The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the video game lobby group that also organizes E3, was forced to take down a tweet that users accused of being sexist. The tweet in question promoted a list first published by the site Parade titled “25 Online Games That Women Enjoy,” which has also now been taken down by the outlet “after hearing your comments and reviewing again.”
“Great list of games women gamers are playing — any of your favorites make the cut?” read the deleted tweet. According to Kotaku, by the time the post had been taken down, thousands of Twitter users had responded to the tweet.
Per Kotaku, the article reinforced damaging stereotypes about women, suggesting that a mix of card, cooking, farming, life simulation, mobile, and Kim Kardashian games were the most popular titles played by women. The games selected for the list were condescending, to say the least, suggesting women only play casual games, a particularly gross stereotype often aimed at women in the community by “hardcore” male gamers, or that these were the specific games made for women.
The list failed to capture the greater scope of diverse gaming experiences enjoyed by women. While it’s true that women could enjoy all of the games featured on the list, including Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Overwatch (the two rare selections that weren’t casual mobile or card games), they’re in no way the only games played by women.