If you are an avid fan of video games, and especially online games, there is a good chance that you (unfortunately) do everything to cover up your gender when playing online. This is indeed what a study carried out by Reach3 Insights and Lenovo, on more than 900 players in the United States, Germany and China. According to the latter, nearly 60% of players prefer to hide their gender, to be able to play serenely, without the fear of receiving an inappropriate remark.
Are the players forced to hide in order to play “quiet”?
Indeed, if there was a time when the video game was a solitary practice or to be shared with (real) friends on the same sofa, the online game has for a few years now made it possible to confront players from all over the world, directly from his living room. So often, the experience is rather enriching, with fair play players and great encounters, it also happens to find oneself in the midst of particularly toxic, vulgar, even dangerous players …
“A lot of times I end up playing male characters in MMORPGs so people don’t realize I’m a girl.“, Explains a player interviewed. “We try to hide who we are so that people don’t flirt with us, send us things, messages we really don’t want, or pictures. ”
According to the study, as many as 77% of female players surveyed say they have been discriminated against, most often through comments about their playing skills (70%), or condescending comments (50%), not to mention relationship requests (44%).
On the other hand, if female players are sometimes sadly greeted by other players during an online session, more than 80% believe that the female gender is very well represented in video games. Indeed, for some long years now, women have occupied a prominent place in video games, and if Lara Croft is the example we generally think of in the first place, we can also quote Aloy from the Horizon saga, Jill Valentine, heroine of Resident Evil 3, but also Ellie of The Last of Us, Nadine Ross and Chloé Frazer for Uncharted: Lost Legacy, or even Samus Aran from Nintendo.