Let me be extra clear, when I saw the footage of this “Gamer Girl” game, I thought it was a troll! Really! I thought that someone wanted to once again poke fun at gilr streamers once again, however, the latter half of the trailer took a surprising turn! The internet reacted to it, and not in a positive note!
Accronf to Wales Interactive:
“Gamer Girl is about the impact user comments and actions have on a streamer’s mental health and wellbeing. The reason why FMV Future created the game was to raise the issue of the toxic environment which can often appear online behind the anonymity of a username.
Without giving away too much, Gamer Girl is an empowering story of a female streamer who, with the help of her moderator friend, battles the trolls and — overcomes— the toxic characters in her stream…
Gamer Girl was co-written by Alexandra Burton, the lead actress who improvised the entire script. The research into the streaming content of Gamer Girl took 4 years and the dev team at FMV Future interviewed dozens of female streamers.
Most of whom have experienced abuse of various kinds online — some have even shared their experiences during interviews within the game. Players start the game as one of Abi’s friends whom she trusts, and it is their job to make the channel a success but also to guide the stream to keep Abi in a positive frame of mind. Online abuse is real and is still happening every day — Gamer Girl seeks to raise awareness of this issue.“
Well, given that description, we gotta ask why certain people have a massive issue with the game’s concept. From what I’ve read online, it seems most people are concerned that this Gamer Girl is trivializing a real issue that most gamer girls who stream online face when they get a little too close with their moderators. They’re worried that if people play a game like this, it would encourage more people to actually stalk streamers online.
I can’t say whether such a thing could happen, I mean they said thing for the Joker, that the Joker was going to encourage mass shooting from incels, yet we got none of that during its premiere and the months that followed! Judging from the trailer that we saw, it seems to be your standard horror game where things “predictably” goes wrong! If anything, it does raise awareness to some extent! May not be “tasteful” but at the end of the day, it’s game that you could ignore and move on with your life if you don’t like it!