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    My partner was a fanatical CounterStrike player in her early teens, and a very good sniper, a position that tends to frustrate its victims in any case -- but some of the reactions she got were volcanic. If you think that some male gamers are rude to women in general, you can imagine how they behave after a thirteen-year-old girl has shot them in the head five times in a row, and they still have no idea where she is. Let's just say they weren't very good losers.

    She still plays Team Fortress 2, and has told me that it's a good deal easier now to be known as a woman. She's also met openly gay players who were not being harassed. It depends a great deal on the culture of the server you're playing on, and the attitude of the admins. If they automatically ban people who harass women and call people fags, it stops pretty quickly. Xbox Live is a notorious sewer when it comes to tolerance and maturity, so it may be a bit misleading to draw broad conclusions from experiences there.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 09:29:22 PM PDT

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