With the launch of the PS4 right around the corner, we look at how and why Sony's new console is going to level the playing field for women and minorities.
I honestly tried to read the article, but just could not do it. Next up, PlayStation 4 saves Jesus..... yes folks, it will actually save Jesus.
Pretty obvious attempt to bank on the playstation hype to push topics that have really nothing to do with the console.
A man sees his point. It's black and its controller has handles that are the same shape as female sex toys.
And here I tough kinect was for women only.
well, better than the "PS3 causes cancer" articles from launch....or was it "PS3 causes Pollution"? If someone knows what Im talking about and can find those crazy articles, post it for laughs... EDIT: that was actually a positive article about folding at home. there was one at launch that put it in a crazy negative light.
It was cancer...haha http://n4g.com/news/7305/th...
@Sitdown: The comment section of the article you posted is quite amusing.
her name is Jasmine Henry apparently. so she is probably the same person as jasmino924 who posted this. our only hope is just to down vote the source website or kindly ask that she no longer posts flame bait article based on random statistics that add absolutely nothing of value.
I actually think this article is a good thing. Diversity is good, and the topic should be highlighted. The only gripes are practically the entire article could have said the same about Xbox One and the article is poorly written with a hype tone that is unnecessary. In short, this type of relevant content is better than 90% of the amateur blogs fueling the console war.
I had to stop reading at this part here... "Of all of the games released in 2012, only three featured notable female protagonists. Only one LGBT character was featured in PS3 and Xbox 360 games in 2012." I read the first part of the story that said "we’d like games that represent all of the faces we see in real life, because sometimes those less seen faces belong to us" and immediately thought A) The author doesn't have the authority to say what anyone wants games to represent but themselves and B) This article is clearly about what the author wants and feels is the way the direction gaming should be headed. But that second part that I originally quoted is where I stopped. I can smell a political agenda push a mile away and I'm really tired of people trying to turn games into a platform for social change. These people choose to ignore a lot, and make a big deal out of things that aren't a big deal. Why does sexual orientation in a video game matter? Are we playing games where sex is a real option every day? These people choose to ignore how each character fits into a story in any particular game. Would the story work with this kind of person, or that kind of person? Would people believe it enough to buy it, or would they look at it and pass on it? It's easy to say "throw the stats sheets away and change games to suit my own personal wants" but games that don't make money put the development studio at risk of shutting down and then NO ONE will be around to take risks. There are plenty of games with strong female characters, and sexual orientation in a video game is completely irrelevant. Ignoring those things and then trying to create an issue about it is wrong, and just annoys the hell out of me.
@DragonKnight I was going to post something similar to what you just posted but you beat me to it. I am not white, and yet I am thoroughly annoyed with these random politically-correct people entering into any social crevice they can and introducing their cold, academically synthesized, new-aged, social models that always ruin the organic form -and the SOUL- of whatever medium they choose to latch on to and suck the life out of. Social Engineering is one of the most moronic concepts that I have ever encountered. Rather than providing whatever opportunities and allowing whoever wants them to naturally gravitate towards them, certain organizations see fit to inject their poison into the entity and break it down until it becomes a shell of its former glorious self; all in an effort to BRING the opportunities TO the person -as if the person has no legs and free will to head over their themselves. I hate that word "minority", because to me it does note connote or even DENOTE a person who is not in the majority; instead, it means "a whiney social contingency that politicians (and the rest of society) must bow down to and draft special policies for, in order to achieve some form of expediency - or to conform to the newly-proliferated post-modernist 'Diversity'(tm) model seen everywhere in the world." by this - more accurate - definition of the word, I am NOT a minority. I have no problems playing games the majority of whom feature mainly white male protagonists. why? because the majority of people MAKING those blasted games that I love, are (!!) white males! IF you want a video game with a black male, or a Vietnamese female, or a rainbow colored panda with a proclivity towards homosexual behavior, then get yourself a degree in Computer Science and go make your own bloody game that features any of the above mentioned protagonists! but no, you are a "minority" and therefore someone somewhere OWES you something, so you are here to collect. You don't have to expend the energy getting into the industry and making your own direct impact, as our society has made provisions for you -oh great minority - that facilitate your whining. Wow I went on a rant; it took this article to finally bring it out of me.
@brighthand: +Bubbles for Well Said. I'd also like to add that for these people, it's far easier to whine about what you want to happen, than to actually make it happen yourself.
Jesus saves everybody, but who saves Jesus? PS4, that's who.
Jesus died for our sins… playstation 4 saves jesus…awkward!
All in 1080p/60fps
PS4 means big things for my wife, 24 inches! Yes i have bought her a new T.V for the bedroom so she can leave me the fuck alone with my new sleek black beauty!
LMAO, ty i needed a good laugh today.
"We’re going to have some critique on site soon as to whether or not games with ‘choose your own protagonist’ systems equal inclusiveness but for now, it’s undoubtedly a move in the right direction." For being dumb arses.
Is this satire? I can't tell.
no she is serious
'Ps4 means big things for women'....hmm...you mean like when i look at ps4 and get a hard on?Or when I hear Naughty Dog announcing a game and get an instant boner?Jk
I'm a strong black woman, and I'm getting a PS4.
Not as strong as CCH Pounder though. I wonder what she's getting?
