[ View the story "She got game" on Storify] She got game Should sexual harassment of women in online games have real world consequences?
The Stream· Wed, Jun 04 2014 19:11:11
Video games are big business,
both the film and music industries in terms of annual revenue. With the worldwide video game market
to reach $100 billion by 2017, and a global online gamer
population of 700 million
people, the industry has come a long way since the days of
Super Mario Bro
In one notorious
, a female player was taunted with questions about her bra size and physically smelled by her coach as punishment for losing a round in the game Cross Assault:
Day 1: Sexual Harassment on Cross Assaultcrossassaultharass
Ignoring that 47% of gamers are women, men need to see women as powerful, capable, strong, & independent, too. That helps stop sexism.TheFeminineMissGeek
So guy gamers complain about not getting any gf's....but when we find girl gamers...they start insulting them...#makeupyourmindsJosнн Bɑrlεs
Guy gamers complain that there aren't any girl gamers and the girl gamers complain that there are too many weird guy gamers. #GamerProblemsMelina Vader
of being insulted by other gamers online, with words like "fat", "ugly", and "slut" :
Forever fat on Xbox Live.Shannon
When guys call you a virgin on xbox ... and then ten minutes later you're a slut. Nice logic!J Smith
Girl on Xbox: There's a guy at B.
Random guy: Slut.❤
Getting called fat and ugly on Xbox live Spaghetto
Not every girl that pays xbox is ugly/fat.. Rude guys that r mad im better then them #xboxliveJamie Vermeersch
I'm the ugly fat chick you play Xbox with #xbox #xboxlive #gamerchick #xnox360legendaryy23
In discussing the prevalence of sexism in online gaming, some
on the industry itself, citing the abundance of hypersexualised female game characters and the
low number of female game developers.
Anita Sarkeesian at TEDxWomen 2012tedxtalks
In response some video game developers have begun implementing systems that take more proactive stances against harassment. Riot Games - makers of the popular "League of Legends" game - recently
a "Tribunal" system that lets players vote on reported incidents of harassment.
Microsoft's Xbox One reputation system
was also developed to segregate low-rated players from the rest of its online community.
IGN News - Xbox One Reputation System Explainedignentertainment
The Stream asked its community if players should be held accountable for sexual harassment in online gaming. Here are some of the responses:
@AJStream Reasonable restrictions are imperative even if that impacts a players' experience. No rules=Anarchy in both real & virtual world!Nakul V
@AJStream No but it should have virtual consequences. Players should be muted or banned e.g Dota 2 players get temporarily muted for abuse. Mc a7lam
@AJStream same as in nonvirtual life, ban them from the game of temporarily on each offense. Like Losing their virtual freedomDuncan Hamilton
@AJStream "boys will be boys" is the kinda mentality that will continue to perpetuate this sexual harassment of womenIdil