I had some trouble coming up with a title for this post so I went to google and typed in “Gamers are” and waited to see what would be suggested for me. What I saw left me a little confused.
“Awesome” was the first suggestion. So far so good. Then there was “annoying”. Fair enough I guess? Then came “worst”. Ok, I can think of many things “worse” than gamers. What about stepping in water with socks on? That’s pretty bad I’d say.
Then the next one up was “misogynist”. Of course it’s wrong to assume that all gamers are men that will attack you at the drop of a hat once they find out you are a woman. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this happen on multiple occasions. So much so that women are often times reluctant to speak at all in these lobbies. I know many girls that are better than me at several games. Gaming isn’t a gender-specific activity so we need to quit treating it like it is.
We all love the same stuff so why can’t we just all enjoy it together? I recently attended Dreamhack Austin and was able to see firsthand how excited and passionate gamers can be. How inclusive and friendly they were. The stereotype of misogyny is there for a reason. it is up to us as gamers to show others that being a gamer is so much more than just sitting in front of a monitor in a dark room.
So the next time you see (hear) someone online being toxic (whatever the reason) do me a favor and call them out on it. It takes courage but others will follow your example.