This is how we help girls get into gaming

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Trying to understand some peopleI stayed out of the last IesF and MSSA rubbish with girls having their own leagues because both of those organisations are stupid and don’t really understand how to help gaming in the world. Well that’s my opinion at least. However I saw the theme crop up again recently when an all girl team was penalised for playing too well.

Which was topical for me as over the last weekend I headed out to Dullstroom for a 3 day fly fishing competition. Or drinking competition, they seem to merge together a bit at times.

Anyway to the point, as with eSports there is no real advantage that being male gives you as a fly fisherman. Granted you need muscles to pull the fish in but seeing that the fish are all under 70 cm’s any normal sized female has enough muscle to pull that in. However they also have the same problem as eSports where men dominate the sport and as such are actively trying to attract women to the event. But instead of being stupid and creating a women’s event and a men’s event they went straight for the simple solution.

But while I keep you in suspense, the event works as a team based event. Every team needs 4 people and these 4 are split into two pairs. You randomly pick dams and off you go to catch your fish with pairs from other teams.

The prizes are awarded to the longest fish caught, longest total of fish (from your 10 best per location), last fish caught for the event, first fish of the event and then best team etc.

The only thing they changed to help attract women was to include the best female angler prize. That’s it. What this does is the simplest form is to give the new ladies something to aim for while they still were competing for the other prizes. It doesn’t bring any resentment from the men as we’re not all douchebags and have no problem with ladies joining in at all. Generally it is highly encouraged actually.

But it also allows the ladies to have something they felt they could strive for without worrying about the professional anglers in the group. They were still competing for all the other prizes and in fact different ladies won some of them as well. In short, adding extra motivation to bring in the fairer sex is great and should be encouraged. But by refusing to allow them to compete fairly against the men is extremely sexist and any organisation affiliating with such rules should be brought up on charges in the constitutional court.

Discrimination is illegal in South Africa and just because your Korean overlords find it acceptable does not make it acceptable to have here.

To bring this back to gaming, girls should be allowed to compete on the same playing field and in the same team as boys and to motivate more lades entering the event you just have a special prize for top female gamer of the tournament.

Most kills across all the games, top rank achieved or most fights won. It’s really not hard to sort out.

*First person to mention fish AI loses 10 Internet points

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Last Updated: October 9, 2014

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