Do you remember how games were back then? The thrill of getting chased by a boulder in Crash Bandicoot, or even going against Bowser in Super Mario 64. All of these nostalgic games live in our memories, but as technology advances throughout the years, so does gaming. And most importantly, the people within the community undergo changes as well. The gaming community started off as a group of gamers who came together and created their clan or squad; but as more people started joining in, small non-competitive tournaments, and even discussion panels started going on the rise. Before long, gaming slowly began having its own place in modern society.
As we can observe, the representation of the gaming community as portrayed by the media has always been portrayed as a male-dominated community in a sense, even though female gamers make up a large portion of gaming as well. In fact, female gamers are so prominent, that there are even female streamers who play games on livestreams professionally. Unfortunately, Internet harassment against female gamers has been one of the gaming community’s biggest issues for the longest time. And like most female gamers out there, the streamers themselves have been subjected to prejudice and discrimination, at the hands of the gaming community. Big twitch streamers like Imane “Pokimane” Anys, have faced a lot of harassment on the internet, which she has spoken up about. For example, she talk about her feelings of being tired of getting harassed on Valorant, and she even requested for an “anonymous mode” due to being called vulgarities like “thot” and “skank” by harassers on the internet.
Being a professional gamer as a female has become a difficult task; as female gamers face prejudice and discrimination, and are cyberbullied; often being told that they are “unskilled”, that “games are not meant for girls”, or that they should “go back to the kitchen”, even if they’re competing at the highest level. They also face being doubted if they’re good at a game; like in a situation faced by Geguri, a profesional Overwatch player. She was accused of cheating because she was good at the game, much to the doubt of the community. In order to prove her innocence, she livestreamed herself playing, so people would stop doubting her for her skills. As you can see, there are a lot of obstacles being faced by female gamers for simply doing what they do. However, my question to you is, how toxic do you think the gaming