Unformatted text preview: recipient’s discretion. These emotions often lead to online relationships that can have the same ramifications as a real one leading to a dangerous psychological impact on the person. In fact, Pham states “there is the potential to wreak psychological havoc” (287). Players who believe that the internet can protect them from such emotional impact are proved wrong through the presence of sexist stereotypes. Stereotypes show the flaws online gaming has because as Alex Pham describes, the internet is a place “where physical appearances are not supposed to matter” (288). Ultimately, there is no safety net for either sex. Though the internet is a very discreet tool, Pham suggests that in the online gaming world, one’s gender is a mystery many other gamers feel the need to know....
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- Fall '08
- Gamer, online community, Alex Pham