What Got Me Pissed Off: 37 Things Gamers Say by IGN
Was not expecting to get pissed off today by a simple Youtube video, but I guess stuff happens like that. IGN is a channel on Youtube used to promote different video games and other aspects of gamer culture. When I saw the title of one of their older videos, I thought it sounded like a fun video to see and I’ll admit I was enjoying it….until about 23 seconds in. In case you don’t feel like watching the video, a guy dressed up as a girl comes on screen to throw in some “girl gamer” sayings (one of them created the title of this article) and ultimately creates a giant sexist hole in the entire video.
I wouldn’t say that I’m well-educated about feminism as some of my friends but I’ve heard many basic arguments about it from them as well as from many social-justice blogs that I follow. This section of the video contains the worst sexism that I have seen in a long while and, seeing as this video is from 2012, I hope that this is not an on standing belief held by the staff of IGN.
It got me thinking about my own experiences with sexism in the sphere of gaming. Of course, any female gamer is aware of the use of sexualisation of female characters that has been apparent in video games from the very beginning. However, being a female gamer in the gaming community can be just as offensive.
The ever common retort, “go back to the kitchen”, as well as being told to go back to more “girlier games” is often commentary that female gamers are faced with while playing in online multiplier environments. I myself, luckily, have not had such things said to me while playing but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t feel threatened.