I think there is a big difference between an actual, real life woman deciding of her own free will to wear whatever she feels comfortable in, and a (usually male) game designer deciding to sexualize a character of his own creation with an impracticable outfit, despite any practical requirement of the character’s narrative or personality.
Thanks so much! I’m not a gamer myself, but I still care a lot about representation in gaming and try to follow the issue. I’ve heard a bit about those games, mostly good things in regards to female characters.
If you’re really interested in gaming from a feminist perspective, I highly recommend you check out Gaming Feminism.They are a great tumblr on the subject and they really know their stuff.
"I don’t like playing as female protagonists in games because I can’t identify with them and it breaks immersion!"
yeah well if a bedroom-dwelling white uni girl like myself can get pretty deeply and emotionally immersed into the character of a black male convicted murderer in a zombie apocalypse then you being unable to play a character just because they have a vajayjay is pretty damn pathetic
The conflict you’ve set up here is a false one. You’re suggesting we should get upset about the lack of women developers and sexism in the industry “instead” of the lack of women characters, as though those two things are mutually exclusive and/or at odds, when in fact they are inextricably linked.
You see, there is a vicious cycle: most game developers are men; so they make games they like, which are games men and boys like; so it’s mostly men and boys who buy the games; so marketing departments decide that men and boys are the only audience; so games are exclusively marketed to men and boys; so women get the message that games are not made for them; so women don’t buy games; which makes the marketing a self-fulfilling prophecy; so women are excluded even further; men in the industry feel secure and superior; this creates a hostile atmosphere towards women; so women see an industry that doesn’t want them, and they don’t want to be a part of it either; and so most developers remain men; and the cycle repeats ad infinitum.
So you see, the sexism directed at women in the industry is both a result of a lack of female developers and also a cause. A lack of well-written female characters is both a result of a lack of female developers and also a cause. So setting up this as a situation where we’re allowed to care about one of these things but not the other is counterproductive. Do I want more well-written women characters in games? Of course. But do I also want more women characters? Yes. There’s no conflict there; I want both.
Ultimately what I want is a complete change, a complete breakdown of the ugly cycle I outlined above. I want an industry that doesn’t treat women like garbage. I want an industry whose population in some way mirrors that of society at large. And I want marketers to understand that women play games, and to stop devoting all of their efforts to pretending they don’t. I think that a greater effort towards diversity in characters can be one important component to this breakdown. I think it could be both result and cause of a new direction in the industry, and therefore it is an important thing to strive towards and advocate for.
In which the only purpose of a female videogame character is to be a sex object for male gamers
this is absolutely disgusting.
if i get any angrier i’ll probably start pissing acid
i’m not a misandrist but this is why men can’t play video games, they’re always distracted by sex.
Filthy male casuals, only care about cute women in their games and don’t value gameplay. Get back in the garage and fix my car.
Look at out outraged they are when a female characters’ tits aren’t busting out. lol They tell us that her style of dress is no big deal when we complain about it, but look at the reaction when that’s taken away!
PS: For those who don’t know or can’t tell from this picture, this character is also a Black woman, arguably the least attractive kind of woman for a self-entitled white dudebro who faps over games like Dead or Alive… Just ask Rochelle from Left 4 Dead 2. There’s a reason why so many in that fandom hate her and love the college-aged white girl.
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"Because what is the point of a female video game character if you can’t have sexual fantasies about her??"-Dudebro gamers
Hey guess what… if you only reason you play videogames is to get a boner I think you qualify as a fake gamer-boy and have no right to play or call yourself a gamer. Go look at porn, you shitfarts.
FUKKEN HELL YES
Angering misogynistic male gamers is definitely a step in the right direction!
I like this whole Fake Gamer Dudebro thing that’s happening here.
Let’s keep that up.
Oh fake gamer dudebros, go back to Call of Duty and stay out of my Assassin’s Creed.
"If you want more women in gaming, then women should make more games"
This statement is so heavy with fuckery that I don’t even know how to go about taking it down. It’s not even just demeaning to women; It’s demeaning to artistic process, it’s ignorant of all the outside factors necessary to make the game, it’s assumes that the gaming industry and culture is at all welcoming to women in the first place. What I hate most about it though is how its wording is supportive but its context and intent is almost always to silence those who dare to speak out about it.
If the selection at the average retailer is anything to go by, girls don’t play video games. If cultural stereotypes are anything to go by, video games are for males. They’re the makers, the buyers and the players.
An excellent read on the increasingly present gender disparity in video game marketing, development and culture.
This is an excellent article that examines how we got to the idea that games are for boys. The amount of detail in the article is excellent and clearly other news outlets need to get on articles like this because people are interested in this stuff. I want to know why a game is the way it is, not just if the game works.
The fact that people still think girls don’t like video games and when they do it’s only to get attention, blows my fucking mind
the fact that women make up 43% of the gaming population even though it’s misogynistic, toxic, abusive and downright unwelcoming proves that women are automatically more hardcore at gaming than men