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Brink: No Girls Allowed

So here we have yet another game where you are not allowed the option to be female--either the devs would rather make realistic walls instead or it would just be too haaaard for them to create female models, or, heck, they write out the wimminfolk by having them be artificially inseminated or gang-raped until they produce babies.

There is something that is deeply disturbing about the way that female characters are considered superfluous, and a "feature" that could be dropped. I understand that there is a gross gender inbalance amongst game devs...but the sad fact is, when they create games that either ignore or alienate women, this imbalance is going to continue, because the NOT FOR YOU is coming through loud and clear.

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si_h
May. 10th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
what bothers me the most is the comments on these articles. because that's the living, breathing proof that these men don't see anything wrong with what they're doing, and will even continue to try to justify it all, as if they honestly know what female gamers WANT in a game.

i...don't even know what else to say. it's beyond frustrating and is completely absurd and pathetic!
sonotagamer
May. 17th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, god the comments.

Kotaku reposted the same article, and OH GOD.

It was depressing as all else, it really was.
duowolf
May. 10th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
See I'm always surprised by this as most of the guys I talk to usually choose the female model to play as rather then the male one when the choice is offered to them much like I always choose the male model to play with.
sonotagamer
May. 17th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
*snicker* It all comes down to which ass would you rather watch run across the screen sometimes.
death_by_wasabi
May. 12th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
This is a big head-asplodey frustration topic for me. And I disagree with the video applauding ubisoft for their "girl games", I find those things probably even more offensive than not having any games aimed at girls at all.

Of course I've also been railing about the divide between "girl" toys and "boy" toys lately, and that overall it just really needs to stop. Blargh.
sonotagamer
May. 17th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
The Ubisoft "girl games" thing is a sticking point for me, too--it's reinforcing the idea of what games are for girls and which ones are for boys. Back in my day, it was just a damn game. You played Mario and tried to save Princess Toadstool.
clockworkcleric
May. 18th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
I can agree with this. I mean, you can bring up the argument that female characters in one-on-one fighters like KoF or Tekken are strong, key characters in the game but it's pretty hard to explain why most of them fit into one of the typical stereotypes:

(a) scantily clad, big breasted
(b) strangely provactive to fully clothed, submissive doll
(c) so-called "dyke"

The same goes for Final Fantasy (Tifa is big-breasted and short-shirted/Lulu extremely buxom and fetishistic in dress, Aeris/Yuna fully clothed by typical Asian stereotype submissive woman, etc.) and pretty much any other game.

It does come down to who the developers are really gearing the game towards. The target demographic is obviously not the female gamer population...if it was, a half-naked woman who flashes her crotch with every kick would be out of the question.
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