If You’re Female, You’re a Target
A lot gets written about females playing games. Some games are a class act, even while players engage in war, etc. But others are not. And if you’re playing, or your children are playing (regardless of gender), you might want to give Castle Age a miss. And, let Facebook know you won’t be playing the game.
Facebook and Phoenix Arts make a buttload of money off of Castle Age, what with people paying for favor points and overpriced generals, etc. So, you’d think they’d want to protect their name and their income stream.
Not so much.
I had a chance to watch some friends play recently, and wow, what an eye-opener.
If you are a female player, or identify as a female player, you are open to the ugliest sexual harassment possible. Players who indulge in this harassment against other players are doing it against the Terms of Service, which prohibit sexual harassment, obscenity, etc. But, the developers do NOT seem to want to stop this. And so, players I know who log in as female are subjected to daily, and often-times daily servings of foul taunts, sexual harassment, stalking, and worse. The players who engage in this crap also appear to cheat quite a bit, and nothing gets done.
So, if you’re going to play Castle Age, be aware. It’s a hostile environment, and the developers do not actually seem to give the proverbial rat’s ass about stopping the vomitous crud that passes for “taunting” and “chat” in the game. This despite consistent complaints from many users (go read the Castle Age forums — they are rife with legitimate complaints about cheaters and harassers).
I’d play something else if I were you. Give your money and time to games that at least make an effort to make the game welcoming to all. Not just to complete losers who think it’s funny to spew filth.
Expect some Blowback
Two words: Phil Robertson.
Phil, you made a damned fool of yourself. Get real. Stop slagging other people’s human rights and dignity. Your white male privilege is showing and it ain’t pretty. You have the right to think and say whatever you want. You don’t have the right NOT to be called on it for the bullshit it is. You certainly didn’t deserve to get your job back. You may think you’ve won. I think you’ve jumped the fuckin’ shark.
That is all.
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