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Texas Battlefield 3 launch LAN bans women from attending

Enthusiasts of military-style first-person shooters are not well known for their progressive thoughts on the matter of gender. The organizers of a large LAN party in Texas, scheduled to celebrate the launch of Battlefield 3, have decided the best way to deal with any slurs hurled at female gamers is to simply forbid them from attending.

"Nothing ruins a good LAN party like uncomfortable guests or lots of tension, both of which can result from mixing immature, misogynistic male-gamers with female counterparts," the organizers originally wrote in an event FAQ. "Though we've done our best to avoid these situations in years past, we've certainly had our share of problems. As a result, we no longer allow women to attend this event.

This paragraph has since been removed, as the stink over the exclusion went viral, and replaced with: "This event is a 'gentlemen's retreat'; as such we do not allow women to attend."

This is a large, private event and its organizers certainly have the right to associate with whomever they please. But given what I usually hear over my headset in military shooters like Battlefield, I wonder if this party would so outwardly ban any black gamers from registering. Because it would be so, you know, uncomfortable to hear them being insulted.

Or maybe the answer here is to forbid that kind of obnoxious behavior, and kick out anyone who breaks the rule, $49 registration be damned.

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theonlylolking2281d ago

Not all male gamers are immature or misogynistic.

Ser2281d ago

Yeah, and not all people from Texas are morons.

I've lived in Texas for all of my life, and I think these people need to be clubbed.

Winter47th2281d ago (Edited 2281d ago )

"But given what I usually hear over my headset in military shooters like Battlefield, I wonder if this party would so outwardly ban any black gamers from registering. Because it would be so, you know, uncomfortable to hear them being insulted. "

That's pretty logical.

However, it's not an issue of being sexist/racist, it's pretty difficult to control mentalities and properly protect female gamers from raging idiots. They didn't ban chicks for kicks afterall.

guitarded772281d ago

Representing TX here...

From article
" the best way to deal with any slurs hurled at female gamers is to simply forbid them from attending."

So we'll only hear homophobic and racist slurs instead of sexist slurs... great idea guys. \s

dericb112281d ago

EA and Dice should ban this group from their game. This will look bad for them. This series is starting to get the credit it deserves and this will only go against all the progess they have made in these few months.

RustInPeace2280d ago (Edited 2280d ago )

@DrakBlack
You stole my avatar pic... GIVE IT BACK! (jk)

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tbergen12281d ago

Lol....maybe they should all read this book and learn a little about civil rights.
http://amzn.to/r8iqgZ

Couldn't they be sued for this in some way, shape, or form?

evrfighter2281d ago (Edited 2281d ago )

nope. women have their womens only get togethers, meetings, events all the time

why should it be any different for men?

AEtherbane2281d ago

Texas isn't exactly the most empowering state for women to begin with. And if the even is on private property, the owner can say women can't go.

lMHl2281d ago

can i sue for not being aloud to go to a womens retreat?

Sony3602280d ago (Edited 2280d ago )

My opinion of them just dropped.

Instead of dealing with childish, obnoxious individuals and putting an age restriction on the event, they just ban the gender who's being rediculed.

That's quite pathetic really.

DarthJay2280d ago

I agree with what evrfighter said. There are literally a million "women only" style events out there, from bridal showers to baby showers to whatever. I mean, maybe no women is a bit harsh, but "no girlfriends/spouses" is probably what they are going for. They just want to sit around and play video games without any yapping from people that don't "get it." That can be dudes too, but I still. I don't heckle at their Tupperware parties.

Could it have been worded differently? Sure, but only because the internet is full of uptight whiners looking for things to cry about. Who really cares in the grand scheme of things? Let them do what they want.

RedDragan2280d ago

So lets get this straight Jay, you want to go to Bridal showers?

Thought not.

