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Well, firstly, thousands of females do, indeed, play competitive games. I’m personally friends with two women who have toured internationally as professional gamers, whereas I do not know a single male who has done the same thing. I also know more women who play Magic than men - it could just be your social circle! A lot of female gamers seem to get treated like they don’t even exist unless they’re attractive, because of the whole male fantasy ‘gamer girl fever’ garbage. Guys don’t want girls who game in their community, they want hot chicks who game. Guys don’t want girls to share their passion as a friend, they want a hot chick who does, and one who’ll date them at that (obviously I am now generalising and realise not ALL guys feel that way, but I do see that often).
Secondly, yeah, men (and other girls) being annoying definitely have the ability to deter women from playing games, but that would depend on personal experience so I don’t feel I can answer that part. Personally, the only sexual crap I’ve ever received playing an online game was in Guild Wars where I was a male character/had no indication of my gender anyway and some random in the chat asked if we could “cyber”. While I’m sure it’s true, I suspect the whole ‘girls get relentlessly harassed in online games!’ might be an exaggeration. Aside from the occasional ‘are you a girl?’ I have received absolutely no different treatment to any male friends when playing games online, with a mic on, even though that was all I did for a good 3 years.
Thirdly, and most importantly, yes - it can be the type of game. Women generally need more stimulating stories and characters in entertainment media, as a result of oestrogen triggering and/or relying on empathy for entertainment. Men, who are generally more aggressive and competitive as a result of testosterone, are much more likely to play games that focus on them fucking other people up. I highly doubt there’s any actual evidence of this, I just remember reading an article on it (in relation to movies, not games), but I believe it to be true for the most part.
All of this!
Plus, what deterred me away from online multiplayer and the competitive gaming I did doesn’t have anything to do with me being female and/or being harassed. I generally don’t like the attitude overall that online multiplayer and competition a lot of people seem to have. Things just tend to get taken way too seriously and it can be suuuuch a negative and miserable environment that just sorta stops being actually fun.
I played online for fun and for competition since the days when CS:S was huge and back then the girl gamer thing seemed to be considered even more of a rarity and to be honest, I’ve only been harassed a handful of times in my years of online play. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, it absolutely does and it’s awful, but that type of experience didn’t happen nearly as much to me as people seem to assume. I was never the type to avoid the mic and such to hide my gender and even then I didn’t have many problems.
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