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A Rant: Gamers and Sexism

I am a fan of the Colbert Report and Daily Show. Generally a good chuckle on the messed up things happening around the world. Last night Colbert did a segment on #Gamergate. A topic that has been going on for awhile. I have politely kept my nose out of it. I figured it a mixed bag with people cherry picking their arguments. As is usually the case with tough topics such as this. More sides to the story then any one person can truly see – hidden agendas and all that.

However the Colbert Report decided that they would used Dragon Age: Origins as an example of sexism and unfair treat of women in the video game industry. And that simple mistake is what grates my cheese and why I am offering my two cents now. BioWare has been leading the way in equality for a long time. Do the stories still have women in need of help? Yes. But they also have men in need of help. They have same sex relationships. Most importantly for over a decade they have been allowing Female Leads within their games. The woman saves the day. She pursues a romantic interest of her choice, if she so desires. The female is the main character (or can be since it is left to the gamer who to play).

Attack the games that exemplify sexism. Destroy games like Hatred and penalize those developers by ensuring their projects are not profitable – such games hurt the gaming community. I get the issue of equality and fairness within the gaming community. It astounds me when I talk with female gamers and they tell me the hostility and/or unwanted advances they face when playing MMO’s – from Call of Duty to BioWare’s Star Wars The Old Republic. That negative behavior is not a reflection of the game (well maybe in CoD’s case), rather a reflection of a community that has yet to grasp the concept of equal and fair treat of all human beings. But that is individuals – not everyone. And there are plenty of examples of good behavior as well.

I am all for the encouragement of fairness and a more balanced representation within video games and within the community itself. Since when does it matter what gender someone is playing a game? Games are about skill, they are about story, they are about winning and accomplishing tasks. Gender is a non-issue in these things. Or at least, they should be. Doesn’t matter if a female is the best or worse player on a team – they are a player. Gender has jack to do with it. Praise, reward, or criticize as the play warrants. Help everyone out – male or female – and seek to nurture a community that has respect, love, and fairness for all who play it. Are there going to be chumps and A-holes out there? Yep. Such is the world. Before we can change the world we must change ourselves. Then we can help change our community (online or offline), and then we can affect the world. One step at a time.

First you must represent your cause the way you want it to be seen. If you want to be treated fairly and equally – then you must be fair and equal. Blanket terms, general statements, and overall denial of good examples does not support help. It discourages those who would gladly stand with you. It creates this situation. Instead of speaking on the issue of sexism – I am here correcting the inappropriate behavior and erroneous examples of those that have spoken the loudest. In the end I find gamergate becoming an absurd thing. Why? Because those wanting to advocate change are not educated in the subject in which they are speaking. Instead they are blasting all games and all men. Because I am male and play video games, especially BioWare ones, I am now a sexist a-hole. A look I got last night was exactly that. Judged because the “facts” they knew had been skewed making it so I had to defend the culture that exists. Pointing out strong female leads and the sexism of men within video games. It was not the stance I was looking to take, but one-sided reporting has made it that way. Again – You want Fair and Equal, then be Fair and Equal. That is how you change the culture.

Gamergate and Fairness

I am a fan of the Colbert Report and Daily Show. Generally a good chuckle on the messed up things happening around the world. Last night Colbert did a segment on #Gamergate. A topic that has been going on for awhile. I have politely kept my nose out of it. I figured it a mixed bag with people cherry picking their arguments. As is usually the case with tough topics such as this.

However the Colbert Report decided that they would used Dragon Age: Origins as an example of sexism and unfair treat of women in the video game industry. And that simple mistake is what grates my cheese and why I am offering my two cents now. BioWare has been leading the way in equality for a long time. Do the stories still have women in need of help? Yes. But they also have men in need of help. They have same sex relationships. Most importantly for over a decade they have been allowing Female Leads within their games. The woman saves the day. She pursues a romantic interest of her choice, if she so desires. The female is the main character (or can be since it is left to the gamer who to play).

Attack the games that exemplify sexism. Destroy games like Hate and penalize those developers by ensuring their projects are not profitable – such games hurt the gaming community. I get equality and fairness within the gaming community. It astounds me when I talk with female gamers and they tell me the hostility and/or unwanted advances they face when playing MMO’s – from Call of Duty to BioWare’s Star Wars The Old Republic. That negative behavior is not a reflection of the game (well maybe in CoD’s case), rather a reflection of a community that has yet to grasp the concept of equal and fair treat of all human beings.

