Gamer Girls Band Together, Ask "What Kind of Player Are You?"
A new video on YouTube has served as a Public Service Announcement calling for equality among gamers. Though the focus is on "gamer girls", the video is about much more than that. It's about equality among all people.
In the video, a group of young gamer girls band together to take a stand against the harassment that takes place in video games.
You don't need me to tell you that racism, sexism, and all the other "isms" still exist in not just the video game world, but the real world as well. Just from the comments on the YouTube video alone you can see that it is still around.
While the video focuses on video games, it can be viewed as something much more than that.
Like the video says, "Don't be racist. Don't be homophobic. Don't be sexist. Follow that code and everybody will have a good time. And when someone breaks that code, CALL THEM OUT. Don't just let it ride."
There seems to be mixed reactions to this video from both guys and girls alike. While some guys enjoy seeing women take a stand, others feel they are unfairly being lumped into a category made from a few bad apples. Even some girls are having some problems with the video. Many girls don't feel the need to point out that they are girls and play games. They just play them.
Personally, I'm looking beyond the "gamer" message and seeing the broader picture. The fact that in 2011, soon to be 2012, people still are racist, homophobic, and sexist.
The only problem I see is that a video which calls for "no sexism" was created by a YouTube user with the name "SexyNerdGirl". I mean, how are we supposed to move on from that?