Female Gamers Have Had ENOUGH!
“GTFO,” a documentary premiered today at the South by Southwest festival in Austin Texas. Although statistics say that Today’s game-playing audience is split nearly 50/50 along gender lines, they don’t tell you the full story.
In “GTFO”, many female gamers open up about what it is like to be a female gamer. Women that were quoted in the film talk about receiving rape and death threats as if it’s a common, everyday occurrence. What the f?
One really cringy scene in the documentary is when it shows a male gamer who smells the hair of a woman at a gaming tournament in a very disgusting manner. The film breaks down the causes for such inappropriate behavior, takings its viewers into a world where being different — being female — can be met with animosity.
“For me, at least, I never thought of games as just another form of media. I thought of them as something that I personally couldn’t do,I don’t have that hand-eye coordination. I didn’t grow up playing tons of games. They seemed exclusive. I think a lot of people feel that way.” Director of GTFO Shannon Sun-Higginson
“If you’re a woman in gaming and you watch this movie, what should be the take-away? I guess what we decided upon was that the women who are in this movie and are still in the industry — women who have received threats — are incredibly strong and impressive people.”