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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 ackthpt (218170) on Friday March 21, 2014 @05:50PM (#46547417) Homepage Journal

    That's the quickest way.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 21, 2014 @06:10PM (#46547567)

    Heir’s argument went on to debunk studies which claim that games with female protagonists are doomed to have poor sales. He said that he believes such studies, including one which Polygon’s Ben Kuchera published during his time writing for the now defunct Penny Arcade Report, rely on "cherry-picked, inconclusive data."

    "When a game starring a woman comes out," Heir said, "the marketing and the development spends are simply less, which can overall impact the quality of the game and [its] success, which skews the numbers in the negative."

    Screw this. If there's a woman in the game, she better be hot or I'm not buying the game. These guys are selling fantasy. I want my fantasy hot and sexy, otherwise I'll go watch porn and not bother with the stupid game play, or obnoxious time-sink quests or the obnoxious early teen goofs who get off on being jerks. My life is full of more than enough reality, I want to buy some misogyny and sexism, not some PC-BS. This is what keeps me sane and provides a catharsis so I don't do this stuff in real life.

  • by Citizen of Earth (569446) on Friday March 21, 2014 @06:12PM (#46547593)
    Just delete the humans and you're all set.
  • by Simonetta (207550) on Friday March 21, 2014 @06:30PM (#46547715)

    " His GDC talk focused on 'misogyny, sexism, racism, ethnocentrism, nationalism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, queerphobia and other types of social injustice.' "

          Boy, this one is a challenge. Wish I had Will Shortz here to help. But I'll do the best I can:
    Capital Crime: Example in a game comment:
    misogyny You dumb fuck, you fight like a girl
    sexism You dumb chick, you don't fight worth a fuck
    racism You fight like a white boy.
    ethnocentrism You fight like a French white boy.
        nationalism You fight like a French white boy. USA, fuckin' A!
      ageism You fight like an old French white boy. USA, fuckin' A!
    ableism You fight like an old French white boy in a wheelchair. USA, fuckin' A! ,
    homophobia, You fight like an old French faggot white boy in a wheelchair. USA, fuckin' A! ,
      transphobia You fight like an old French faggot white boy in a wheelchair who dropped her dick on the floor. USA, fuckin' A!
      queerphobia You fight like an old French faggot white boy in a wheelchair who dropped her dick in his boyfriend's asshole. USA, fuckin' A!

    Did I miss anything?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 21, 2014 @06:46PM (#46547815)

    You mean parity, but feminism has indeed reached parody.

  • by Stormy Dragon (800799) on Friday March 21, 2014 @06:47PM (#46547825) Homepage

    I've found an effective way of dealing with homophobia online is to start flirting with them. They HATE when you do that.

  • by HockeyPuck (141947) on Friday March 21, 2014 @06:48PM (#46547837)

    In many video games, going back to some of the oldest, there's almost always been multiple races. Heck even Space Invaders had two races. WoW has over a dozen.

    If you're going to make a game that involves humans. Which race do you pick? Someone's going to get offended no matter which race you pick.

    I play SC2, Terran. There's Zergs and Protoss. Three races right there. Is someone offended that the Terrans appear to be primarily Caucasian? Sure there's a few bit characters that aren't. Why isn't Reynor hispanic, or Jewish or Chinese or Native American or whatever...

  • by Hognoxious (631665) on Friday March 21, 2014 @09:20PM (#46548655) Homepage Journal

    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.

    I didn't major in underwater basket-weaving, so can someone translate that into English please?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 21, 2014 @09:34PM (#46548721)
    She's been brainwashed by the patriachy.

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