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Op Ed

Ars Technica - In gaming, everything is amazing, but no one is happy. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
I once made a joke on Twitter that if you only paid attention to the comments on gaming news stories, you would think every pre-order has been cancelled, every game is a rip-off, and every major publisher is being boycotted by everyone. When a publisher makes a little bit of money, that's it for them; it's selfish to continue to turn a profit. If a company does anything to try to stem the flow of piracy, they are screamed at by people who will allow no form of DRM, not even Steam, to touch their systems. And legions of people seem to scour news stories for any excuse to justify their piracy.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Actually, It’s Okay To Complain.
The flipside is, well, it could always be better. If people didn’t strive for better then we wouldn’t have all that amazing stuff in the first place. And the first step in striving for better is often the complaint. “This isn’t good enough. Something has to change.” And that is why gamers complain: they are smart, imaginative people, who can quite easily imagine how things could be better. Whether those imaginings are right (or even feasible) is another matter, but no one should say that they are unacceptable.

VG247 - Dead Island’s “Feminist Whore”- The Tip of the Iceberg. Thanks Draugr.
So throw me a bone here and accept that it is problematic, because we’re already moving on. What makes the appearance of this term in a mainstream game like Dead Island so troubling – even when it was never meant to be seen by the public, even when we very generously assume it was some sort of very poor taste joke – is that it is indicative of a much broader, consequential issue plaguing the entire games industry, to whit: sexism.

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31. Re: Op Ed Sep 11, 2011, 14:52 Slashman
 
Yifes wrote on Sep 11, 2011, 14:22:
His point is that sexualization of male characters is about gender identity, creating the ideal macho superman, whereas the sexualization of female characters is deliberately meant to be provocative and sexually arousing. These are two very different kinds of sexualization, in a medium that's primary designed by men, for men. Unless you're insisting that there's some pervasive underlying homoeroticism targeting young boys in the videogame industry.

His point doesn't mean much because men, in general, are much more attracted to the revealed physical attributes of a woman than is the reverse.

You don't have to undress(or partially undress) a man to generate the same sense of sexual arousal in a woman. There is a lot more complexity to how they perceive attractiveness in men.

What it comes down to is that flaunting T&A is much more likely to generate interest in a given product with males, than it would if you used identical strategies to try to get females to buy into the same product. i.e. flashing man-butt and huge muscles won't necessarily draw in huge crowds of women(though I have no doubt that some women would appreciate it).
 
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