Given what I've seen of the Doom community for over 16 years, and pretty much any gaming community that was infested with teenagers, I can say this about all of them at least some point in time: In any game community where the game is seen by most in the community as "manly", even if it originally wasn't meant to be, you can bet your bottom dollar that a group of immature dudes will try to exploit that, and go as far as to turn the community against each other in their zeal to turn the place into a He-Man Womanhaters' Club - usually in response to something they deserved, like being banned (for obvious reasons) in multiplayer ports/servers/forums. If said admin doing the banning is female, well, get ready to taste the impotent hellfire of a bunch of dumb kids.
The stuff I've seen happen in this community alone, of all the years I've been here , and I have been involved since 1998, could fill a book. Posts like "Thanks for showing that women shouldn't be in charge of anything" were in response to a multitude of Skulltag/Zandronum administration meltdowns, some public, some not. One of the kids went as far as to hack the forums to insert a video of himself naked, including the parts no one wants to see in their life, in the MOTD container, and setting the video to autoplay.
Yeah, that'll show the females not to push him around!
So with all that crap in mind, I have noticed a lot of woman gamers put on male personas for years just to keep the mongs from attacking them, for the crime of "having cooties" or whatever. How dare someone be a woman on the Internet, am i rite? Not only does this make those gamers feel like liars, even to the point of changing how they type and what words they type (because somehow these dumb kids can smell the pheromones in the posts), it becomes a friggin' chore for them to enjoy anything the community has to offer - Can you honestly blame them if they give up? Sometimes it's not worth it! Some that tried to take the mask off ended up with a burned face and probation, and, if some forums are to be used as an example, perma-banned for "causing drama". Woo.
I'm no stranger to this. I know one mapper that has been burned this way. I'm not naming names, so don't even ask. If you're an oldbie and remember all this, then you can back me up on this. The mapper was assistant in some community projects, then disappeared completely because "he" didn't want to be that fake persona anymore, and never dared to come back. And yes, there was plenty of drama to go around after this was revealed, right on cue. People accused her of trying to be "two people". In a way, she had to be two people. But hey, if only she could have been herself in the first place, none of that drama would have happened. [spoiler]I know another who didn't leave, and she still gets crap about it, despite being a talented programmer, artist, mapper, musician, you name it - all that's thrown out the window when the narrative surrounding her is "haha it's a man bby lulz XDDDD" by a few select idiots (I should name names here, but I'm not) that couldn't help themselves. To those who still cannot let this go, and have botnets at the ready to mass flag everything she posts on social media, I pity you. It's been over a decade, and you're still mad about absolutely nothing.[/spoiler]
I hope those days are gone now for the Doom community, and perhaps they are, because in the past 5 years, I've seen quite a few doomers throw the mask off, or just show up as themselves. To that I say, good job, you. That can't be said for the Runescape community, the DoTA/LoL/MOBA community, or any competitive FPS with voice chat.
Aaaaand then there's the flip side - those communities with the creepers, the ones that need to take about 15 steps away from a computer. These types see a non-male has entered a section of the internets, and will start posting very disturbing messages - some public, some private. I know it happens, I've seen it on this forum. I've seen it on other forums. My tumblr inbox is a cesspool at this point. Yeah, he or she (yes, she) might be "joking" with the off-color posts, but if anyone new to the community, or just lurking and wants to join, sees those creepy posts and decides to give up on it, that's a loss. No hard data on that, obviously, but I wouldn't blame them for leaving.
So now that I've got that off my chest --
- Am I the only one that has witnessed this?
- Were you affected by communities with members who acted like sexist d-bags on a consistent basis?
- Did you have to deal with creepers at any point in your internet community life?
- Were you one that "took the mask off"? If not, did you jump in as you were and hoped for the best?
- To those that jumped in, did you face anything almost immediately? How did you deal with it?
I hope this can be a civil discussion, so, if we all could refrain from mega-large winking emoticons, purple dildo spam, and general threadjacking, that'd be great. I know the urge may be strong, but you can fight it, brotha.