|Originally posted by Lira |
Is it though? Of course it's a generalisation that fails to account for the ordinary guy who maintains healthy relationships in real life, a probable majority, but the amount of abuse female gamers are subjected to is by no means small, and although humans are known to be less polite, cordial, and restrained behind a screen, it's quite likely that a fraction of these abusive gamers - and I'd love to see if there's a study concerning this topic - is obnoxious simply because they're venting their frustration with the opposite sex/non-basement dwellers.
Is it about games, or is it about the anonymous umbrella that online communities foster? If there exists a deeply-rooted misogyny endemic to the internet, this very website most definitely suffers just the same as any idiotic XBL chatroom.
Although it's certainly true that games as an inherent form of escapism certainly encourage and breed said temperament, the same could be said and observed of sports or an interest in cars. It's not about gamers, it's about men getting together and airing their presumable sexual frustrations, wrought with the mimetic endearment of sociosexual expectation.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.