Matthew discusses his opinion and ideas in regards to the roles taken by female characters in the video game industry
We need to stop makeing this a big deal and creating another article about it. Just let developers make games with whoever and whatever they want.
^ A million times THIS! No need for this "feminazi" rubbish,if the devs want to make and approach women as skimpy,slutty,sexual,then they have all the right to do so,if they want to make her a strong symbol of equality showing that she can do whatever you do then they can do that too. But forcing feminazi on devs and criticizing over female character designs they chose to do or over some sex scene(Castlevania Lords of Shadows 2 rape scene <<< as they call it) is disgusting and laughable! Not to mention the cultural difference between regions,countries .. etc.(Japan comes to mind) So,enough is enough,this crap needs to stop,this has nothing to do with defending women or wanting them more involved,this is pure Fascism ideals that you want to rub into everyone faces and if they don't see it the way you do then you just accuse them of being hateful to woman or against women,which isn't the case. Sorry for the rant.
Or better yet, tell those people who want more female representation in games to make their own games. The industry doesn't owe them a thing.
What a load of Tosh. What we need is great fun to play games that you not want to put the controller down. That's it.
"We need more female equality". You could start by calling them "women", not "females". This isn't biology class. Do you call men, "Males" when trying to talk about similarly-placed issues? I doubt it. You're just strengthening the division you try to eradicate.
Lara Croft and co says hello.
As much as I loved the new Tomb Raider game,Lara Croft..I didn't like! She transformed from the confident,strong and sexy beast that she was in the early games into a baby who moans and screams a lot.(yes she has good characteristic to her and more depth in this new game but still the screaming in more than half of the games cut-scenes while falling and crashing into everything on screen is just annoying). I know this is the "young Lara" and that she's still "green" so I'm hoping that that changes in the next installment of the series.
I personally dont like playing as women in video games, thats just me, but im not agaisnt it. Just a relation thing, i like to play as characters that i feel are relatable. I also think devs shouldnt put lead female characters in for the sake of doing it to appease beta's, if its natural and fits then do it. But im not agaisnt it, i just cant play as girls. Weird i know.
Devs should focus on telling the most engaging stories they can, and choose the gender for the characters based on what makes the most sense for the stories they're telling. Character creation should never be a 'paint by numbers' affair, where traits are decided based on other factors. In other words, if it makes sense for the character to be male, it should be male, and vice-versa. If a game's story and atmosphere is engaging enough, the last thing a care about is what a character's gender is.
Your point is quite good, and I certainly agree with you. I wouldn't have believed how controversial this article would be at all, but it seems like most people don't really give an actual response like yours, the most we've been getting are insults...but it is refreshing seeing someone with a good point!
Stop. Just stop.
Says a white knight looking to score some brownie points.
i have no comment
I would agree, if that's what we were actually talking about. But we're not actually talking about equality. We're talking about special treatment. What these people are calling "equality" is actually people wanting women to be treated differently than men. I'm not saying this is the case for the whole feminism movement, but it's certainly become the objective of the majority, and is DEFINITELY the motive of those making all the noise in the gaming industry. I hear countless complaints about women in skimpy outfits with unrealistic proportions, but hear NOTHING about all the uber-handsome, super muscular men. At best, it'll be explained away as a "power trip" for men; as if the very women who say we men don't understand them are somehow experts at understanding US. I hear whining about there not being more female protagonists, which is fine to a point, but they always ignore when there ARE female protagonists, and just seem to be pissed off that a game doesn't even have the OPTION for a woman to be the main character... like the entire story wouldn't have to be rewritten and voiced for that to work in most games(GTA, anyone?). Honestly, this claim doesn't amount to much. I understand that there are more women than ever playing games. But it's still male-dominated. And I don't buy that 40-whatever percent stuff, either; I'm 100% certain that statistic is skewed by the abundance of women that make up the casual gaming crowd: the majority of folks that bought a Wii last gen, most of the people playing Facebook games, and people who only play games on their tablets and smartphones. While it's important to cater to those individuals as well, they are not a significant enough number to change things in the highly significant ways people like this author- haven't even read the article, by the way- would like. Here's the thing: women who are real, core gamers got into gaming because of the games that are industry now. They started playing because of Halo, and Gran Turismo, and Mario. They got into gaming because of the very same games that are now suddenly unacceptable. Well, you know what? I want harlequin romance novels to be more accessible to men. I want more realistic men, instead of a bunch of Fabios. I want daytime talk shows to cover more subjects that are important to men, to have more men in the audience, and get more of a male perspective on things. Neither of these things is gonna happen, though, because both these things are designed largely to cater to women. It's silly of me to complain that things inherently designed for the entertainment of women don't equally and fairly represent men. I don't want sexism in gaming any more than the next person, but trying to FORCE this unequal equality is as sexist as any claims being made. And it's been old for a while now.
Bubble vote, well said.
Does anyone actually give a rat's ass about gender in games? They put female soldiers in CoD, it didn't mean shit, I still spray them.Would it matter to anyone if Ellie was Elliot or if Nathan was Natalie? Nope cause if the character is done well your gonna feel how the creator intended towards them regardless of gender.
The phrase "female equality" make absolutely no sense, it's an oxymoron. I believe the phrase you're looking for is "gender equality".
Stop beating a dead horse.
Due to an extreme case of "walloftext" and no TL:DR i can't say i've got it all. One thing i did notice however, you complain that there are too few female protagonists in games. Then you go on to critizise the female protagonists you do know about. Hell, you even manage to critizise Samus who spend most of her time COMPLETLY covered up. You even seem too forget about ellen page, too me there is no lack of games with a female lead or an important female character. The reason you won't find a game with a short stature and a flat chest who looks way too young outside of Asia, is simply because it wouldn't sell. If people do want a game like what you are talking about they would buy it, but the truth is, they want COD and BF. If you however believe there is an untapped market, you'd best keep it to yourself and tap dat ass(see what i did there?) TL:DR: Supply and demand + you're wrong anyway.
It's funny how equality is a big thing these days, since it shouldn't apply to games, nor anything else for that matter. Developers simply decide if the character is male or female, then nothing else matters. Equality is more related to things like salary, rights to vote and more. It's pretty tireing to see bloggers use it this way.
I think developers should make whatever the hell they want and not have to worry about what the backlash will be over female characters. If you don't like the way females are represented in a certain game then don't buy it.
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