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Nerd Girls: Nothing to Prove
So this music video has been circulating the web recently about the whole stupid "nerd girls" problem and I think it's pretty cool. Some of the more famous people in the video include Kelly Sue Deconnick, Amy Berg, John Scalzi, Josh A. Cagan, Adam Savage, Paul & Storm, Wil Wheaton, and Marian Call.

COD Death Threats and The Vocal Minority
Recently Treyarch design director David Vonderhaaf tweeted about a patch to Call of Duty: Black Opts 2 which modified certain guns. The purpose of his tweet was to explain that the new patch would change the DSR fire time from .02 seconds to .04 seconds and that the rechamber time was 1.0 seconds and is now 1.1 seconds.…

Immediately his twitter account was flooded with hate messages and death threats. He tried to make light of the situation by saying "Not sure these fractions of a second are worth the threats of violence," but the hate kept coming. Finally Activision community manager Dan Amrich was forced to make a statement:

"Vonderhaar often gets told he should die in a fire or kill himself or is a horrible person. If anybody thinks for a second that this is okay, it is not. But if the loudest voices in the Call of Duty 'community' act like an angry mob instead, guess how the entire world views Call of Duty? Now consider that these Internet Tough Guy rants and demands are not unique to COD, but exist everywhere, in many gaming communities. This is why the world often does not take gaming seriously; this is why gamers are assumed to be immature, whiny assholes. Because the immature, whiny assholes are louder."

And you know what? He's right. The problem isn't that they're a minority, it's that they're so vocal about their hate. Because they're so vocal and in your face, it presents an air of intense hatred all around, encompassing the good people who aren't assholes into how the general public sees them. On the one hand they shouldn't "feed the trolls" as the saying goes, but on the other hand nothing is gonna change if we don't shine light on this ugly side of gaming culture and shame people for doing it.

So it's not just Phil Fish who seems to have trouble with their twitter accounts...…
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PhookaBoo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks so much for sharing that video! I doubt I would have found it otherwise :D
Whenever I meet someone with the same nerdish enthusiasm for one of my fandoms I get excited and want to talk to that person, NOT judge them for what they look like/call them out for not being a typical fan :I
trippinxtremezebra Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
I stopped COD because it bores me.... Needs more plot...

Ah... The game girl... As the leader of my college Magic the Gathering club I gotta say.... I've gone through a lot of sexist people. It angers me that I can't go to a local card store without being hit on (irony, I'm gay). When I verse them they go easy cuz they don't wanna make a girl cry. Really? REALLLYYY? (not that it matters, I can still whoop their butts)
However, I have a lot of friends and we found card stores that treat me like a player. I've lost, and I've won. I go to tournaments and no one holds back on me. it's like when I go there its a second home. We laugh and tell stories while playing cards, it feels like a magical place (no pun intended).
That's how it should be, a community with a common interest bonding together.
(but I still will play the game girl song from Homestuck when I win a tournament.)
Nocturnal-Dayz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Jeez, and I thought Sonic fans buying Sonic 1 in response to Sonic 4 was bad...

It's always the loud and obnoxious that sometimes make me ashamed to be a gamer. They always make the rest of us look bad to the world at large, and that shouldn't be the case. :shakefist:

The nerd girl video was pretty cool, though. More power to them, I say!
GraphiteHeart Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this video is my new favorite thing!
Novelwrite Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know, right? I'm just glad there's an accepting group out there.
AceJunior28 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
I've had that theory on the vocal minority holding the rest of gaming back for years.
LaLunatique Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing :)
Biohazard-kirby Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student General Artist
COD gamers make all gamers look bad. :shakefish:
Dewani90 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
big deal, some people are just immature, i mean, why bother with a game that is not even that good?, i mean, some people wanted the game more realistic, and as so, the guns got modified, now you can't just reload like arnold swartzenegger in commando during the commercials, guns take time to shoot and reload... they want the game to be unrealistic? go back to halo... 

and about the video, well, they just want recognition, and prove that they can be as geeky as everyone else, nothing to prove, they just are, and i applaud their effort, and their catchy tune, well, i think the whole human race can be geeky/successfull/healthy or compassionate regardless of gender, and we all should be treated just the same.
jewlecho Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh the COD community....

And that's all I have to say.
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