Forum_Pirate wrote:That's not really how stastics work. You, as a person, are not more or less likely to do/be anything according to any stastics. We, as a population, are.
Crappy players are just looking to shift attention away from the fact that they suck by demonising something else, which is easily observable in most every game I've played. There's a lot of it in DKS as well.
I agree. In my day of street fighter 4, (super actually), when i actually practiced and rekt enough people to get around 2500pp, I can't count the raging hatemail i received, and they attached to the lowest means possible to try and get a reaction out of me.
What I see here is different though: It sounds a bit like confirmation bias...
Let me get this straight: i love women, and whenever i find one in a game i'm entusiastic about it, but I kind of started seeing this "trend" to try and find sexism everywhere, especially in gaming, ever since Anita Sarkeesian joined in.
Now, I'll agree that the data (though very restricted and descriptive of a small percentage of a community) gives us a sexist picture by dictionary definition, since there IS a different treatment between the genders.
I would not say that women are worse treated though, since negative comments when the skill gap opens are less than towards males with the same skill gap and positive comments are more in the same situation.Yes,with the lowering of the skill gap they both get lower than towards males, but less comments of any description is not worse treatment.
I think that probably is a problem of innocent stereotyping that goes hand in hand with the tendency of bad players to badmouth people: the stereotype at play is that women are less skilled than men at games, and bad players are those kind of people that, instead of acknowledging their errors and improve on them need to blame everything on somebody else.
A study that starts with that introduction and with a rather mysterious way of gathering skill figures though, as a University student in Computer Science is rather dodgy, and makes me squint at it a little.