So as you probably all know, the “gaming community” is at its own throat again over the issue of sexism. There are those that see the forces of equality as a threat to their hobby, and those that see machismo as an enemy to be eradicated. That’s a gross oversimplification of course, but in an issue as polarizing as sexism in gaming, there’s no room for the middle ground. It no longer matters who did what in response to who, both sides are behaving abominably.
The sexist assholes are more sexist asshole-y and the social justice warriors are taking a firm “you’re either with us or against us” stance. Harassment on both sides is awful. Police have become involved. But you know what the funny thing is?
None of that matters to the issue in debate.
No I’m serious, at the end of the day (as awful as it is) it’s just one side of the fandom warring with the other half. It has almost no bearing on the direction video games are going. Those decisions were made behind closed doors and you were not invited in. Those meetings where the direction video games were going to go was decided before Anita Sarkessian was a blip on the radar. And I’m going to tell you something: If you want more representation of woman in games, you are going to get your way.
In fact you’re already winning. You may have been too far up your own asses to notice, but the prevalence of female narrative in video games has exploded. Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Walking Dead Season 2, Mirror’s Edge, The Last of Us, and Remember Me are just the one that come to mind. Need I go on?
Argue all you want about how good the representation of women is in each of those, you would have to be a myopic ass spelunker not to see that the wind has shifted and will continue to shift. What I’m saying to those of you who consider yourself Social Justice Warriors: stop with the firm “you’re either with us or against us” crap. It’s not changing the way video games are made, in fact your angry ratings are not the harbingers of change. The studios decided, quite outside of your noise, to go in the more female inclusive route.
How do I know this? Because more woman now play video games, and every studio wants to be the first to carve out the biggest piece of that juicy new market. THAT’S why things are changing, the power of purchasing.
And yeah, I’m picking on the SJW side. The side whose motives I generally agree with, but whose tactics I absolutely abhor. Because as a male on your side, I get attacked by you way more than I do the sexist fuckheads on the other side. They are not asking me to choose a side, you are.
Does that seem unfair to ask you to both be good in your intentions and your actions? Well too bad, because guess what? The path of good is harder.
Every day I support a side that constantly interrogates me, questions if I am sufficiently loyal, and will not give me the benefit of the doubt because my gender matches that of the enemy. And yet I continue to believe in equality despite all the crap you people dish out.
I keep going because I really do think equality will create a better world. I would never put up with your bullshit otherwise.