Hello again everyone,
In my never ending quest for more information about sexism in games and such, I stumbled upon this wonderful article about a women who has been playing the Massively Multiplayer Online Game EVE. Rydis is one of the most prominent players in the game and is extremely successful despite, or in fact because of being a woman (this will be discussed). What the article highlights is simply how he felt about her position as a woman in gaming and seeming, an observation of the way she was treated as such. In her early years with an organization in the game she was given an offer of advancement (not terribly familiar with the way EVE works, sorry) in exchange for a picture of her boobs…She obliged, and was boosted for a bit.
What interested me here was how she was able to use her anatomy to her advantage. Oft the perception of gamers is a bunch of drooling nerds bumbling on the internet over any boobs they might see. Well, unfortunately for her, that’s the case.
So sure, this helped her out at first, but eventually, one can notice and change in peoples attitude, people want more “proof” that shes a girl. From what I gathered, this didn’t bother her too much, but it just shows how ravenous male gamers can be, it exhibits a certainty that women will be harassed if male games figure out that they are female.
“Female gamers are judged, harassed, and subjected to pressures to which male gamers can’t begin to relate.”
Rydis is a wonderful success story from the EVE gaming community, and I myself have known some wonderful women gamers in my days who have forged such an identity, but you have to wonder how many people pick up a game, deal with this harassment and realize that its not worth it. When you can’t speak into a mic, and share in the fun that everyone else gets to in co-op play, how long will you enjoy this game? Just some food for thought.
Also, Rydis has a delightful secret to her success despite her identity, you’ll have to read the full article here if you want to know more: