July 8, 2006

Voice Changing Software for “Lady Gamers”

Filed under:Gaming Women, Gender, Massively Multiplayer Online Games, Sexism, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 8:30 am

Harassed in game? Now, instead of reporting the harassment to moderators or challenging the ways the game environment and culture encourage it, you have a new way of blending in and participating: disguising your voice as that of a man’s.

According to Eurogamer, there is a new software available that can change the pitch of your voice in online games like World of Warcraft with TeamSpeak so you can hide your gender.

AV Voice Changer Software is somehow a unique product for female online game players who want to prove that playing online games is not a pastime for men only, and that their talent can make male partners goggle.

This attitude suggests that the status of male gamers is desired, and women must do what they can–such as hiding their gender–to elevate themselves to be like the boys in their own club.



  1. It’s funny, as most of my male friends play female characters in game. They each have their own reasons for it, but I find it amusing.

    Comment by WebsterTrivium (8 comments) — July 10, 2006 @ 7:47 am

  2. Interesting, but isn’t there a logical flaw in there? How can women “prove” that games are not a “pastime for men only” by disguising their female voice?

    Comment by Hilde (1) — July 12, 2006 @ 6:30 am

  3. I guess they’re supposed to drop the guise once they’ve been accepted. Like they’re going to be treated the same.

    Comment by Lake Desire (208 comments) — July 12, 2006 @ 7:59 am

  4. Hiding is the best way to gain acceptance. Who knew?

    Comment by Brinstar (27 comments) — July 12, 2006 @ 8:54 am

  5. Well, we’re invisible anyway, so I suppose this is as good a way of solving the “PIX OF YR B00BZ OR YR A GUY HAHAH” problem as any.

    However, I am *extremely* glad my guild in GW is mixed-gender, so I don’t have to use this sort of thing. Seems degrading, especially since I have to try so hard to be ‘one of the guys’ IRL (yay for engineering + misogyny!).

    Comment by Theodora (1) — July 15, 2006 @ 5:05 am

  6. I was completely frustrated when I saw this, but it does have interesting implications as far a RPing. What if a man used it to stay “in character” as a female character? One of the frustrating things about vent is that it clears up confusion about who is who in the game. Hearing someone’s voice and style of conversation makes it much more clear who they are than criptic written comments. I kind of like the confusion, gaming with people of all different ages and backgrounds without knowing who they are out of game. Frankly, someone may be a great person to play with, but not a person I would associate with IRL. Now if we could get a program that would turn “Dude, f*^cking, dude!” into intelligent conversation, that would be something.

    Comment by Breenaronan (5 comments) — July 18, 2006 @ 9:58 am

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