But girls shouldn't have to pretend to be something other than what they are. The gaming community should make a conscious effort to self-censor this sort of behavior; the "officials" in these games should take action when reports are filed, and actively seek out the truth. Read logs. I give blanket permission to check into my stuff if I'm being harassed, personally. Give girls who file reports (hey, guys too) that option and investigate. Write to the popular magazines and ask them to make their content a little more female friendly.
I'm not asking for a revolution here. I know most of the above is a pipe dream. Hell, guys can't even get along with themselves in online games; can't really expect them to bend over backwards for the girls. But consider this — the next time you guys wish for a girlfriend/wife who understands your need to spend hours communing with a controller, ask yourself these questions:
Did you help to create an environment that makes gaming unfriendly to girls... and are you willing to do something about it?
(Originally posted at Sudden Nothing).