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Hmm, I’m not sure about your advice, o Axsell o. Her technique seems to be fine as it is.

“Playing some TDM on Gears of War 3, this guy was the last one left on his team and I killed him with the sawn off shotgun. He wasn’t impressed so sent me this mail.”

o Axsell o

  • Chris Jacob

    He let you get in range to kill with the sawed-off and he’s calling you bad?  :/

  • Erick Mattos

    There are about 90% sore losers in the online gaming community, the other 10% are the people who are just happy to play a video game after working 8-12 hours a day.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure, but I think Axsell meant to say “u mad?”.

  • sketches

    lol sawed off slut? sounds like a campy comic character. hmm.

  • JustPlainSomething

    Another 180! “GO DIE WHORE! … UM, are you a whore? Will you have sex with me??”

  • Mychael Monstrosity

    Sounds about right.

  • Dominic White

    I have a fun anecdote followed by a few questions. Firstly, the anecdote. When I was a younger man, around 16 years old, I played Unreal Tournament 2004 on the PC. Sadly, these days I’m a console man due to the prices of running a decent gaming PC. Anyway, I actually ran a fairly competitive clan (a few sponsored servers, a sponsored website and an active community) and competed in events brokered by a website called Clanbase. 

    For a bit of fun, I entered a 1v1 competition, of which there were a range of competitors at a range of skill levels that were organised into ‘divisions’, similar to sport. I was placed into the second division out of about 10. One of those competitors was a player with the username ‘Liefje’. She was apparently a rather well known competitive player who had been in magazines and professional competitions. The best female gamer on one of the hardest, skill based games that gaming had to offer. I expected to receive crushing defeat because, after all, gaming is skill derived from practise, reaction speeds and tactical thinking (among other cognitive based skills), so what difference should gender make? I was coming up against an established gamer who takes it all far more seriously than I did. Well, it was an easy win for me. It was no challenge for an ‘above average’ male gamer to crush the pinnacle of female gaming. This story doesn’t prove a point or build an argument, but I felt it was interesting enough to share.

    While playing Modern Warfare 3 on the PS3, I’ve noticed that from time to time, I’ll see a username of a player who clearly feels the need to attract some attention. Nearly all players have silly usernames that give nothing away about their gender. However, it’s not uncommon to see a username that actively highlights the point that the player is a girl. This usually comes in the form of [GIRL] clantags at the start, or something along those lines. These individuals really feel the need to make a point out of their gender. I have to wonder what relevance or importance bragging about your gender has in this environment. It seems to be saying ‘Take a good long look, everybody. Yeah, I’m a girl gamer you sexist dogs. Deal with it. I think you need to be force-fed my gender even though nobody is asking’. 

    So this leads me to my questions. 1) Why do so many girls/women feel the need to make such a point out of their ‘unique’ gender on these games? 

    2) My experience of female players (of whom I could identify due to their ‘LOOK AT ME, I’M A GIRL!’ username) has been that their skill level has always been quite low relative to males. This is based on 10 years of regular and multi-platform/game experience. What are the thoughts on the reasons for this? 

    3) Why is it a surprise to anyone that competitive online gaming is a masculine environment? The purpose is to compete and to win, the in-game tools to do this are usually guns, and there is plenty of abuse going around regardless of gender. Anger, rage and gloating are standard affair. The insults I receive are usually weak because they have nothing to ‘build’ an insult on (no real life information about your weaknesses). If you provide your gender as a female (in a masculine environment), you’re offering up ammunition about yourself.

  • Anonymous

    You seem to be insinuating that women get insulted online because they have a name that advertises their gender.  The thing is, just talking on the mic is good enough to provoke these people.  Or other times the assholes look at the XBL profile.  Many women who receive the harassment aren’t advertising anything more than any male player would.

    When you talk about the need of “so many” women to advertise their gender, it’s because these are the only ladies you notice.  You don’t notice the ladies who don’t use the mic and have a more ambiguous gamertag. You don’t have an accurate understanding of how many women you actually encounter while gaming.  You’re making the mistake of making generalizations based on the most visible minority.

  • Dominic White

    You haven’t pointed out any flaws in my post that anyone with eyes can’t see. I thought I put in enough caveats so that somebody like you doesn’t think they’re being clever by picking apart the blatant limitations (such as assuming I’m generalising. I’m not stupid enough to assume all women identify their gender in their username. I didn’t feel it warranted me pointing that out). Instead of trying to give yourself an ego boost, why not try constructively discussing the topic instead of attempting to make me look dim-witted.

  • Anonymous

    1.) I think there are a couple possible answers here. First, there are in fact females out there who play video games for attention purposes only. Now, I know nobody likes to admit that as it tends to “give all female gamers a bad image”, but it does happen and it’s very unfortunate.

