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EA bars women from participating in Battlefield 3 event

Posted July 23, 2011 by Staff in News
Baby Why Do You Make Me Ban You
A Battlefield 3 LAN party being hosted in Texas was organized by Electronic Arts in order to celebrate the game’s launch; however, female gamers found that they were not allowed entry. The original FAQ original read: “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 … 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.”It was later modified to “This event is a “gentlemen’s retreat”; as such we do not allow women to attend,” it was changed from ” after the FAQ received significantly negative reaction across the Internet. They later wrote that while they do not like that kind of gamer, and that it is a “getaway designed to help said male contingent become better men both for themselves and for those who love us”.

Citing an argument made by Owen Good of Kotaku, this logic could also go to say that black people should not attend, as racism is very common to this kind of gamer as well. Adding onto this, I imagine that if possible, this logic could even be applied to homosexual gamers who attend, as negativity to homosexuality is just as derided as women are by these gamers. If it went down to it, I imagine that the only way to make it perfect to avoid this kind of bad behavior would be to ban anyone that isn’t a hetero male white Christian. This kind of thing is going to happen, and I can tell you now that punishing the victim will do nothing but make you look very, very bad.

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  • Esteban Sky Cuevas

    Huh. There's a Battlefield event in Texas? Wow.

    Anyways, I'm surprised they were able to do that without at least the local government telling them something.

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