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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming 704

Posted by Soulskill
from the can't-we-all-just-get-along dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A central theme for several talks at this week's Game Developers Conference has been how to deal with the abuse generated by a small segment of gamers. BioWare's Manveer Heir says he wants the industry to stop being scared of challenging the most outspoken and vituperative members of the gaming community. His GDC talk focused on 'misogyny, sexism, racism, ethnocentrism, nationalism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, queerphobia and other types of social injustice.' He said, 'We should use the ability of our medium to show players the issues first-hand, or give them a unique understanding of the issues and complexities by crafting game mechanics along with narrative components that result in dynamics of play that create meaning for the player in ways that other media isn't capable of.' Meanwhile, Adam Orth, who became the center of an internet hatestorm last year after an offhand comment about always-online DRM, said game developers should make an effort to encourage their playerbase to behave in a more civilized manner."
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 21, 2014 @06:17PM (#46547623)

    Because, you know, being part of a movement looking to improve the rights of historically opressed groups makes their arguments crap.

    Are you kidding? You do know that feminism isn't about hating on men or trying to mooch off society right? Evidently you don't.

  • by MouseTheLuckyDog (2752443) on Friday March 21, 2014 @06:30PM (#46547717)

    You do know that feminism isn't about hating on men or trying to mooch off society right? Evidently you don't.

    Well that is because there is empirical evidence to the contrary.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 21, 2014 @08:27PM (#46548399)

    try tumblr.

  • by kurzweilfreak (829276) <kurzweilfreak AT gmail DOT com> on Friday March 21, 2014 @08:38PM (#46548449) Journal
    Whatever happened to "sticks and stones"? Are we such wimps that we're now going out of our way to be offended by the fantasy worlds that we're voluntarily taking part in?
  • Re:Further: (Score:3, Informative)

    by 0111 1110 (518466) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @12:14AM (#46549269)

    You misunderstand the problem

    Actually I think you are the one who misunderstands the problem. There is no real problem. Bioware is well known as the LGBT developer. That's what they do now. They cater to the lesbian audience. It's basically lesbian romance fiction with some boring combat thrown in. This article is just marketing for them. Trying to drum up business by claiming that all other developers should be exactly like them and only hire lesbian writers to write about lesbian characters for a mostly lesbian audience.

    I don't see anything wrong with Bioware catering exclusively to one particular sexual orientation and attempting to appeal exclusively to those lesbians of lesser intelligence who think Harlequin Romances are great works of fiction. But I do see something wrong with them trying to claim that everyone else should be doing the same and that if they choose not to then they must be racist sexist bigots. Bioware is arguing in favor of self-censorship and their own form of sexism. Discrimination against the majority is still discrimination. IMO censorship is still wrong even when it is self-censorship or corporate profit motivated censorship.

  • by 0111 1110 (518466) on Saturday March 22, 2014 @12:31AM (#46549315)

    Misogyny is still very much widespread and I am fed up.

    Meanwhile the rest of us are fed up with paranoid schizophrenics like yourself who believe women are being persecuted everywhere. There are countries where women are not treated as equals and I think most first world guys are against that. These would be the same guys you are mostly addressing right now.

    Based on my own observations attractive women are treated better than most people in general. They are "more equal". There are plenty of studies to demonstrate this. Ugly women, like ugly men, are routinely discriminated against OTOH by nearly everyone. But it isn't due to their sex. It is due to their unattractiveness. Unattractive males are also treated badly and paid less.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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