“The gaming industry is actually in the process of changing,” Ms. “That’s a really positive thing, but I think there is a small group of male gamers who feel like gaming belongs to them, and are really terrified of that change happening.” When Sam Killermann, a gamer in Austin, Tex., saw the reaction to Ms.
Sarkeesian’s project, something “broke through,” he said.
“They treat the Internet like a vast game,” where offending others scores points, Mr. But the standard advice to ignore the taunts (“don’t feed the trolls”) is now, in the wake of Ms.
But the Cross Assault episode was the first of a series this year that have exposed the severity of the harassment that many women experience in virtual gaming communities.
And a backlash — on Twitter, in videos, on blogs and even in an online comic strip — has moved the issue beyond endless debate among gaming insiders to more public calls for change.
When Miranda Pakozdi entered the Cross Assault video game tournament this year, she knew she had a slim chance of winning the ,000 prize.
But she was ready to compete, and promised fans watching online that she would train just as hard as, if not harder than, anyone else. Pakozdi, 25, an experienced gamer, has said she always expects a certain amount of trash talk.