You may have read something about the abuse received by a blogger/researcher looking to get some Kickstarter funding to research the representation of women in video games. If not, read all about it here. Here’s a follow-up blog in the New Statesman about the conservatism of gamers.
In the face of this orthodoxy the arrival of women on the scene, carrying with them an agenda of change, it is inevitably greeted with vitriol and anger by gamers who perceive their precious stream of the same thing as last year to be under threat. Worse it is not just the women who openly have an agenda who face this wrath; female gamers are also abused merely for the crime of being female. Female gamers are seen as harbingers of some sort of oestrogen induced end of days for gaming, a spoilt little sister who has climbed the rope ladder to our clubhouse and is intending to paint it pink.