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Op Ed

NYTimes.com - Game Theory- Making Room for the Women.
Unfortunately this rise in so-called casual play has upset some of those who see themselves as guardians of the true flame. There’s been a definite backlash against the idea that women are entering the hallowed citadel, dropping in a few scatter cushions and ending all the fun. Particular ire is reserved for anyone who dares to point out that female characters in games are often unsupported in the bra region for no apparent reason; given boring, bland supporting roles; and totally absent.

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22. Re: Op Ed Dec 26, 2012, 19:09 Draugr
 
Kobalt wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 16:42:
Draugr wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 14:50:
For example, in fantasy settings racism or xenophobia is an often explored subject. I would say DA2, had it not been a total clusterfuck, would have fallen into this Category. Skyrim goes into this as well. Obviously we'd be foolish to leave out the Witcher 2. I think the first bioshock should also be on this list, though I would certainly put any themes it has into the 'clumsy' category.

Racism is probably one of the worst things done in video games. Sure you might have the odd fantasy game have something about racism is bad it is 100% nullified by the fact that..in these game there are races that are bad stereotypes. Blood thirsty savages that can never be smart as the hero. A cowardly gold hoarding race. Sound familiar to anyone? They are in most fantasy games. Perfectly ok in the video game world.


Well yes, it's not always explored in a meaningful way, or at all. But some try and succeed. Video games still suffer from bad writing as a general rule.
I agree, I *think* it's fair to say that some of the traditional fantasy tropes may have been influenced by racism. Though obviously there are those that would disagree just as there are those that would disagree with the current subject of discussion even being a real issue.

I for one think racism as a theme in the Witcher is handled very well, but as I said it's more the exception.
 
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