The article is certainly worth reading before bothering with my views on the matter anyway.
Don’t worry, my views will still be here when you’re done.
The LRP systems I have been involved in are pretty much self policing when it comes to bullying in general.
Yes, I’ve heard horror stories from some of the ladies I larp with; strange men trying to get in their tents and the like and a refusal from some to take “No” as an answer, but all of the anecdotes have usually ended with “But then so-and-so walled them up and they never bothered me again”.
That’s one of the things I like about LARP, there’s a real sense of community and a warm and fluffy “help each other out attitude” from most of the people I’ve met through LRP.
(Sickeningly sweet I know, who would have thought I could do saccharine… where’s my Insulin?)
The problem is a very real one when it comes to online gaming though.
The article above is a call-to-arms for us to stop that kind of misogynist behaviour.
Specifically a call to the mature adult male gamer – which isn’t as contradictory as it first sounds, after all, the major culprits of the griefing detailed in the article, already treat anything that a lady says with contempt.
I’m very much more of a solo gamer than a social one.
Sure, I’ll play a few hours of FPS online with friends and even have one or two XBox Live “friends” who I have only ever interacted with via multiplayer gaming; it’s also worth noting that I’ve never bought into the whole MMO mentality though.
One of the things that has put me off online gaming is the very attitude that the article writes about.
Anonymous, puerile abuse spouted over your headset as you’re trying to enjoy your game of choice.
There’s only so much of that kind of constant babble that I can take without losing the will to continue playing.
You don’t hear it so much when you’re in your own party but if you log onto random arenas you can guarantee that it will start as soon as one of the gamers is revealed to be a lady.
Lady gamer friends have told me of occasions where they end up being fragged by some loser on their own team as soon as they speak… and that is just unacceptable.
So I agree with the sentiment. Join the call to arms and stamp out this immature and prejudiced attitude wherever you find it.
Would you let someone talk that way to your Mother, Sister or Lover?
Block them, report them and if you’re feeling brave let them know they’re out of order… the worst they can do is give you grief in return and that’s what the Mute option is for!
(Erm… that last statement maybe isn’t that accurate… as this article from 2010 tells us… stay safe people)
I’d be interested to hear other opinions from gamers on this subject, regardless of gender.