Social justice taken too far...
I'm having a hard time believing this article exists... I'm dreaming right?
We are women and we are free. We are women and we free. PS4 is the place to be. But in all seriousness, this article is so ridiculous that I'm wondering if it's satire. I'm all for equality amongst the sexes and races, but the writers of this article are obviously trying to use the PS4 hype to push their agenda and they overdid it.
All I can imagine when reading that was the fucking power walking segments in GTA V with Frank's aunt.
Yup! I was wondering if someone would get the reference :D
Is facepalming still a thing because I'm facepalming so hard right now Lolita
I genuinely don't see why all you guys are behaving as if the article doesn't make sense? Yes, there are a lack of female characters and ethnic minorities even more so. I don't mind playing as a white guy but in pretty much every game? yawn
I don't get it either. Calling people out that she had an agenda when clearly even gaming journalist reviewing games out there has an agenda bigger than hers. Tbh, this generation had grown backwards. Remember the time when games female characters used to have as much as importance or good numbers alongside male characters? Well, most of them in this gen, if they are not some NPCs, they are in fighting games or shudders dating sim games or some prostitute in San Andreas.
I don't think anyone disagrees with the idea of games bringing greater variety in protagonists, but I think it should be the developers choice ultimately. Also I can't help but wonder what choosing a character's sexual orientation would bring to the gaming experience, it never really bothered me before.
I totally agree with you, two guys above mentioned that a certain character needs to be a certain type, or it will ruin the flow of the game. I understand that, lets say for red dead. But every single protagonist is white, and if the protagonist is black its the stereo typical black guy, loud mouthed annoying, humorus. Thats a gross insulting misrepresentation. I say dont force the colour change, but yet think it out carefully, if it works it works, i kinda agree with dragon knight a little tiny but, but at the same time i think they could do better with implementing different characters. You see this in movies, games, media has the world brain washed that white is the savior. I say just make the protag believable, dont force it. I personally dont like playing as females in games. It weirds me out.
Well I get the article. People here who doesn't get it needs to remember that a new generation of gaming means new changes especially a shift from dudebros shooters to more variety of games like what we experience during the PS2 era.
"Level the playing field" is liberal code for screwing over those who worked hard and earned their spot in order to convince the less fortunate to vote for them... and once you're reelected... you screw those people. lol. I can't count how many times O'bummer used that phrase and his lies about giving women equal pay/etc. Women working in the whitehouse earned almost 25% less in pay than a male in the same level position. Race and gender based requirements as seen through affirmative action college admissions is nothing but racist crap. The way the left treats blacks and how they feel they NEED to get preferential treatment in both school and work because they somehow can't do it without government help. This is what I call the soft bigotry of low expectations. Setting the bar at a different level because they feel minorities can't otherwise compete is about as racist as they come. The last thing I'd want for myself is being in the position of knowing I only got to this point, not because of how hard I worked but because my race/gender got me preferential treatment
This is why Republicans should never be allowed to vote. I mean, what the fuck has race/gender/politics got to do with gaming?
Gonna go ahead and throw everyone under that bus...and not just Republicans. We are all guilty for letting these idiot politicians walk on us.
Friend, I am of mixed race and COMPLETELY agree with everything you've said. Those other guys disagreeing with you don't seem to understand how it feels to have your potential undermined by the extension of hand-me-downs from the welfare state in one form or the other.
WTH did I just read?
"-In 2012 alone, approximately over 1/3 of all video games released on PS3 and Xbox 360 were shooters. -Of all of the games released in 2012, only three featured notable female protagonists. -Only one LGBT character was featured in PS3 and Xbox 360 games in 2012" ... can I get names and a source BESIDES your own website? I'm not trying to fight you on this, but I can tell you right now that Persona 4 Golden/Arena had both a gay character (possibly bi) and a transgender character...
Jesus christ... i feel sorry for the women and "minorities" who have to read patronizing shit like this once in a while. Nothing makes people who are considered undervalued by some feel quite as bad as having to read cuddly shit like this that's meant to make them feel better about being who they are. Neither women nor "minorities" are lesser in any conceivable way, so even talking about how things will be "better" for them like this article does is the worst fucking form of fascism that is generally accepted throughout society. I'd absolutely hate to be cuddled for being in a "minority". I have just as many capabilities to reach any form of success that i'd like to reach in life regardless of what groups people want to place me in.
I think you nailed why this whole article felt "off" to me. I'm happy to see diversity too, but it reminded me of when IGN (I think) made WAAAY too big of a deal out of Starhawk's protagonist being black.
Diversity = good. Political correctness gone too far = bad.
Political correctness in ANY degree = bad. Perhaps replace political correctness with earnest tactfulness, but even then, never to the extent of taking precedence over truth.
Lovely article - all except the fact that they completely over look that 2013 has corrected everything they said was wrong about games in 2013. tons of female lead characters, and LGBT too. the article is mute at best He forget all the following: Lara Croft – Tomb Raider* Xian and Purna – Dead Island Riptide Isabelle and Naya – FUSE Nilin – Remember Me* Ellie – The Last of Us Jodie – Beyond Two Souls* *where the female was the only primary lead role
Get you liberal politics out of my video games. Girls want games? Make 'em.
Why always compare a PC with the consoles... you cant compare them
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