Hey, Gaming Industry: Stop Being Xenophobes and Censors

The march of justice rolls on, ladies and gentlemen–through the passionate rants of radical gaming feminists, we are redeemed. Through the rabid guilt-tripping by game reviewers labeling everything under the sun “misogynistic” and/or “racist,” we are made clean. One way or another, we are going to make games “mature” and “grown up” and “sensitive” or we will die trying. Screw demographics, screw freedom of speech, screw art–making sure nobody’s feelings are hurt is way more important!

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IanVanCheese1987d ago

I don't agree with everything this guy says, but he makes some good points.

HighResHero1987d ago (Edited 1987d ago )

Most of what he says is relevant,

"It’s not an artist’s job to make you feel included and welcomed into every piece of work under the sun, nor curtail or change their views to avoid pissing you off. That includes game developers."

People often want others to change their views in order to fit in with their own screwed up perspective. It's reverse-bigotry, or really flat out bigotry, mixed with a little bit of hypocrisy.

"It’s a point of view that, upon any serious consideration, falls apart: someone decides that they are the sole arbiter of what’s offensive, what’s not offensive, and what should be “allowed” in the modern gaming industry."

The double standards seem to be okay though as long as they fit in with the persons' viewpoint.

IanVanCheese1987d ago

The way he says it is what worries me. He's using some fairly solid arguments to justify some fairly iffy positions.

addictedtochaos1987d ago

Couldn't have said it better myself.

360ICE1987d ago

I think this is the best part:

"Pokemon is not transphobic because they don’t include cross-dressing options (I’m not kidding, that’s been argued.) The designer of Spelunky did not sit down and go 'this damsel in distress is going to be running around each level because hurr durr women are stupid and helpless.'"

I would've wished for more examples early on, because in the beginning I was thinking you made a big fuzz out of very little, so the examples really helped the text.

Many fair points made, here. I do really like that artists make an effort to represent minorities or don't offend for no reason/offend for a reason, but at the end of the day consumers should also cut some devs some slack. Some games are going to play on traditional stereotypes, and sometimes there's a point to that. For instance Spelunk wanting to feel Indiana Jones-esque.

Swiftfox1987d ago

I truly detest articles like this. Someone ranting about things he doesn't fully understand and never wishes to fully understand.

Every time I read one of these, all I can read is “I like when games cater to me and they should continue to cater to me. I was lucky enough to be born white, to be born with a penis, and to be born heterosexual so I deserve all entitlements attached to these fortunate events. My classification has the power, and I'll be damned if I'm going to feel like the outsider.”

I despise when people bring up “art” or “artistic license” and holds it up like a shield in order to create or enjoy disgusting works that benefit their ideals and no one else's. Please learn what art is. For the matter, please learn what freedom of speech and censorship are as well. Saying we shouldn't criticize for specific things undermines free speech and IS a form of censorship.

Also, the internet needs to find a different word for people upset with specific assets in games. “Offended,” isn't the right word. In many cases people aren't offended at content so much as they see content and it makes them feel ashamed, misrepresented, or unwelcome. Wanting to fix this isn't censorship or the silencing of free speech. Making the medium a more welcoming prospect is not a bad thing.

Will there be fluffs over nothing? Absolutely. You'll have those who jump to conclusions, you'll have those who read too little or too much into it, and you'll find those who are over zealous. If and when it happens we communicate intent like adults. Not a spoiled child claiming the swing-set all to himself and excluding those who are different.

So please--do grow up. See the bigger picture.

KonsoruMasuta1987d ago (Edited 1987d ago )

"Please learn what art is"

Youdon't dictate what works are viewed as art and which work are not. We all have different interpretations on the things we see in life. You may see something disgusting but that doesn't mean everyone will.

Art doesn't need to cater to he ideals of others! That isn't the point of it.

valormeer1987d ago

Swiftfox I'm sorry to say you are the exact type of person that the dude is talking about. You are effectively proving his point. *Golf Clap*

wheresmymonkey1987d ago

where's that Citizen kaine gif when you need it.