“I don’t want to be a male online. I just want to be me.” Vancouver's Kimberly Voll hopes to bring change with this weekend's game jam, iamagamer, featuring strong female protagonists.
When local activist Stephanie Guthrie chose to call amateur game designer Ben “Bendilin” Spurr to account for his vile, violent game Beat Up Anita Sarkeesian, she didn’t expect to attract the attention of local and national media, the writer and director of The IT Crowd, or the ire of anonymous angry male gamers. But through it all, she stuck to her guns and dragged an ugly but important issue into the spotlight.
Guys – and today, unfortunately, I am speaking to the fellas – we really need to talk. The misogyny and the sexism that’s been slowly seeping into video games and the broader gaming lexicon – it has to stop. Now.