Male actors use voice modifiers to sound like women, face misogyny

(Photo: Riot Games)

One social experiment involved three professional men using voice modifiers on VALORANT to experience what women experience in-game. (Photo: Riot Games)

Does a player’s gender affect their gaming experience?

In a recent social experiment by Women in Games Argentina, three men VALUABLE Players played Riot Games’ first-person shooter using voice modifiers to make their voices sound like women.

The experiment shed light on the misogyny faced by women while playing online video games, and the experience of the players was documented and posted on YouTube in a video called Change Voice.

“With this action, we aim to make visible a situation that is denounced every day by gamers around the world, where they are unable to find support from video game companies and in many cases even the gamer community itself.” The games are mentioned in the YouTube description in Argentina.

All three participants experienced misogyny in-game, with several other players refusing to cooperate after hearing a woman’s voice and hurling insults throughout the match. One player was even told to “contribute in the kitchen”.

Alfredito, a streamer, achieved 15 kills and just two kills in the first part of the experiment.

But as soon as he opened the voice changer, he started getting insults and sexual insults. Players on his team also stopped cooperating with him.

As a result, he finished the match with 16 kills and 3 kills as no one wanted to help him.

“It’s not something you want to do anymore. I really can’t understand having to experience this every day,” Alfredito said in the video.

Another streamer and publisher named Lucius had a similar experience.

Lucius got 20 kills and 5 kills in the first game, but only got 6 kills and 17 kills when he turned on the mic and used the voice changer.

“You can’t play like that,” he said in the video, adding that he was sad and frustrated after the experience.

The results were the same for another publisher, Tasher.

He said that he wanted to do his best in the video, but could not do it because of what he had been through.

Tasher got 17 kills and 3 kills in the first round, but her performance dropped to 5 kills and 14 kills when she used the in-game voice changer.

VALORANT Game Changers professionals also experience misogyny

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VALORANT Game Changers also made hateful comments about players just because of their gender. (Photo: Riot Games)

It’s not just ordinary actresses who experience this.

For VALORANT Game Changersdeveloper Riot Games has had to heavily moderate chat on both YouTube and Twitch streams, deleting sexist, homophobic and transphobic comments posted by some viewers.

Sometimes the situation got so bad that Riot had to close the chat altogether.

During VALORANT Game Changers Championship Last November, some viewers were observed – with masculine handles or profile pictures – either attacking trans women on certain teams or deliberately insulting comments about how awful women and LGBT professionals are at the game. there was no evidence of this.

It has even been observed that some comments are more sexual in nature and can be compared to booing and sexual harassment.

In an environment where toxicity and misogyny are still prevalent in the gaming community and industry, companies like Riot and Ubisoft have even launched artificial intelligence research to help combat in-game toxicity.

Anna is a freelance writer and photographer. A gamer who loves RPGs and platform games, and a League of Legends enthusiast. He’s also a foodie who loves a good cup of black coffee.

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