So what has everybody been buzzing about in the gaming world for the past few weeks? Naughty Dog’s new post-apocalyptic title? Planetside 2? 38 Studios’ collapse? Some rising indie developers?
Story after story has been making the rounds online about men treating female gamers, professional or casual, like so much dirt. Shocking, we know. The gaming community is filled with misogynist assholes? News at 11. Take your pick of stories.
At E3, a PC game reviewer wasn’t allowed a chance for a hands-on demo because it was assumed she wouldn’t know how to play a military shooter.
How about E3 itself, still crawling with booth babes, which most people agree cheapens the trade show aspect of the event? But don’t be female and criticize the booth babes or have a Kickstarter for a project exploring bad female tropes in gaming, or you’ll suffer online ire no male blogger has to deal with. Like threats of rape. Hey, maybe it’ll build character for those uppity, overly sensitive female gamers, like it’s supposed to do for Lara Croft. They should feel so bad for trying to, you know, ruin other players’ good times and trying to bring everyone down to their level of asking for some basic human respect.
How about the public humiliation of Miranda Pakozdi, a player in Capcom’s Cross Assault competition for Street Fighter and Tekken players, who was subjected to lewd comments from her coach and having her breasts and thighs filmed? Hey, it’s just trash talk, right? If you can’t deal with it, you’re just proving that women should be in the kitchen making sandwiches.
How about a Destructoid writer calling Felicia Day pointless over Twitter for no good reason, provoking her million-plus followers, including Wil Wheaton, to publicly condemn the blogger and the site that publishes him? This story was the capper in a string of such stories about the anti-women sentiment apparent to pretty much any female gamer.
“There’s no anger like that of the privileged,” writes Gamasutra’s Brandon Sheffield in a very good op-ed piece. With all of this hostility and prejudice from fans and professional peers, is it any wonder only 10% of game programmers are female and they make on average $3K less than their male counterpoints?
Or are you angry?
We’d like to do more reporting on games this week — there are some tidbits on Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, Game of Thrones, and Final Fantasy VII below — but this is what’s really getting us fired up. And not in a good way.
- Guild Wars 2 launches August 28. An MMORPG without monthly fees? Sign us up.
- Earlier this week, word leaked that Linux users using third-party software (in this case, WINE) to run Windows-based applications on their OS were being banned from Diablo 3 for cheating, simply for using the WINE workaround. Blizzard now refutes this report, stating that test cases did not result in any false positive results, and only cheaters are being banned.
- Game of Thrones is set to go MMO in Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms, which takes place in Westeros shortly after the deaths of Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark. Hopefully, it turns out better than previous GoT gaming offerings.
- Final Fantasy VII — a landmark in gaming history — is being remade for PC. We’re a bit wary of the first trailer, but hope springs eternal.
- Finally, check out this fun GTA art by Patrick Brown. We particularly enjoy CJ wearing his jetpack indoors. Using that cheat code always led to fun things.