Posted by : Wendy B Tuesday, 19 March 2013
G+ conversation about sexism in the video game industry, based on the video by Genki in response to part 1 of Anita Saarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series. First off, 'bout time Anita put this video out there after all that media attention. Pity I'm not seeing anything worth the $160,000 Kickstarter funds raised, and worse, the points Anita raises are poorly backed with partial evidence and out of context information....but Genki and others and others have already responded the problems in Damsel in Distress part 1, so I'm not going to bother to repeat. Plus, this is only part one of this topic, so I will reserve judgement on the topic itself. Mostly.
Instead, I will focus on some of the interesting points raised in the G+ conversation. First of all, I was surprised to find that, within more than 60 comments, none of the female gamers had come out of the woodwork until the very end, when one lady popped in to offer her opinion. Credit to the boys for having a rational conversation that did not involve tittering about boobies. See, internet? It is perfectly possible for us all to have an adult discussion. lol I said "tittering."
|Sigh. No Ivy. Just, no.|
That said, it was pointed out that MMOs seem to transcend all of the prejudices. Players are able to choose their gender, race (which may not even be based on actual, real world races), age and more. Because an MMO involves so many aspects, it has to concentrate on all encompassing story and characterization and game play. Any prejudice that appears in the game tends to come directly from the the players.
|SIE. Yes, please.|
|The Evolution of Lara Croft|
|Nilin, Remember Me. Thanks, CAPCOM, |
for taking the risk on her.
A gamer--even a sexist one--just wants a damn good game. That means story, characters, music, gameplay. Make that your priority and you will have our money.