Posted: Oct 24, 2014 4:03 pm
by Rome Existed
Thommo wrote:
Spinozasgalt wrote:


Yeah, I know. It's almost like she's not trying to have a nuanced discussion isn't it?

I'm constantly perplexed at how much she takes for granted even in her less polemic moments. The "dearth" of female protagonists in video games is an archetypal example. Of the games I bought over a few years, and of those which feature a protagonist (so, games like civilisation excluded) over 50% feature a playable female protagonist. I know this because I counted, and suspect it's representative of highly rated games taken from a variety of genres, with admittedly low representation of FPS games (I don't like modern FPS design much).

I also don't think I've ever owned a game that features jiggle physics remotely comparable to Dead or Alive, yet how many times does that get mentioned?

There definitely is a conversation to be had, the number of homophobic, racist or misogynistic comments encountered on places like XBOX live is definitely way too high, and the number of people who think "teabagging" or "corpse raping" are funny is... incredible and I've heard communites for games like League of Legends can be the same, but on the other hand MMO communites are vastly different in my experience.

I think too many people believe as an article of faith that there is a unique or intrinsic problem among gamers regarding sexism, and too many people won't even consider that there might be, so no conversation ever takes place and no facts ever emerge.

I think there's a reason why 90% of the games she discusses seem to come from the 80s or 90s.