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PSA: The Let’s Play Community Has a Toxic Sexism Problem

If you’ve been on YouTube in the past 10 or so years, you’re bound to have run into at least one “Let’s Play.” For those who may not know, Let’s Playing (now more commonly called LPing) is when someone documents their playthrough of a game through videos, and less often, screenshots, all while adding personal commentary and focusing on their experience with the game as an individual. This has become a hobby and passion for countless gamers of all genders, races, languages, and cultures across the ever-growing internet—to the point where it has gained so much pull within gamer culture that it’s also become some peoples’ careers thanks to things like Google AdSense and Twitch. Unfortunately, though, this community, like most, is not without its faults.

Picture this: you’re a 15-year-old girl who’s been playing games like Tomb Raider, Portal, Minecraft, Pokémon, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, Smash, and more your whole life, and you just found out about the online gaming community beyond troll-filled forums and online walkthroughs. Your brother has also just started creating his own Let’s Plays. Initially, you think it’s kind of silly, but after he introduces you to his and other LPs, you warm up to it. In fact, you’re really excited to start making some! So you start finding LPers that you like and befriend some of your brother’s friends on Twitter and YouTube because they, too, share a lot of your interests. Upon befriending them, however, you find yourself extremely uncomfortable with their idea of jokes, as well as the scrutiny you face within the group.

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Fight
  • INTJ: ESFP, sometimes you're just too reckless. You really need to think of the consequences before you do or say something idiotic that will get you into trouble.
  • ESFP: WELL YOU'RE A BIG JERK AND I HATE YOU!
  • ESFP: BITCH YOU WANNA GO?!
  • INTJ: Oh no. I'm terrified of a girl who plays minecraft all day. What shall I do?
  • ESTP: FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT
  • ESFP: OH ITS ON!
  • INTP: *intensly watching the argument*
  • ISTP: *trying to not laugh their ass off*
  • ENFJ: NO FIGHT, LETS NOT FIGHT, WE'RE ALL FRIENDS HERE!
  • ISFJ: internally: Why am I friends with these people
  • ISFJ: externally: *sighs*
  • ESTP: SEE ISFJ WANTS TO SEE THE FIGHT TOO
  • ENFJ: SHE DIDN'T EVEN SAY ANYTHING!
  • ISTP: I hate you all.
  • ESFP: *goes up to INTJ and raises their fists*
  • INTJ: Omg, you seriously want to?
  • ISTP: *kicks the back of ESFP's knee, causing her to fall*
  • ISTP: Not anymore.
  • *INTJ and ISTP smirk at each other*
  • *ESFP lies on the floor, defeated*
  • *ENFJ goes over to ESFP and tries to get her to move*
  • *ISFJ leaves the room to get some popcorn*
  • *ESTP is laughing hysterically in the background*
  • *INTP is still sitting down, wondering if they should laugh, high-five ISTP and INTJ, sneak off into the kitchen to get food, or try to help ENFJ get ESFP off the floor*
  • *INTP decides to go on their phone*