July 28, 2007 80 Comments
I received this comment yesterday on one of my articles about female gamers. The subject matter was three mistakes that female gamers make that hurt our overall reputation. His sexist comment wasn’t entirely relevant to the subject at hand but instead a reflection (I use that term loosely) on female gamers in general. I didn’t publish it there as I wanted it to receive special attention. I thought it was worthy of its own article. These are his words, verbatim.
From Whiteguysamurai :
You are a girl, and this is a boy’s club. We built it, we funded it and we made it big.
There is no reason you should feel entitled to join our club.
If your gender had submitted anything more than Sims skins, you may be welcomed more often.
There is no glass ceiling in this industry, there are women big-ups, Rieko Kodama is just one of them, but if you ask her, she’s not even into games her self.
And frankly, just because you can play your boyfriend’s Xbox, does not make you a gamer.
Gamers are people who spend a great deal of time and money on getting games, building PCs for games and spending endless time perfecting their skills.
If you want to really earn that title of gamer, you will have to show more than a passing interest in halo, guitar hero or the latest weak attempt at getting non-gamers interested the Wii.
You will have to accept that you are not welcome here in the world of gaming, on the contrary you are seen as an intruder!
And whatever skill you may have, will never be as sophisticated as a man’s, because he’s had years of practice while you, at one point were not interested in games at all.
As i said, your gender will forever be ostracized from the gaming community at large, partly because of discrimination, but mostly because your gender never contributed anything other than rude looks while the men of your lives played madden instead of doing what you wanted them to do.
Also, pointing out the fact that you are a girl at almost every point in your blog does little to help your cause.