Pamela Horton: "I Got Treated Like Crap Playing FPSs Online"
Playboy's Miss October, Pamela Horton, says her two favorite games of all time are Chrono Trigger and Earthbound.
...that got your attention, didn't it, hardcore gamers?
But in our chat with the avid gamer and handicraft-maker, we learned that although she loves playing MMOs like League of Legends and World of Warcraft online with friends, she can't play the shooters online, anymore. And why? For the very same reason other female gamers have cited, which unsurprisingly - and sadly - focuses on the rampant immaturity found playing FPSs like Call of Duty online. As Pamela said, she just got sick of "being treated like crap."
"There are of course a lot of stigmas in the gaming community against women who play shooters online. I really lost interest and appreciation [for the genre] because I was treated like crap. I don't play FPSs online now because of that."
That got us talking on the general subject of online behavior and I asked her if she thought the situation might get better. But Pamela doesn't expect the immaturity and abuse to stop any time soon, and she blames it on the anonymous nature of the Internet, and the fact that there are virtually no consequences. You'll likely be inclined to agree.
"There's anonymity behind a gamertag; nobody knows who you are or what your situation is, so you can just say what you want and there are no repercussions. There really aren't any police officers online so you can get away with anything; you can hide behind that anonymity. People are going to use that to just troll or get a rise out of someone. There's a certain arrogance with people playing online FPSs and I want to avoid the whole thing. It can be very stressful."
Pamela is also a fan of campaigns and can't understand why people buy a game only for the multiplayer. She mentioned the fact that almost all the available downloadable content and pre-order bonuses for games these days are multiplayer-oriented and she wonders why...and you just gotta love her for saying that.
Stay tuned for the full interview coming later this week. And yes, she did answer a couple reader questions. :)
10/8/2012 9:21:57 PM Ben Dutka