I am all for the encouragement of fairness and a more balanced representation within video games and within the community itself. Since when does it matter what gender someone is playing a game? Games are about skill, they are about story, they are about winning and accomplishing tasks. Gender is a non-issue in these things. Or at least, they should be. Doesn’t matter if a female is the best or worse player on a team – they are a player. Gender has jack to do with it. Praise, reward, or criticize as the play warrants. Help everyone out – male or female – and seek to nurture a community that has respect, love, and fairness for all who play it. Are there going to be chumps and A-holes out there? Yep. Such is the world. Before we can change the world we must change ourselves. Then we can help change our community (online or offline), and then we can affect the world. One step at a time.

First you must represent your cause the way you want it to be seen. If you want to be treated fairly and equally – then you must be fair and equal. Blanket terms, general statements, and overall denial of good examples does not support help. It discourages those who would gladly stand with you. It creates this situation. Instead of speaking on the issue of sexism – I am here correcting the inappropriate behavior of those that have spoken the loudest. In the end I find gamergate becoming an absurd thing. Why? Because those wanting to advocate change are not educated int he subject in which they are speaking. Instead they are blasting all games and all men. Because I am male and play video games, especially BioWare ones, I am now a sexist a-hole. A look I got last night was exactly that. Judged because the “facts” they knew had been skewed making it so I had to defend the culture that exists. Pointing out strong female leads and the sexism of men within video games.It was not the stance i was looking to take, but one-sided reporting has made it that way. Again – You want Fair and Equal, then be Fair and Equal. That is how you change the culture.

Gamergate and Fairness was originally published on 365 Jedi

Gamergate and Fairness

I am a fan of the Colbert Report and Daily Show. Generally a good chuckle on the messed up things happening around the world. Last night Colbert did a segment on #Gamergate. A topic that has been going on for awhile. I have politely kept my nose out of it. I figured it a mixed bag with people cherry picking their arguments. As is usually the case with tough topics such as this.

However the Colbert Report decided that they would used Dragon Age: Origins as an example of sexism and unfair treat of women in the video game industry. And that simple mistake is what grates my cheese and why I am offering my two cents now. BioWare has been leading the way in equality for a long time. Do the stories still have women in need of help? Yes. But they also have men in need of help. They have same sex relationships. Most importantly for over a decade they have been allowing Female Leads within their games. The woman saves the day. She pursues a romantic interest of her choice, if she so desires. The female is the main character (or can be since it is left to the gamer who to play).

Attack the games that exemplify sexism. Destroy games like Hate and penalize those developers by ensuring their projects are not profitable – such games hurt the gaming community. I get equality and fairness within the gaming community. It astounds me when I talk with female gamers and they tell me the hostility and/or unwanted advances they face when playing MMO’s – from Call of Duty to BioWare’s Star Wars The Old Republic. That negative behavior is not a reflection of the game (well maybe in CoD’s case), rather a reflection of a community that has yet to grasp the concept of equal and fair treat of all human beings.

I am all for the encouragement of fairness and a more balanced representation within video games and within the community itself. Since when does it matter what gender someone is playing a game? Games are about skill, they are about story, they are about winning and accomplishing tasks. Gender is a non-issue in these things. Or at least, they should be. Doesn’t matter if a female is the best or worse player on a team – they are a player. Gender has jack to do with it. Praise, reward, or criticize as the play warrants. Help everyone out – male or female – and seek to nurture a community that has respect, love, and fairness for all who play it. Are there going to be chumps and A-holes out there? Yep. Such is the world. Before we can change the world we must change ourselves. Then we can help change our community (online or offline), and then we can affect the world. One step at a time.

First you must represent your cause the way you want it to be seen. If you want to be treated fairly and equally – then you must be fair and equal. Blanket terms, general statements, and overall denial of good examples does not support help. It discourages those who would gladly stand with you. It creates this situation. Instead of speaking on the issue of sexism – I am here correcting the inappropriate behavior of those that have spoken the loudest. In the end I find gamergate becoming an absurd thing. Why? Because those wanting to advocate change are not educated int he subject in which they are speaking. Instead they are blasting all games and all men. Because I am male and play video games, especially BioWare ones, I am now a sexist a-hole. A look I got last night was exactly that. Judged because the “facts” they knew had been skewed making it so I had to defend the culture that exists. Pointing out strong female leads and the sexism of men within video games.It was not the stance i was looking to take, but one-sided reporting has made it that way. Again – You want Fair and Equal, then be Fair and Equal. That is how you change the culture.