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BubbleSniper2281d ago

not all, but I would assume majority. lol

ZETTA2281d ago

Texas Battlefield 3 launch LAN bans women from attending <<<<< GAYS DETECTED.

whydoyouask2280d ago

Last time i checked, gays like women, just not having sex with women.

sprayNpray2280d ago

Texas? The only things that come from Texas are steers and queers, and I don't see any horns.

turgore2281d ago

Or they could make another event for women. That will be just like in Muslim worlds when genders are segregated. Ah, only in texas.

frostypants2280d ago (Edited 2280d ago )

Women have all-female events all the time. Why is it that whenever men do the same, there's a massive double standard?

I'm not supporting or condemning this action. But if we do condemn it, then we should also condemn every "women only" event that comes across our path.

RedDragan2280d ago

Usually men don't want to go to an all women's event, this scenario in the report is EA and Dice basically avoiding what needs to be done... dealing with the problem of direspect on online gaming.

Scary692280d ago

Not all male or female gamers are immature, they should just be told of the rules when entering the building and should be told what happens if the behavior occurs. People are always making things more harder then they should, sheesh.

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CrimsonEngage2281d ago

Good for them. It's the one thing men can do without having women around.

newleaf2281d ago

I love gaming and all but i love women too...finding a gaming woman is the holy grail of gaming

CrimsonEngage2281d ago

Sure but there are some things men like to talk about around other men. Manly things, and having women around ruin our male bonding. Do you really think women like sitting around a bunch of guys who are sizing up their farts and trying to determine who's was loudest? I think not!

Pozzle2281d ago (Edited 2281d ago )

@CrimsonEngage:

Maybe I'm weird, but if I go to a launch LAN party, I'm there to game. Not "size up each others farts and try to determine who's was loudest." Especially not amongst strangers I don't know. o_O

But then, I'd also rather hang around decent gamers of either gender who are there to have fun. Not gamers who think yelling sexist (or racist) insults at strangers are a necessary way to game.

Baka-akaB2281d ago (Edited 2281d ago )

funny , i guess it depends of the region or it's really the stigma of undying stereotypes for both sides . I Know pretty much as many girls and women fans of fighting games than guys , as an example .

They'd of course fall upon the occasional unwanted harassment but seems to deal with it accordingly and easily .

And if it's worse and violence is the issue here . Well it's not as if a male only environnement will get less brawls , if jackasses got in .

Scary692280d ago

@ Pozzle

Thank you, apparently CrimsonEngage has not learned the 101 how to behave while in public. You are there to game not talk about personal problems or other women. Grow up seriously.

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JsonHenry2281d ago

Yeah, like they said. It is a private event. You don't like it? DON'T ATTEND.

Vote with your wallet. It is their right to refuse service but it is also your right not to attend.

Gohadouken2281d ago

i'm sure that logic was awesome in the 50s for black men .

BubbleSniper2281d ago

no one can fuck like a woman can. peri--... nvm.

ASSASSYN 36o2281d ago

Are you implying that you have experienced both genders to come to that conclusion?

Pozzle2281d ago (Edited 2281d ago )

If the organization has had problems with people insulting others in the past, why don't they just get rid of the people who cause the problem? Do they really think banning women is going to stop douchy gamers from being douches?

It reminds me of school, when kids who were bullied would be kicked out of the classroom instead of the actual bullies, because the bully's victims were "easier" for the teachers to deal with. But it still didn't stop the bullies from being bullies.

Dart892281d ago

*But then, I'd also rather hang around decent gamers of either gender who are there to have fun. Not gamers who think yelling sexist (or racist) insults at strangers are a necessary way to game.*

To answer you're comment above.

I don't want a place to be a sausage fest its nice to have females at any area.

DiffusionE2281d ago

Uh Oh. This is gonna get some extra heat.

Anyway, if I'm not mistaken, I believe there also are some women-only gaming events. I don't think anybody's crying about that. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to sound sexist. I just don't like the hypocrisy.

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