A Few Thoughts and a Lot of Love

So a little over a month ago, we started a little site for laughs having no idea how big it would get. I just wanted to share my appreciation for all our readers, and the AWESOME messages we get through email, twitter, facebook, and on xboxlive that make me so happy that we created this site.

You all have been amazing, and it makes my heart smile to see the messages from people saying “I thought I was the only one”, and that you know you’re not alone anymore.

I also want to say that EVERYONE gets trash talked online, and as long as there’s anonymity, it will probably always happen. However, online gaming is such a rewarding experience, and I have met so many of my closest friends because of it. Be proud you’re a gamer, and don’t ever let trash talkers keep you down.

xoxoxo

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Caronia/100001408827015 Ian Caronia

    This site is great. You and yours are all great for making it happen. Thanks so much for this site and both the enlightenment and comedy it brings. You all rock.

  • http://twitter.com/maverynthia Maverynthia

    I can only hope this site serves to show game companies what really goes on in the games and how it affects the people that play them so that they can hopefully make their worlds a better place for everyone.

  • Anonymous

    I read this site frequent. To often i’m ashamed to be a man. Keep up the good work you are awesome.

  • Anonymous

    I somehow doubt it. They pretty much relinquish all responsibility every time they say “Online interactions are not rated”. One could hope though, right?

    I can’t emphasize how psyched I am everyday that this site is doing well and that you guys bring the funny on a regular basis. Nice post, Feday you huttslut

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Hobson/100001627311584 Daniel Hobson

    Thanks for all the hard work you put into this site. It’s great.

  • Anonymous

    I must say that this is a great site. Keep up the good work. I frequently come on the site to get a few laughs during work. To everyone that send stories in keep doing what you’re doing. To all the assholes(99% guys, 1% alien) out there, stay classy. >.<

  • http://twitter.com/regames Re: Games

    Not going to happen and for a simple enough reason: a good bunch of those guys who make those games are just a message away from appearing in this site. For some, the prospect of losing their jobs probably is the only thing keeping them from sending hate mail. That’s just how the industry is – at least for now.

  • Anonymous

    Just want to say what you’re doing here is great. Keep it up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrispiers Chris Piers

    I think you are doing something positive. People should not hide behind a perceived wall of anonymity. We called the site out as Gamers of the Month on my podcast, Joint Ops. Keep doing what you’re doing.

  • http://twitter.com/xanamir Matthew Ciarvella

    I alternated between laughing, groaning and pure “wtf”-edness as I read through the archives. I’ll definitely be reading from now on. Great site; keep up the good work!

  • http://twitter.com/AntonTweets Anthony

    As a guy gamer I gotta say I hope things get better for women gamers sooner rather than later. I enjoy playing online with people of all ages and nationalities and its everyone’s loss that it seems to be predominantly male only.

    Gaming should be fun for all. I hope this site inspires women and men alike to be more considerate to each other online!

  • http://twitter.com/I_Not_Sure_I Not Sure

    Yeah its wrong to trash ppl based on gender race creed ect ect ect, but dammit I’d rather have anonymity online than state mandated political correctness. I really dont feel like getting sued for libel because I called the tard camping in the corner of the map a no skill tard.
    That said these post are really funny as is the site, and it is too bad you cant get data on the average age of female bashers. If I was to wager a guess I would put it at about 14.

  • http://www.facebook.com/narnar Natalie Willoughby

    Ladies, I cannot tell you how wonderful this site is. Playing MGS 3 Online was difficult for me once weirdos out there found out I was a girl. But it’s not just online either – it was my friends growing up, too. And I’m talking other girls, here – my guy friends were quite supportive of my gaming. But the girls did all kinds of mad shit talking about the whole thing. Unfortunately, it’s the interwebs that brings out the weirdos and the creeps. I can’t believe some of the things I’ve read on here (like the 13 year old who wanted to put someone in thigh high stockings and “rape” her – SERIOUSLY?!). I’m just so happy to find that women not only play video games and MMORPGs, they are now coming out in the open about it.

  • Anonymous

    This site has provoked in me a very marked ambivalence.

    On the one side I’m quite pleased with the initiative taken here to stomp out, or perhaps more correctly to illuminate, a disturbing issue infecting the gaming world today and on the other hand I’m troubled by a few specific points you have made as well as some of the ways in which you have made them.

