God damn, this is amazing.
God damn, this is amazing.
So with the whole Zoe Quinn thing the argument of women gamers has been coming up and I keep seeing that bullshit 50% statistic thrown around all the time, and along with it the argument that casual gaming is still gaming.
Sure, it is, but only tangentially.
Casual gaming (facebook games, mobile games, etc.) are a niche platform that’s basically an entire industry of it’s own, and similar to how you wouldn’t compare TV shows to movies, you wouldn’t compare casual games to regular video games.
Actually I didn’t mean for that comparison to be so spot on; TV shows and casual games are meant to be enjoyed in quick sessions, and while it is possible to binge play/watch, it’s not what people will generally do. Meanwhile, with regular video games and movies, you’re expected to be playing/watching for hours on end.
Another differentiating factor is that casual games almost always have very simple mechanics and very simple controls. Try getting your grand ma who plays hidden item games and Zuma Returns to play something like Skyrim and they’ll be completely lost. (And don’t say “Oh, but MY grandma plays skyrim!” or something, that’s not the point; they’re still a minority group)
Really, the biggest problem I have with this is that people try to make the ridiculous “statistic” mean something by adding non existent people into it. Of course, the expected amount isn’t supposed to be strictly people who play games constantly, but if they’ve never even held an Xbox controller, let alone played a game with it, then they shouldn’t be included in the grouping.
Honestly though, there’s still no reason to demonize casual gaming. Anyone with a smart phone plays at least one game on it, and if you say you don’t you’re probably lying. Not to mention that, apparently, the hidden item game scene has had a THRIVING amount of well written female protagonist coming from it, and some of the companies making them are starting to drift over into the more hardcore development fields. (Go watch the Extra Credits video about it for more info, or look up Artifex Mundi, they seem pretty in the loop)
In the end though pulling the casual crowd from the pool would detract from male/female/nonbinary making the numbers not as steep as you’d expect, men would still have a huge lead, but female gamers have been, are, and will, continue to grow, and considering how popular gaming is become as a whole, big enough to start rivaling other forms of media, it won’t be long before it’s just a regular thing people do like go to the movies.
And even better, she’s getting away with it so far.
No big name game journalism site is addressing this.
And this is why “sexism towards women in the games industry” is made into a fucking joke.
So apparently what Zoe Quinn did is technically considered rape by US law, and has openly admitted to said actions.
Jesus fucking christ…
I’m planning on getting a commission soon but i’m not entirely sure who to get it from cause all my fav artists are never active.
Anybody else remember this episode? In it, a female villain called Femme Fatale is stealing millions of dollars in Susan B. Anthony coins. Naturally, the Powerpuff Girls go to stop her. She then convinces them that men are all horrible because female superheroes aren’t as well known as male superheroes, even asking Blossom to name some to where her only answer is Wonder Woman.
They start acting bitter, refusing to do chores when the Professor asks and even telling the Mayor to save the town himself. Ms. Bellum and Ms. Keane talk to the girls and basically explain that being mean to guys won’t do anything and that isn’t the kind of message feminists should put out.
They proceed to beat up Femme Fatale while giving her a history lesson about Susan B. Anthony, the story where she voted and was found guilty because women couldn’t vote back then, but when the judge wanted to let her off easily because she was a woman, she forced them to take her to jail. The girls handle her and the lesson is that misandry will not stop misogny and we all should just respect each other.
And it fell on Tumblr’s deaf ears.
To the point where many among the sort of person depicted in this episode point out that Lauren Faust later regretted writing the episode. What they conveniently leave out is the fact that it was because of all the death threats she received from that sort of person.
Listening to my dad lie through his teeth in front of other people and knowing he knows I can’t say shit cause they’ll believe him and not me.
It’s like i’m in one of those shitty movies.