Gamer gate has been trying to use Bayonetta as a rallying point, and criticism of it as proof of a “feminist agenda” in reviews
They’ve been trying to get Hideki Kamiya, creator of Bayonetta, to support them
Well, he tweeted this today.
the salt is so fucking real
I can see why he might think it was summer. It’s pretty toasty up in here from all those burns he just laid down.
They come out on warm days.
Fun game for ladies: In front of a geeky dude, say “Silence, Earthling! My name is Darth Vader! I am an extraterrestrial from the planet Vulcan!”
If he gets all mad, condescendingly explains to you why you’re wrong, or starts talking about that “fake geek girl” nonsense, not…
Is it bad my brain immediately went “Holy shit! BTTF!”?
"Don’t celebrate Halloween, Christians!! It is based in a pagan holiday!"
Boy have I got some news for you concerning Christmas.
What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.
Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.
And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.
How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.
Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.
This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.
Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.
They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility. — BioWare EA Writer David Gaider speaking on sexism and sexuality in video games. (via lolitsgabe)
kwortega said: Holy crap, Danny. How did I not immediately realize this? This GamerGate stuff? It's just an extension of the classic "why does this thing I don't like getting good reviews/attention? Must be money or friends!" I feel stupid for taking this long to realize that.
So first of all - yea, right?
But I also think casting a critical eye over the press is crucially important. My problem with GG (apart from all the ugliness that’s it’s been associated with - tangentially or not) is that I think a large amount of the people involved are kids that just don’t know better and have made a laughing stock out of an issue that requires tact and reason.
I mean, the fact that this whole thing is circled around some BS about a free Greenlight game makes my eyes roll so far back they almost come out my arse. It’s the dumbest nonsense.
I mean, review event season is just around the corner motherfuckers. Let’s stop being babies about socially conscious games you wouldn’t have played anyway and get real.
TELL ME THAT SCHOOL ISN’T HARD
I KNOW YOU’RE GROWN UP
I KNOW YOU ARE MY PARENT
I KNOW YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN THROUGH THIS PART OF LIFE
BUT SCHOOL HAS GOTTEN HARDER
AND TEACHERS ARE UNFAIR TO ME AND ASSIGN TOO MUCH
AND THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN I AM TIRED
I CANNOT DO WORK
I CANNOT SUCCEED ON A TEST
I CANNOT FUNCTION
From a teacher:
We know it’s hard. We know you’re tired. We know the education system is flawed. We’re tired too. But there is some guy in an office in government somewhere telling us of we don’t set you more work we aren’t doing our jobs properly and we have bills to pay. We really are sorry, honest.
Strip public of the vote says Ukip candidate -
The decision to extend the vote to middle class people and women in the nineteenth century was a mistake which should be reversed, a Ukip candidate has suggested.
Magnus Nielsen, who is standing for the party in West Hampstead said the UK should start reducing the number of people entitled to vote.
"I sometimes think the people who fought for the vote in 1832 and 1888 and so forth, trying to extend the franchise were probably doing the wrong thing," he told an election hustings in West Hampstead.
"I think perhaps we should start reducing the franchise."
*Checks watch* Yeah, it is definitely 2014, and it’s definitely not 1st of April… so, what the fuck?
My mom used to think I was crazy when I snatch the remote and turn it down from 26 to 25.
I like mine divisible by 8. 40 loud, 32 normal, 24 quiet.
(Source: ultrafacts, via wyrdstuff)
It’s (expletive) wicked,” said Steven French, an 18-year-old who was said he was visiting from Haverhill, Mass.
“It’s just like a rush. You’re revolting from the cops,” he said, sometime after 9 p.m. “It’s a blast to do things that you’re not supposed to do. —
One person’s quote from the New Hampshire Keene State riots sums up white privilege in America. Whites don’t have to worry about police/other people coming down hard on them for simply existing, for walking down a sidewalk (Michael Brown), for carrying a gun in a Wal-Mart (John Crawford), for walking home after going to a convenience store (Trayvon Martin), for trying to get help after a car crash (Renisha McBride, Jonathan Ferrell).
So, yeah, Steven, go on and enjoy your white privilege. Never mind that African-Americans are literally dying while you and other whites get to literally stand on top of upturned cars without threats of being killed for simply existing.
Meanwhile, thank you for giving us a quote to illustrate white privilege in America. You’re an asshole, Steven. [Sentinel Source]