Darmalus wrote:I honestly wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a significant female CoD player base that behaved like my last girlfriend: vaguely masculine l33t sp34k user name, abstract avatar, never uses the chat and quietly slaughters the other players.
Until recently, that was the norm. Also, women frankly posing as men, that is, more than "vaguely" masculine name, he-man avatar, never uses chat.
I think World of Warcraft
was the first on-line RPG where I dared to show up as an obviously female character.
I remember when in-game chat first started to get popular. A lot of women avoided it. The guild I was in was pretty adult and open-minded, but every once in awhile we'd get someone maintaining that we can't
have the women in the raid, they just weren't good enough, or insisted they couldn't be tanks, that healing was the only acceptable role for a woman, frank shock that someone they'd seen playing and thought an excellent player was female, accusations that a woman was borrowing a boyfriend's/husband's toon... at this point it's pretty much died down in what I play and those still of that mindset are seen as aberrations.
I also thought it was hilarious
the way guys who took out female toons reacted initially in WoW - yes, guys, we weren't exaggerating about the harassment! It did open a few eyes. Also a certain amount of gay panic in assholes who couldn't comprehend that a male player might have a female toon. A couple of them actually tried to get Blizzard to make it a bannable offense for someone to play a character of a different gender and they were entirely up front about no wanting to accidentally hit on a guy in a girl suit. THAT got a laugh from everyone sane.
At this point the creepers have gotten it through their head that a sizable number of girl toons are operated by guys.
In-game chat also lead to revelations like that cool player you like to go on missions with is actually a little old lady old enough to be your grandmother, or the macho tank is, yes, a guy but he's got five kids and does gooey baby-talk with the toddler. Or, true story, the guildmistress of a guild composed entirely of female toons is actually a hetero man... no, people, only the TOON has to be female, we don't care about what gender the player is. That caused a few brain cramps when a woman got all upset about that.
It's funny what gender and age bias comes out of the woodwork. If we ever get in-game video (I actually sort of hope we don't) we'll have the same brouhahas over race, I'm sure. (OMG! Elmo is voiced by a black man?
You have black voice actors doing white characters, white voice actors doing black chracters, Asian voice actors doing everything? Bart Simpson is actually a WOMAN?!?)