Anita Sarkeesian, blogger and host of the web series Feminist Frequency, tweeted her disappointment yesterday that the Xbox One E3 press conference had revealed “exactly zero games featuring a female protagonist for the next generation.” This enraged the trolls of the gaming community, and they quickly gave Sarkeesian handy advice such as, “shut the f* up”, “women don’t belong in video games,” and a reminder to ”check your f*cking privilege.” Sarkessian has collected the “top” 50 responses she received to her Tweet in a blog post, giving us a “window into what it’s like to be a female video game critic on twitter.” [Source]
Shit Hits the Fan
This is the time of the year were gamers are lost of the throngs of video game foreplay all because of E3 (Electronics Entertainment Expo) For those of you who don’t know about E3 it is a industry only venues used by video gamer and console makers to show off their upcoming wears. Many of my friends have already sent me the word on where we will drunkenly gather to play these games. I of course am in charge of the alcohol. As with most merriment there are always some idiots who mess it up.
Let me break it down for you
I went to an engineering school that was known for its computer science dept. which means that many students used to cut class to play Quake Doom, and CounterStrike in the computer lab while I desperately tried to master using libraries in C++ for 15 -20 mins a day having no computer at home. Some would even bring in their XBOX find ways to use the classroom projectors to play Halo.
They reminded me in a way of those deep sea creatures who don’t realize how grotesque looking spending lifetimes in the dark recesses of the sea with only flashing and glowing lights as company has made them. These were the kind of guys who find nothing odd or suspicious about cranking a few out to cartoon women who may or may not be 100% human and who wipe their tears from their eyes as they cry themselves to sleep with the corners of the tissues from their self-indulged, friction induced trysts. They were deathly afraid of women unless she was interested in hearing about why debian based version of Linux were much better, or she was knowledgeable about configuring kernels. After their first major heart-break they made the best workout buddies. These are good guys, yes they play Pokemon and Magic The gathering (this is actually not a highlander based game) but they are good guys who would still like nothing more than play video games with girls.
When ignorant misogynist dudes say such dumb shit like:
it pisses me off because first it’s rude ignorant and inappropriate. Secondly they have just made it that much harder for my nerd friends to score a gaming chick of their dreams who is a physical carbon copy of Jade Raymond at Ubisoft Toronto but can cook a hearty beef stroganoff. Btw I quote from Anita: Recent stats from the ESA show that 45% of gamers are actually women.
There are two rules of business I learned when I launched my business about 9 years ago. The first I cannot tell you because it is amazingly, graphically inappropriate, but the second rule is for anything to be successful you have to have women behind it.
If a bar attracts female clientèle consistently it will do well. If a commercial gym attracts a steady stream of females who feel comfortable and empowered it will do well. If a bookstore is kid friendly and caters to moms who are out with their kids it will do well! If a drug cartel has a woman at it head it will make more money and do better on all fronts. Because of women, Edward Bernays the father of public relations and propaganda, was able to change the taboo of smoking
Btw Read this great post demystifying a lot of taboo about gamers
*No nerds were harmed or had their feelings hurt in the writing of this post. They know MrMary shows his love and affection for people close to him by poking fun at them. They also know I am down to be any man’s wingman any place any time, any bar unless he is interested in my younger sister then I may have to rearrange hsi face.
** One of the most famous campaigns of Bernays was the women’s cigarette smoking campaign in 1920s. Bernays helped the smoking industry overcome one of the biggest social taboos of the time: women smoking in public. Women were only allowed to smoke in designated areas, or not at all. If caught violating this rule, women would have been arrested. Bernays staged the 1929 Easter parade in New York City, showing models holding lit Lucky Strike cigarettes, or “Torches of Freedom”. After the historical public event, women started lighting up more than ever before. It was through Bernays that women’s smoking habits started to become socially acceptable. Bernays created this event as news, which, of course, it wasn’t. Bernays convinced industries that the news, not advertising, was the best medium to carry their message to an unsuspecting public.
*** Take a look at this list of the most notorious female drug kingpins here .
Mexico’s most prolific female assassin has confessed to murdering 20 people. Maria Jimenez, aka La Tosca, was arrested last week in the northern city of Monterrey for her deadly role in the feared Los Zetas drug cartel. The 26-year-old widow, who has reportedly confessed to the killings and several other crimes, was paid $1,700 per month. I wrote a satirical piece on female drug dealers back in the day, check it out
- Women bashing breaks out on Twitter in response to claim about lack of female leads in Microsoft games (business.financialpost.com)
- New Xbox Gives Dickheads a Chance to Mansplain the Lack of Women in Video Games All Over Again (betabeat.com)
- Feminist analysis of video game tropes booted off YouTube within hours (rawstory.com)
- ESA Study Finds Women Make Up Nearly Half of Gamer Population (escapistmagazine.com)
- The Audacity of a Female Game Critic, or “The tumblr post that nearly made me throw my laptop across the room.” (Reblog) (transnerdfeminist.wordpress.com)