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What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.

Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.

And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.

How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.

Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.

This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.

Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.

They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility.

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BioWare EA Writer David Gaider speaking on sexism and sexuality in video games. (via lolitsgabe)

also known as “Why I Love And Support BioWare Games”

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Bioware ain’t perfect, but good gosh it does give me the warm fuzzies when one of their crew knocks it out of the park.

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"We’re adults, but, like…adult cats. Someone should probably take care of us, but we can sort of make it on our own."

my roommate, on the question “are we adults” (via hawkatte)

Again.

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MEET THE BLOGGER: TAKE TWO

I am on holiday with a ridiculous amount of free time on my hands, so I have decided to update my super, super outdated ‘About Me’ post. FOR SCIENCE. (Everything is always for science).

Hi. I’m Bloo. 18, British and soon-to-be Computer Science student. Above is a picture of my face for referencing purposes. I currently live in Switzerland (which is as organised as people say but there are less cuckoo clocks than I was led to believe) but am moving back to the UK for university (and also to procure Proper Tea which is INTOLERABLY ABSENT in Swiss supermarkets).

We will probably get on very well if you are interested in any of the following: intersectional feminism, women in STEM, maths, Doc Martens, sarcasm, pugs, Harry Potter, artificial intelligence, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and chocolate (disclaimer: not an exhaustive list). I am fannish in the sense that I enjoy fannish things and love love LOVE meta about the stuff I watch and consume, but I am not currently in any fandom. Past fandoms have included: The Social Network, Inception, LBD and MCU.

This blog is a mixture of cute things, shiny things, social justice & feminism and whatever else I find interesting. I don’t do many personal posts (this one is an exception) but I do ramble in the tags, so that’s probably the best place to look for more insight if you feel the need.

Happy blogging! :)

jaclcfrost:

"why are you awake at three in the morning" asks the person who is also awake at three in the morning

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vixyish:

wolverxne:

Freddy The Fox by: [Rob Lee]

Photographers note: "This brave fox wandered up on our porch. He's half cat, half dog, and all cute. When the fox first came for a visit we instantly named it "Freddy the Fox." But after we got to know it we found out Freddy is actually Frederica."

BABYYYYYY

(You can still call Frederica “Freddy”!)

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smalldisgruntledcorgi:

honestly if you dont think like, the tumblr feminist scene, with all the occasionally cheesy kawaii-aesthetic misandry art, hasn’t had an impact on anyone at all like

you dont remember what the average teen girl in a fandom was like before this. you don’t remember how…

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moarrrmagazine:

Object élevé (installation) by Mieke Meijer

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"Being a woman is kind of like being a cyclist in a city where all the cars represent men. You’re supposed to be able to share the road equally with cars, but that’s not how it works. The roads are built for cars and you spend a great deal of physical and mental energy being defensive and trying not to get hurt. Some of the cars WANT you to get hurt. They think you don’t have any place on the road at all. And if you do get hurt by a car, everyone makes excuses that it’s your fault."

A friend of a friend (via onesmallflowerofeternity)

Pretty good.

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moosekleenex:

Maxi dresses.

I strongly identify with this…

gethzorpazorp:

moosekleenex:

Maxi dresses.

I strongly identify with this…

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