One of the best 'criticisms' or counterpoints on the Damsels in Distress episode was KiteTales take on it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJihi5rB_Ek
Explores the fact that a lot of Anita's criticism of the characters ignored big characterizations about the 'damsels' and their strength as characters or their importance to the universes the games take place in.
I didn't just mean Leigh's piece, but the onslaught of pieces that are pushing the narrative that 'Gamer' is this bombed out piece of land that is no longer suitable to live on.
That's silliness, and in all honesty, I felt that the attention they put on the term made it far more specific than myself, or any of the hundreds of gamers I personally know from years of hardcore gaming, have ever considered it. I don't know anyone who has ever seen gaming as some boys club. I feel like the lack of female gamers over the years had a lot more to do with social stigmas against gaming and nerd culture than it had to do with gamers being exclusive or elitist.
My beef comes up when I feel like their push for inclusion actually reinforces a lot of those negative stigmas that had been incorrectly placed on this hobby or this community.
Gaming is no more connected to abuse of women than it is connected to real life violence, and as far as I'm concerned, implying that it is is just as silly as implying that playing GTA or Doom is going to make you a psychopathic murderer.
It gives us no credit as people, who can tell the difference. Video game violence to me is as cartoony and silly as Bugs Bunny shooting Daffy Duck in the face point blank with buck shot. It doesn't matter how real the graphics are, because I have the ability to discern between reality and fantasy.
People that do not have the ability to discern between the two did not develop that problem as a symptom of gaming, they are mentally imbalanced or ill, and they would extrapolate the same twisted message from a yoyo as they will from a video game.
As far as Leigh is concerned, I'm far more concerned with her ego than anything specific or recent. Her comments threatening to destroy others careers because she doesn't like their opinions, that kind of thing being slung around in public wouldn't fly in any industry I have ever worked in. If someone at my job was standing in the hall shouting "I WILL DESTROY YOUR DREAMS" at someone they would be written up or immediately fired. Since she has been elevated to some untouchable level, it's completely acceptable for her to talk and act like the same bullies she and her peers work so hard to condemn.
As far as this idea that gamers are sheltered people that soil themselves, well, that's what a number of prominent people in our industry have been repeating over and over again on Twitter for a month now, so, I don't think her message was all that effective.
If you really believe that the people criticizing them are jackasses, you really shouldn't be so quick to celebrate these people you respect dropping down to that level, because they absolutely have and it has been nothing short of pathetic.
I've lost a ton of respect for people I have followed for years. It doesn't matter how stupid things get, sometimes, someone has the be the adult, and that concept passed by the journalists and some of their closest developer pals weeks ago.
Edit: One more thought I wanted to add. I understand that gaming in general has a hostility. I've been in servers or lobbies when people figure out a girl is around and they start teasing or talking shit or making lewd comments. I've seen men say awful things to women as well. I've also seen horrific things said to other men. I've had horrible things said to me. When I was a somewhat public figure in the eSports community a few years back, a lot of my articles were met with vicious insults about me as a person that had absolutely no criticism of the article or statement... but there is a dishonesty in pretending that this is some symptom of gaming, because it's really a symptom of the INTERNET.
I'm on a lot of different communities and forums for a number of different subjects, from various game genres to music to culture to just about anything, and all of them go through the exact same realization that everyone is extremely toxic.
The only thing any of these places really share in common is that they are on the Internet. People take anonymity, even the illusion of it, to say the most obscene thing that comes to mind, and more often than not, they're going to reach for a low hanging fruit that makes them seem like something very specific, but what they really are is a button pusher. They find the easiest thing to criticize you on, the quickest path to a below the belt shot, and they go for it. You can't always boil it down to some neat little label like racist, or misogynist, or ageist or weightist, because they're really just one specific thing. An A-hole.This comment was edited on Oct 2, 2014, 19:37.