The sad, sexist state of online gaming

Female gamers make up almost half of the U.S. video game market. Yet for some reason it's still a surprise to some male gamers to discover there's a woman in their midst, particularly in online multiplayer situations. The results are rarely, um, pretty.

A couple of animators on YouTube distilled some of the worst habits of male gamers into a funny, if somewhat uncomfortable, critique of the social dynamics when a "girl gamer" steps into the room.

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications and the Internet. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.

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