Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content
This article is heartbreaking. And true.
There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit.
There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.
NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.
Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article.
Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.
We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)
“Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.”
Using your privilege to speak up: Priceless.
Also can I randomly mention how happy I am that Guild Wars 2 is putting some of their female staff forward in a very public way and highlighting their work with Points of Interest? Visually normalizing women in the industry is helpful, I think, especially with such a great female moderator like Kate Welch.
"Ascalon! I free you from this curse!"
The Dragon’s Reach: Part 1 arrives on July 29th
I wonder if what happened in AC Story will finally mean anything……
Rytlock: “Ascalon I free you from this curse!”
Me: Bursts into tears, watches the Pre-Searing and Post-Searing cinematics from GW1, needs wine.
"Ascalon, I free you from this Curse."
-All Charr leave forever the end.
Credits. Best update by far. Rurik is alive again for after credit scene.
As I wrote to Citri: The ruins become love dens for Charr comfort women, Charr start huffing all the ectoplasmic residue. Charr hippie revolution starts now.
Jennah was zombie!Rurik all along, Anise’s magic no longer can conceal the gross smell, the face in the locket of the heir to the throne is Rytlock (love child of Adelbern and an aforementioned Charr comfort woman, obvs). He and Logan marry in
Trahearne-douched cleansed Orr and rule over all of Ascalon and Kryta together. Am I forgetting anything?
Why yes…this beautiful X-Men cardigan will be available at our SDCC booth (2913-E) and online after SDCC! www.heruniverse.com/blog/ #marvel #sdcc #sdcc2014
AMAZING. How the hell am I gonna justify another sweater living in California though :( I may just have to be irresponsible on this one. Wow, so cute.
Kitty Pryde & Magik
My brain instantly told me that Kitty’s wearing Pete Wisdom’s coat.