Destiny shows that female characters still get male attention

Destiny much like any other MMO type game highlights the fact that although there are many male players who like to play games as a female avatar, it doesn’t stop some male gamers taking more of an interest in the opposite sex for obvious reasons. This is something that has gone on for quite some time (remember the early days of Home anyone?)  and despite it being widely accepted that female characters don’t necessarily reflect the sex of the gamer controlling them, still doesn’t stop some from either taking pity on said females (offering assistance in the most kindest of ways of course) or doing the dirty. We left our female avatar in the Destiny Beta seated and were surprised to see a number of male characters congregating around her or creepily following when we finally moved.  Either way, after editing quite a bit of footage, we posted a video which shows off some of the silly antics male characters got up to around our character which believe it or not wasn’t staged and just randomly happened.

Female gamers obviously still have to put up with the gaming equivalent of male chivalry where said males feel the need to offer their talents and services based on the premise that they are better skilled than the female gamer who obviously needs the assist (damsel in distress syndrome perhaps). It’s interesting that gamers are such a friendly bunch in this regard although in some ways, the intention is quite noble (aside from those who simply want to “get friendly” with a female gamer).  However, with more females playing male dominated AAA games rather than the expected mobile and indie games – where many casual gamers flock to – it is surprising that this male female relationship is still happening. No doubt the more skilled females might take offence and consider the attention unwarranted and even a little bit sexist, but to be fair, there are bound to be some newbie females that could do with a break, although the reality is, this applies to any newbie and not just the girls. Admittedly, in some of the games we’ve played in the past there have been a number of genuinely kind folk out there that simply want to help out a fellow gamer dropping cool items in RPGs for example; but we do wonder if the helping hands are more prevalent when using a female avatar though. On the flip side, we have encountered some males taking extra interest in genuine female players, but in the most snarly of ways where they get picked on unnecessarily. Obviously we’re far away from equality in gaming, but as the medium continues to thrive as a mainstream pastime and more females play video games, hopefully the problem will diminish.

Written by: Rob Cram

Rob Cram has hundreds of video game reviews, thousands of articles under his belt with years of experience in gaming and tech. He aims to remain fair and free from publisher/developer influence. With his extensive knowledge, feels his gaming opinions are valid and worth sharing. Agreement with his views are entirely optional. He might have a bias towards cyberpunk.

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  1. extermin8or2 July 21, 2014 |

    Well I see it happening sometimes and I’ll admit it sometimes seems abit… creepy (it’s funny though alot of male avatars will actually be a guy that prefers to play with a female avatar for whatever reason 😛 ) but I for one do wish I knew more female gamers…. either in my day today life or on my psn/steam friends list. Since going to uni I know a fair few more (I study physics after all and almost everyone seems to game 😛 but it’s a male dominated subject so the girls that would discuss video games etc i could till count on one hand) I for one am pretty fed up of havng quite a few friends that are girls but always tiptoeing around one of my main interests-video games because I know that they have next to interest in them and I can tell even if they are being polite and not saying it etc that they find any mention of video games just as boring as if I say started to discuss complicated physics (or in some cicumstances-any physics lol)

  2. Blunich May 16, 2015 |

    Playing earlier today, I’ll say I had the strangest but a rather amusing moment with male players. One guy, playing as a male Exo chased me around the Tower for about 5 minutes. Eventually I brought myself to give up and joined fellow players on a roof, including him and sat/danced for a couple minutes before leaving because I didn’t want to be followed anymore while doing my business in the Tower. xD I just find it annoying when they send me friend requests, lol.

    Other times while playing all that happened with male players was them dancing or sitting nearly on top of my character. However I’ve never had any run ins with male players assisting me too much in combat, though they did help when I was being overrun by Fallen.

    I find it really funny that a bunch of male players will join in your activity (dancing, sitting, etc.,) if you’re playing as a female character.

    – A female gamer

  3. ascetic43 September 1, 2015 |

    A lot of people play FM avatars because they’re simply smaller targets. It’s not some social gender statement……

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