Erika Soyf*cker wrote:
These cowards would never say this to her face.
Yes, yes they would. It's pretty unpleasant. I could find examples, but I'm not gonna.
And no, these typically aren't the people who want games to be taken more seriously, who, in my experience, are usually pretty cool and not raging 15-year-old sexism beasts (possibly in the bodies of 30-year-olds).
There's a weird divide between solid, mature gamers who are pretty thoughtful about games and who write and who engage in active criticism of the medium (see: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com
and some others) and the 15-year-old rage beasts. Things are actually getting better in general-- there are more women making games and writing about games, and there's a more solid attempt to engage women gamers. There are, however, also the multi-million-dollar AAA titles like Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty which generate and apparently encourage a flat-out toxic online community.
I dunno, I'm not going to analyze it here, but there's a reason I mostly play single-player games and avoid global voice chat when I do play online games...