To say that I’m “annoyed” would be a massive understatement at the moment.
I’m a member of the Luminoth Temple, an official Nintendo forum originally created for Metroid fans. The only way one can join the forum is to have a current forum member invite you in. According to their welcome note, “it is a site for mature gamers, 17+ years old”. The forum grew beyond its Metroid orientation to embrace general discussion on games, with sub-categories for particular Nintendo games or other aspects of gaming. They made it a point to emphasise their “maturity” compared with other forums, specifically the Nintendo NSider Forums.
The fact that video gaming is a male-oriented and male-dominated hobby has never struck me so keenly as today, because I tend to hang out in communities that are actually mature as opposed to being only superfically so.
I visited the Temple today to find an entire message board created to rate the attractiveness of booth babes. Obviously, there were many threads created that contained images, and forum members were free to comment. You can imagine what kind of stuff people say when they don’t think someone is attractive. You can also imagine the sort of attitude that people have towards booth babes.
On the one hand the guys drool over them as if they’ve never seen a real, live woman before, yet on the other hand, they condemn the same women for working there — calling them whores or other derogatory terms. Men celebrate booth babes’ presence in as much as it gives them pleasure to look at attractive women, but they judge them harshly for having this job. Why the hypocrisy? These women are paid models, and many of them are aspiring actors. I may not agree with the entire concept of booth babes, however these women are there to work. People should respect them, and not label them whores simply because it’s their job to look good and promote products.
I hadn’t intended this place to be a ranting ground for gender and gaming issues, but lately it’s all I seem to post about. Maybe the discussion isn’t new to a lot of people (judging by the reactons to this post which made it to the most recent Carnival of Gamers), but it’s very familiar to me. I’m just getting a bit tired of debating it and other related issues. It gets tiresome, having to state my opinions over and over again every time I encounter gamers who need to see another point of view. *sigh* I just didn’t bother this time.