Feminism in games? Honestly there comes a time in every gamer’s life when they see or hear something that people who don’t understand them disagree with. It’s during these times that we need to embrace them and let them know gaming isn’t a cancer, it’s a positive lifestyle that anyone can adapt to and understand. It’s not something that you can claim as a lifestyle and set aside for another time when someone challenges your street credit at the arcade. You either hone your skills as the Samurai did theirs in battle, or you don’t.
That time that I referred to earlier has never passed over to a new dawn. It’s been here since 1972 when Pong first hit arcades, and virtual gaming was born. Up until recently in 2014, there was a blanket over the gaming industry keeping us all comfortable and at ease with what we had. When the summer of 2014 hit the scene, it was exposed by several media outlets, that there was a serious problem with journalism, game developers, and the entertainments industry colluding with one another for money and ad-revenue. That’s when it was revealed that feminism, and several feminist critics were involved in the conspiracy known as Gamergate.
Now by it’s definition, Gamergate is sold as: an ethical crusade to cleanse the world of corrupt journalism and provide exposure to all corrupt media facets. By consumers for consumers who are basically tired of eating crap and being told it’s worth reading. If you’re reading an article and see the words: Misogynist, hate campaign, terror against women, or cyber harassment stop reading it immediately. You’re most likely reading a feminist outlook on Gamergate–which is automatically biased and misinformed.
Gamergate is not a hate group, there is no leader, and there is no real objective other than proving to the media you can’t silence us without blow back. We won’t spend money or time where we don’t see a use for it–ever. If you need a prominent example take a look at Pokémon GO with Niantic, it’s losing users and fast due to their ignorance of what fans who played the game since 1995 have wanted it to be. And that’s their own greedy ambition, which has lead to a serious dip in their premium version of the game and multiple lawsuits by other countries and individuals.
But back onto why were here today, and why feminism needs to remove it’s cancerous hands from our gaming and comics. Now by very definition, feminism is supposed to be inclusive and accepting of all genders, races, and religions to “further their cause,” by providing education to those unaware. The problem with this? Finding a feminist who will actually explain what they want or need from society and men. If you ask feminist to explain themselve’s they will tell you to shut up, go away, or my favorite line: “It’s not my job to educate you.” Then who’s is it? No one’s, that’s who.
The problem with comics, and gaming is that when you cross feminism with these alleged cisgender men, you see a resistance that’s paired with something that they can’t handle: teamwork. The result? Feminist crying and blocking their ears toward the audience, screaming for it to stop. If you’re like me and might be wondering why this is; the answer is even simpler than the question. And it won’t surprise you at all.
They feel entitled to a share of the money that gaming holds, and cling to the misconception that specific game should be made the way that hey see fit–with strong female leads wearing sweaters and mom jeans. They believe that women have been excluded from the gaming industry as a whole, and that the ever strong mythological patriarchy, is keeping them out. But this isn’t true. They’re excluding themselves by standing in their own way, and not understanding that male consumers like gore, breasts, doll eyes, and loud guns.
While that may sound sexist, I used it as an example for a very good reason. Sexism sells to young male gamers who haven’t reached adulthood yet, and want to indulge in the fantasy of a young woman in her child bearing years yearning for their company. For some, these interactions are positive for their self confidence and morale, for other’s it’s the normal Saturday night with friends. Gore, blood, aliens, and violence are an escape for many others who just find those things interesting to let off steam and enjoy life online.
Feminist critics like Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn, Brianna Wu, Katherine Cross, and even men like Jef Rouner, Arthur Chu, and Chris Kluwe don’t enjoy games, comics, or gaming. To them it’s a means to an end and I’ll prove it to you with prime examples.
Zoe Quinn slept with five men to have her game depression quest covered on Kotaku by then writer Nathan Grayson, who was aware that she was dating someone else at the time. Her ex-boyfriend exposed this to the media in a blog post which you can find here. Brianna Wu repeats the same harassment story each time she speaks about fleeing her home, and hiding out, but it was proven that she most likely never left at all. Katherine Cross has a distinguished level of education, but chooses to waste it writing essay’s on games, and participating in the Crash Override Chatlogs. Jef Rouner, a writer for the Houston press is a feminist lap dog, and chooses to waste–what little talents he has–bumping and promoting feminist allies works.
Chris Kluwe is a washed up former NFL athlete who was forced out of the league and now spends his days pushing feminist narrative, and Arthur Chu–former contestant on Jeopardy refuses to accept that he’s done enough to satisfy his quota. From the links and videos you can see how feminism gets it wrong–every single time. It’s even worse due to the fact that they cannot accept that there’s no place for it in gamer, or comic culture.
My advise to everyone on this list? Actually play a video game on this list to completion and tell me what you thought: Grand theft auto V, Bioshock 2, Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Gears of War, Halo, Uncharted, God of War, Need for Speed. Did you have fun? Was it entertaining? How can you describe it to a friend to get them interested? If you cannot answer any of those questions then you should sincerely re-think why you want to be involved in video games, or comics at all.