SIGH… This is why I told you to educate yourself because your argument is depressingly ignorant. How did you manage to miss every single media controversy we’ve had about sexism in videogames during the past couple years? Here, here, here. Giant fuck-ups like these pop up at least once a month.
Riddle me this: why is the newest Alien game not about Ripley (the main character of the movies!!!) but you play some random space marines instead?
That’s because the story must always, always, ALWAYS be about some generic straight-white-cisguy-with-brown-hair while women and minorities, if they’re lucky enough to exist, are reduced into two-dimensional props on the sidelines. According to videogames, that’s what I am and that’s what I’ll ever be as a woman; I’m a passive piece of ass whose purpose is mostly to get kidnapped and then offer my genitals to the hero who rescues me. According to videogames, I’m not an actual person with hopes or dreams or ambitions - I only exist to be pretty.
There are exceptions, I know. Don’t bother bringing those up. We’re talking a handful of games that have female or minority protagonists. Like 2%. That’s not enough. We’re a lot more than 2% of the population.
My point here is that, more often than not, videogames don’t acknowledge my gender as CAPABLE OF BEING A WORTHWHILE PROTAGONIST. Developers won’t even put female characters on the box art in fear of losing sales. That’s pretty fucking offensive. All I want is a game about a WOMAN who is a shining star of her own story; a well-written woman who GETS SHIT DONE. Preferably a minority woman while we’re at it? Make it a game about a fat black bisexual transwoman in a wheelchair who hunts werewolves. That would be PRETTY INTERESTING. I feel good as a woman when I see awesome women on the screen. I deserve to have that feeling.
This state of affairs is not a conspiracy though, and I’m not implying it is; very few people out there make a conscious effort to shit on women and minorities. The idea of being inclusive and fair simply doesn’t cross their minds because mainstream culture is garbage and does nothing to encourage that. That’s why we need to spread awareness, and we need to complain more, vote with our wallets, and yes, GET ANGRY when we’re offended.
Sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, etc etc, none of that bullshit will ever end if we don’t talk about it. I’m not going to speak gently or tiptoe around an issue that concerns myself, and I don’t care if my anger makes you uncomfortable.
Over and out