With the announcement of a women’s SSF4 tournament at Evo 2010, the Evo game announcement thread has erupted into a discussion of whether or not such an event is good for Evo, good for women, or good for the FGC. This is an important enough topic that I would like to start a discussion about it.
I can count the number of serious women players in the FGC literally on one hand. Why is this? There are a lot of factors – fightng games are targeted at young boys and men, men tend to be more competitive in nature, etc – but certainly a factor is that the FGC is not usually a friendly environment for women. There are lots of good guys out there, but for every one of them there is at least one monkey-boy trying oggling the women that do show up to events. If you’re still skeptical, check out the usual traffic on the #capcom IRC channel or listen to enough stream commentary and you will see and hear a lot of stuff that is not shall we say respectful of the female gender.
A big question is, should the FGC try to correct this? With the release of SF4 there is now at least a small group of girl gamers who are playing the game for real. Is this something the FGC wants to encourage, and if so what can and should we do to welcome the girls and help them on their journey?
Discuss, but let’s keep it serious people.
Edit: If you’re a competitive woman player who has competed at Evo or is likely to compete in 2010, and you would like to have real input in the way Evo deals with this issue, PM me.