Gaming culture is horrifying sometimes, I wrote about it in my ‘I can’t play LoL’ article, and the way I feel about that article is this: No one wants to read it! Not just because it’s poorly written, but I feel attacked when I talk about how terrible gaming culture is. Like i’m some how an outsider for saying “It’s not cool to shout faggot at everyone in a game”. You want an example, here’s one of the top figures in Fighting Games defending the communities right to be fucking terrifying. Total-Biscut isn’t much better in SC2. So today, I read an article by Patrick “The Inovater” Chapin, and was floored.
Chapin is talking about a surge in female placement at top level MtG events. As terrible as the LoL community is, MtG is face to face, meat space terror. It’s not as bad as x-box live fps games, but it’s on the same scale. He talks about:
A) How awesome it is that women are finally starting to place well in the tournaments, and underlies some of the barriers they face.
B) Takes some casters to task for being harsher on female players play mistakes.
C) Yells at the MtG community for it’s rape metaphors.
D) Talks about the negative reactions people get for promoting common sense things like ‘Hey, let’s not have the artwork promoting the event be a harem of nearly naked women fawning in submission over a lich!’
Chapin isn’t the first person to say these things, but he says them well. More over, he’s at the top of his field, and he’s saying them in a very public forum, so hopefully some people will listen. I know it’s pretty terrible, but I really want a day9 daily where the topic is ‘not using hateful slurs as a derogative for things you don’t like, even if you aren’t really a racist/homophobe/sexist’ (and the sc2 community is good by gaming standards).
Hats off to you Mr. Chapin, keep on fighting the good fight!