Everyone should look at this post, and stop being an apologist for the pitfalls of the gaming industry. All because you like to play games (I do too) doesn't mean the industry is above criticism.
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Last edited by Comebhax; 15th June 2012 at 12:31 AM.
Implying that I'm in that category. It is funny how quickly pull out the "sexist!!" card.At this point I can just generally guess how men who have never really thought about this kind of stuff get defensive about the idea that their toys could possibly have any sexist elements.
Here's the funny thing. I despise first and third person shooters for the most part, and likewise many RPG's. Why? Because almost without exception I find the characters of both genders to be dull and many games to be little more than an exercise in box ticking. It's an appeal to the casual gamer, a bit like Michael Bay films. They don't challenge anything because they don't need to. Lazy writing is lazy writing, and the lack of imagination is prevalent in characters of both genders.
However, one can argue about how bad this is until the clouds come home. However, what is far more important (and seems to be being ignored by many) is that we do have examples where these ideals are challenged. Taking an example from the top of my head, I've always felt that the Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton series do a good job with their female characters. Anita Sarkeesian obviously agrees with me, which is why one of her videos is going to be dedicated to games where female characters buck her disliked trends.
Yet to do this is to miss the point, because her campaign and others like it are entrenched in negativity. Instead of primarily focusing on the poor ways in which women are portrayed in video games, the emphasis should be the other way round, not an afterthought. Spend the majority of your time promoting rather than criticising. It makes no sense to say "oh god the video games industry is so awful towards women but here are a few that aren't". I think she'd be far better served leading people in the "right" direction as opposed to attempting to divert them from the "wrong".
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Last edited by GhostAnime; 15th June 2012 at 12:50 AM.
No I agree with Manalu, though undoubtedly we're not trying to make the same point. Go into the girls toy aisle at a toy store, and then the boys aisle. I guarantee a lot of the girls toys are about princesses, cooking/cleaning, or shopping. Odds are also that most of them are pink or purple. Toys are extremely gendered.
Snorunt Conservationist: Ordinarily I do like you, but in this case I think you're being a major d*ck. Sorry to say it.
I think it's a fair enough argument. If you're going to patronise me as to how I should and shouldn't present my arguments, I think it's perfectly fair for me to patronise you that to lump any critics of your campaign into one homogenised group is a bit childish.