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Feb 10 2013

Hags of Lag – Boobs = Camwhores =/= Gamers

If you haven’t read it already, Kotaku has a phenomenal article on the treatment of female e-sport players and streamers.

The overt sexism and racism within our hobby is strangling the quality of games we play. In a world of increasing social value of gaming and a move from a single player to a multi player experience this is poisoning the experience.

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  1. 1
    Mattir, Another One With Boltcutters

    Thanks. Yet another entry in the “I hate people” ledger.

  2. 2
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Either everyone who streams an image of themselves is a “camwhore”, or no one is. Not that I find this to be a particularly useful or creditable term. Its intent is ugly. And it has nothing to do with quality of gameplay or gamer-ness of the person doing it.

  3. 3
    serena

    I am a woman and a TwitchTV streamer. This article was relevant to me and it’s nice to see it mentioned here too =)

    FWIW, to me it’s a place where I get to hang out with friends playing video games and watching each other and talking. I call it ‘hanging out in the future’ – we get to sit around chatting and playing video games like I did when I was a teen only now it’s global. I’m friends with world-record holding Tomb Raider speedrunners; I used to dream back in the ’90s of getting to see people from around the world share in my passions.

    I streamed Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) last month, and was able to share in all of my viewer’s nostalgia and memories and tips and tricks and they got to re-live their first experience through me. As a woman and a lifetime gamer, I never ever thought I’d get to share in it with other people. Let alone get some praise and attention for it.. heck let alone get some money out of it.

    I present myself as a woman (I use a camera and mic), but I’m a lazy slob and viewers are lucky if I even bothered to comb my hair on a given day. I’ve been streaming at least once a day for nearly a year, and I’m up to around 250 followers right now with the typical session having around 5 to 12 regular viewers. I don’t advertise much, I don’t have a donation button, but a few of my viewers have purchased hardware for me (a controller, a keyboard), and I’ve received lots of games gifted to me.

    If I made a genuine effort to become ‘popular’, would that make me a camwhore? Or does the simple fact that I’m a woman showing her face/voice online make me so already? I’ve read a lot and heard viewer opinions and I’m frankly undecided – the ‘fastest’ way to get ‘popular’ probably would be to put on some makeup and point the camera down a bit. For now I suppose I’m happy with lower quantity viewers at higher quality.

  4. 4
    glodson

    If I made a genuine effort to become ‘popular’, would that make me a camwhore? Or does the simple fact that I’m a woman showing her face/voice online make me so already? I’ve read a lot and heard viewer opinions and I’m frankly undecided – the ‘fastest’ way to get ‘popular’ probably would be to put on some makeup and point the camera down a bit. For now I suppose I’m happy with lower quantity viewers at higher quality.

    I was thinking about this last night. I read the article, and I sat down to think about it. It was on my mind because I have a little girl who loves games. It is almost like we, as the gaming community as a whole, have a group of people that flatly disbelieve the notion that there are women who like games. So a woman gets on cam and plays a game, she still isn’t a gamer, she’s just a cam-whore! There’s nothing anyone can do to change these guy’s minds.

    And when they are confronted with a woman who like games, they lash out. It makes no sense. It is stupid. In fact, it is a bit insane. I want women to enjoy games. I want men to enjoy games. I think games are pretty cool, and I think that everyone wants the same basic things out of games: entertainment.

    Oh, that does remind me that I need to get Ocarina of Time. My little girl loves Wind Waker, my wife and I play that with her often. She’s not quite old enough to play on her own, but she loves that. It would be fun to record what it is like to play with her. Maybe not so fun to watch as she constantly wants to feed the fishies.

  5. 5
    Marcus Ranum

    There are a lot of women who play games fairly quietly, because they can’t stand the abuse they get if they gender identify. One of my friends is on WoW or DCUO all the time (we coop play a lot) and usually plays a rogue that’s stealthed out and never interacts with anyone. She doesn’t go on group quests because she gets questions she doesn’t want to answer. I always wondered how many other woman gamers have adopted similar stealth approaches.

  6. 6
    Perchloric Acid

    I have to admit, I don’t see the point of broadcasting yourself while playing a game. But that doesn’t excuse the maltreatment of those who do.

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