    I also think that some women may just be damn proud of the fact that they are female and reflect that online. Perhaps they do so by choosing an obviously feminine gamertag, or clan tag like you said. But, how does this differ from someone who is proud of their heritage or culture? Just about every day I see tags like LatinPride04 or PuertoRicanPower. People don’t generally hold these people in the same regard as say GirlPower92 or CuteBritt41, of course, but my point is there are some women out there who are just proud and aren’t looking for attention. 

    Then we have the women out there with gender neutral everything, but still catch flak for having a voice of a higher octave. Seems as though we can’t win at times. We just can’t please everyone.

    2.) My first assumption would be that these are the women I discussed in the beginning of my first answer. They are strictly in it for the attention and don’t care about how well they can quick scope or us a torque bow.

    But we also can’t rule out the fact that there are PEOPLE out there that just aren’t very good at games. You can love games and still suck at them. They have a girly gamertag and they can’t use a sniper for shit. So what? Maybe they genuinely enjoy what they’re doing.

    3.) I don’t think I’ve met anyone who is SURPRISED that competitive online gaming is a masculine environment. I think people are surprised at the fact that people are so adamant about keeping it that way. Here, I’m referring to the individuals featured on our site- the colorful characters who go out of their way to harass females simply for being female.

    In your last question, you imply that competitive online gaming is masculine because there are guns, there’s abuse, anger, rage, and gloating. My response to this is, it’s 2012. Women are more comfortable now than every before in admitting that THEY LIKE THIS STUFF TOO! In the way past, I’m sure it was frowned upon for women to be interested in the propellors of a ship (Titanic reference!) or how an engine works. But our gender has evolved, and so has our interests. It’s silly to still think that because there’s violence and gore and not ponies rainbows that women won’t be interested.

    Lastly, you stated that if we provide our gender as a female in this “masculine environment”, we’re offering up ammunition about yourself. You are 100% correct and it’s a damn shame. But why should we have to hide? Why should we have to try and blend in with the masculinity? The notion that we should have to change is ridiculous. We’re fine. It’s the kind of people on our site that need to do the changing!

  • Anonymous

    Haha, what?   There’s so much to respond to– it’s hard to pick where to start.

    “You haven’t pointed out any flaws in my post that anyone with eyes can’t see.”

    Hilarious.  I think you hold too high the esteem of people with peepers.  This site showcases plenty of folk who would read your post and take it as evidence of why girls are just a bunch of cry babies.  If you’re not going to be a responsible communicator by mitigating your flaws, then I will do what I can to expose them.

    “ I thought I put in enough caveats…”

    Where did you think you put these?

    “ I’m not stupid enough to assume all women identify their gender in their username.”

    I never accused you of doing such a thing.  However, the implication of you asking “why so many women need to advertise their gender” is that you feel a significant portion of the victims here were harassed because they advertised their gender.  If this isn’t your intent, then I cannot discern how anything you said bares any relevance.So, what is your point?  Are you really just asking, “Why do people who like attention seek attention?”

    Still, I don’t think you have an accurate perception of the amount of women you’ve played with.  I see no basis to bother asking why the women-you’ve-identified-via-blatant-gamertag have relatively lower scores to males.  I mean, in that question, you’re essentially assuming that anyone who doesn’t have a girlie gamertag to be male.  Or maybe you’re assuming that the good players are male?  I don’t know what kind of mental gymnastics you’re doing to make this seem like a relevant question.

    “Instead of trying to give yourself an ego boost, why not try constructively discussing the topic instead of attempting to make me look dim-witted.”

    Oh, such a juicy one!

    I promise you that responding to you gives me no ego-boost.

    Okay, I guess I lied because I love how much condescension I packed into that last sentence.

    Despite how shitty my last sentence was, I sincerely have no interest in making you or anyone else seem dim-witted.  I struggle too much with trying to get people to use some intelligence to be amused by making someone seem dim-witted.

    I want the gaming culture to be less terrible.  And that takes vigilance from the people who want that change.  People have got to stand up to the folks who make the game-space worse.  Whether it’s someone actively being awful, or people enabling it by saying uninformed things, it still feeds the monster.

    It’s amazing that you can accuse me of not “constructively discussing the topic”.  I see nothing in your comment that refers to the post.  You start off with a story you shared, just because you felt like it.  Then you ask questions about lady-gamers, which now you seem to insist are separate from the harassment issue.  Somehow. You’ve got a bunch of clarification to do. Anyways, I’m at least as on topic as you.Though, perhaps, your issues is that I wasn’t being constructive.  That could be– maybe I was just being a dick.  *looks back*  Nope, I was actually pretty cordial with you.  From what you have said, it really seems you have a skewed perspective.  I offered an explanation of why your perception could be skewed.  If your perception wasn’t skewed, you wouldn’t have asked those questions.  Just because you don’t like what I say, it doesn’t mean I’m not being constructive– it could just mean you’re obstinate.

  • Alex Camargo

    I’m 10% :D lol I’m just a 17 year old girl who loves to game and I suck at a lot of online gaming but its still fun c:

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