also confirming what I have dreaded to believe: the “women in games” community is absolutely goddamn frightful.
what could have been a valuable community within the mostly-male games industry has been confirmed time and time again to be this horrible snowballing sjw-buzzword-spewing black hole…
Hey, reasonable ladies who see through bullshit like this are welcome to take part in the gaming community any day of the week, in any capacity they choose. We do have inequality issues, and we need reasonable, intelligent women to help us solve them.
ugh, I know, I know. That’s the worst part…,why aren’t the reasonable, intelligent women showing up?
Why are we hanging back in apathy while we let clowns like Anita Sarkeesian run the show? Why do women in the industry feel this obligation to defend “one of their own” when the woman in question, like Zoe, is a pretty reprehensible person? Why do intelligent, level-headed women absolutely lose their shits over something as stupid and trivial as boobs in Dragon’s Crown - a shitstorm which was, by the way, started entirely by a MALE Kotaku “writer”? Where were the knowledgeable women in the industry when the AC:U thing broke loose, the ones who could play devils advocate and show how the industry thinks and why it makes the unfortunate choices that it does, instead of tweeting cutesy snide one-liners in the pointless #womenaretoohardtoanimate tag like a bunch of tumblr children? (news flash: sexism in the industry is insidious, it’s treated as a necessary evil at best, IT CANNOT BE PREACHED AT, IT NEEDS TO BE ENGAGED ON ITS OWN LEVEL IF WE WANT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT)
so where are the women the industry SHOULD be listening to. They’re not showing up. God knows I’m not showing up. I don’t want to show up, when the discussion of gender in gaming has become a toxic battlefield. And frankly, I’m ashamed of myself. Ashamed of all the other women in games for being complacent in letting the Sarkeesians of the world fight our battle for us, and EXTREMELY ashamed of Anita and her ilk, the hair-triggered, vindictive, useless harpies that they are. Gugggghhhhh.
The best way to combat sexism in gaming I think, anyway, is something Sarkeesian and her ilk are incapable of. Creating games with strong female protagonists who can do everything their male counterparts can do and more. Nothing will change people’s minds about women like great games starring them.
I like your tag, by the way, you cheeky person you. ;)