The Free-to-play people are often like that (because they're often 12). Since BF1942 went F2P I dare you to go on a server and not see at least a few racial slurs thrown around during the course of a round. League of Legends has a lot of that too from my experience, though those people get in trouble for it because they can be reported. In BF1942, there isn't anything you can do on a lot of servers so it runs rampant. Even SC2 has a lot of racism in it, especially if you go into the cesspool that is low level team games.
@NyxFe said:@mellotronrules: I wrote a long detailed response but the site decided to destroy it on me, so I'll summarize.
The community in games is definitely one of the more disgusting and embarrassing aspects. It is sad to me that being open about enjoying and playing games groups me in with a swath of racist, sexist, ignorant pigs who constantly rail on anyone they can in seemingly the most offensive way possible. Unfortunately this is hardly confined to video games, but the anonymity (same as online in general) doesn't help matters.
My hope for the medium of video games is that they mature into something more akin to film or books - that it becomes about who characters are rather than what they are. The player should identify with them because of the emotions they feel and situations they deal with, not because they play into some sort of white male power fantasy.
The site just killed my responce to you aswell (WTH) Anyway, what kind of games do you play that give you that impression? Because I know tons of gamers who dont fit those descriptions. I do however know a lot of sports fans who are like that, although I know it's unfair to assume all of them are that bad. To be honest if you know people who judge you to be scum because you play games that person is the same kind of moron who believes everything they hear/see on TV.
Site just tried to eat my post too. Luckily I copied it to be safe.