    The most troubling thing I have read on this site is stated on your “about” page, “Some players like to send creepy, disturbing, insulting, degrading and/or just plain rude messages to other online players, usually women.” To say that it is usually women who are demeaned on a regular bases through video games is a lie. There is so much hatred streaming through controllers that everyone takes their fair share. I agree that women do have to deal with a very selective and often times heightened form of abuse which is intolerable, but to propose that they are receiving the majority of the attention from the ignorant members of our community is wrong. Your above emphasis on the fact that EVERYONE gets trash talked is actually why I chose to post my concerns in response to this blog.

    In addition to that I feel that some of your decisions regarding how you represent the content of this website specifically the context of that content is inherently biased and as a result detracts from the overall validity. To name one such example I would like to draw attention to the post entitled “It was the lag.” By reading the comments (and by the shear number of them) it is obvious that it is one of the more controversial posts already, but what I found interesting was no where in the offenders post does he make a statement which can be exclusively linked to a female victim nor does he make any overtly sexual remarks. Conversely when I click on the username of the woman claiming to be the original poster of this content the very first thing I saw was a Twitter post where she threatens to rape supermarket employees for removing her favorite cereal from the shelves. While that may seem like an ad hominem argument I see it as more a reflection of the universally used and accepted jargon of our community. How can we admonish others for the use of these terms and insults if we are so free to throw them around ourselves.

    Finally I would like to say that as a very shy gamer who tends to never where a head set because of the prevalence of abuse in games I strongly want to support and enable this site to grow in to a forum through which we can recognize our own failings and learn to treat each other better in what should be a friendly environment. I would like that forum to be a place in which both male and female voices can reign in equally on an issue that needs to be recognized and addressed.

    Keep up the excellent work and try not strike so hard that you wound yourself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neca-Jarnagin/1010598921 Neca Jarnagin

    I am so pleased to find this site!!! As a girl gamer I have had a few bad comments for just having a vagina. Can’t wait to post what they say and not just delete it. Can you had post with voice as well?

  • Anonymous

    yep. we’ve done a few audio posts already, as well as youtube ones!

  • Anonymous

    Love the whole website and the mission! Came here from Kotaku, “liked” you on Facebook too.

    In answer to guys saying they get their share of rude verbal abuse in games, I don’t feel it’s the same at all, not even close. Person to person guys will be rude to each other all the time, not just in games and you just shrug it off. But what I’ve seen of the type of abuse heaped on female gamers is particularly vile and loathsome and would never be uttered face to face. They wouldn’t have the guts, but cowering behind a screen and a controller makes it easy to get away with.

    PS I find the text is a bit hard to read, not much contrast between the gray text and white background. Sorry to nitpick =)

    PSS Going to look into advertising here next month

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000252400425 Tabatha Morgan

    I would have to say that I must be one of the luckiest girls to play online games. I have never had a problem from guys as far as what I have read on here. With most guys if you demand respect and show them that you are one of the best they give you respect . I have ran a few guilds on WoW and everyone who has ever played with me knew I was a female player. All I can say that has helped me was demand respect give respect and show them that your the best and they will give respect.

  • http://twitter.com/carguno Los

    Man, I know there are guys out in the online world whose higher cognitive abilities seem to break down when they encounter a girl in a game, but this just really highlights it. I started looking at the posts just shaking my head, and as I got deeper in it kind of saddened me; for one in not knowing the extent of how bad the problem is, secondly for realizing at least half of it would go away if they had to show even a picture of themselves. I don’t mean as a mandatory thing, but its one of the sticking points for me with human nature that a great majority of us see anonymity as carte blanche. I mean seriously, threats of death and rape? Calling someone you’ve never seen fat (as if its not a condition/state of being but an insult)? On a lower level, even my inner Grammar Nazi gets enraged seeing the Kindergarten English and knowing that at least some of these guys are (legally) adults. Ugh, I could ramble on, but I’ll end this here and say that while it’s hard to look at, I’m glad you’re showing the full extent of the problem in one, easy to find place. I wish you the best of luck.

  • http://twitter.com/jade_everything Jade Carver

    Bookmarked :)

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