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Posted by manbot47

i played up til the last 10 seconds of Arkham City and i can't understand what she wants revenge for

Posted by BisonHero

You guys need to stop being so proud of yourselves when you can tell Alex wrote the article/video headline just by the way it's written. It's super fucking obvious. Don't act like you're Sherlock fucking Holmes for figuring it out.

Posted by Slaneesh

*Puts in cigar and sunglasses on. Rockmusic starts playing*

Life´s a Bitch and then you die. Oh Yeah!

Posted by 1337W422102

BATMAN BATMAN BATMAN

Posted by DanteFaustEsq

Finally, the untold story of Harley Quinn being transported back in time, losing her memories and becoming Tira from Soul Calibur. Cause you know at this point I can't even tell the two apart.

Posted by The_Nubster

Are there dudes to punch in this DLC? Yes? I'm in.

Posted by buft

@Abendlaender said:

Wow, people are really bitching about this? The internet never ceases to amaze me

AAAArgh he included "bitch" in his sentence, abandon the planet, all chivalry is dead.

joking aside, i agree plus "paybacks a bitch" is a fairly well known saying.

Posted by Moonshadow101

Okay, so, I'm more concerned with the blaring, droning sound that accompanied the words. That sound has been becoming more and more prominent lately. It's not quite the Inception sound, it's more metallic, but ever since I became accustomed to hearing it in ME3 as the "Reaper-Noise," I've been hearing it fuckin' EVERYWHERE. The god-damn reapers are invading every video game everywhere.

Posted by IamAwesome

What a vengeful bitch.

Edited by cexantus

@zggurat: Intelligence? In MAH GIANTBOMB??

It's less likely than you think.

While I'm not frothing at the mouth over the usage of "bitch," and I was certainly one of the many who used the argument of "context" during Arkham City's controversy, I can kind of understand where certain people are coming from. Considering that the word "Bitch's" origins come from a comparison of a female dog in heat, it's easy to see why people find that saying sort of demeaning--especially since the ad kind of supports that Harley Quinn is a sexual object (see: male gaze).

Either way, "Payback's a bitch" is a pretty shitty line regardless of its perceived sexism.

Posted by paulunga

Hmm, I'm wondering if hentai-foundry has anything on her redesign yet.

Oh yeah, DLC. Great. *yawn*

Posted by cexantus

@JohnDudebro: They probably won't though.

My problem with the word isn't even the negative connotations associated with "bitch;" it's that, at this point, it's such an overused cliche at this point that it's more groan worthy than actually offensive.

Posted by Cloudenvy

I'm not exactly offended, but I do think that line is incredibly stupid.

Posted by paulwade1984

@Saganomics said:

@paulwade1984 said:

@Grixxel said:

@paulwade1984 said:

Arkham city bored me to tears and I'm sure this'll do the same. So I'll pass.

It's okay, some people are bound to have shitty tastes in game. Thanks for letting us know.

Any reason why you are being an asshole? Internet anonymity make you feel big? You look like a 12 yr old with a small penis.

To be fair you did seemingly roll up in here for no other reason than to let people know that you didn't like Arkham City.

Well there is a comment feature on this website and I thought I would use it.

I wasn't aware I had to blindly heap the game with praise in order for my opinion to be valid and avoid being trolled by an asshole or two.

Posted by Abendlaender

Wow, people are really bitching about this? The internet never ceases to amaze me

Posted by dropabombonit

Read a preview on IGN about this DLC and the story set up sounds awesome

Posted by 2HeadedNinja

so, consoles only? Or am I reading that wrong?

Posted by Glottery

I wish they would've just (or hope that they will do so in the near/distant future) given Two-Face some more time to shine in the main game, or at least in a DLC. Was so dissapointed with how little he did in AC. But I guess Harley's an alright option as well...

Posted by BossMammon

This trailer sounds like a Reaper invasion.

Posted by Saganomics

@paulwade1984 said:

@Grixxel said:

@paulwade1984 said:

Arkham city bored me to tears and I'm sure this'll do the same. So I'll pass.

It's okay, some people are bound to have shitty tastes in game. Thanks for letting us know.

Any reason why you are being an asshole? Internet anonymity make you feel big? You look like a 12 yr old with a small penis.

To be fair you did seemingly roll up in here for no other reason than to let people know that you didn't like Arkham City.

Posted by paulwade1984

@Grixxel said:

@paulwade1984 said:

Arkham city bored me to tears and I'm sure this'll do the same. So I'll pass.

It's okay, some people are bound to have shitty tastes in game. Thanks for letting us know.

Any reason why you are being an asshole? Internet anonymity make you feel big? You look like a 12 yr old with a small penis.

Posted by huser

I don't see Harley as particularly neurotic. Two-Face? Riddler? Sure. Seems kinda weird.

Edited by dvorak

I'm pretty sure a homicidal maniac can be called a bitch with impunity. If we were speaking about Two-Face for example, a fucking honest to god serial killer, you could call him anything in the book with no one raising an eyebrow.

Posted by mpgeist

Mommy, the internet said a bad word!

Posted by BlazeHedgehog

Really, really don't like what they've done to Harley Quinn in these games.

Posted by csl316

I always liked Harley, even back in the TAS days. Gonna be interesting seeing her in this situation.

Though I believe the New 52 has her dealing with a missing Joker already. Curious if they'll take anything from that.

Posted by Grixxel

@paulwade1984 said:

Arkham city bored me to tears and I'm sure this'll do the same. So I'll pass.

It's okay, some people are bound to have shitty tastes in game. Thanks for letting us know.

Edited by NMC2008

What in the blue fuck am I reading in here? You can't be serious? This can't be real........... is this for real? REALLY?!! People find something else to be offended about, seems like everyday someone is offended on the internet, goddamn.

Also, Harley Quinn is a crazy bitch, get over it!!!

Posted by MrCandleguy

@l3illyl3ob said:

"Payback's a bitch" and payback right now is in the form of Harley Quinn. It's not rocket science, guys. This is pretty damn offensive. It's no longer thugs overusing the word, but rocksteady themselves just straight up saying Harley Quinn is a bitch in their promotional material.

You bitching about this as 'offensive' makes you a huge bitch. This trailer isn't calling YOU or your mother a bitch. So get over it, god damn everyone is made out of glass now. Say one thing bad which is not about them and they cry about it, fucking pathetic.

Posted by CJduke

Really glad they are adding on story dlc, I can't wait to play it. And to all the people calling out sexism and the use of the word bitch, get over it. This game is not for little children, ESRB gave it a T, PEGI gave it a 16. There are plenty of other movies, games and books people can get their hands on that are way worse. The saying "payback is a bitch" is a classic phrase and I think it was used well in this trailer. People need to stop trying to lead some crusade against swear words. If someone is actually being maliciously attacked with offensive language its one thing, to be slightly referencing that a made up video game character, that is a villain, is a bitch, is completely different. Not to mention using the term bitch can in some ways be like calling a woman a badass, (a bad bitch) it doesn't have to be negative.

Posted by UltimAXE

I guess I missed something. When did "bitch" become a word on par with things like the n-bomb, or is this just the typical "nerds white knighting women on the internet for no good reason" scenario? Moreover, if you can't call Harley Quinn a bitch, then what in blazes qualifies the use of the word?

Posted by Xeirus

@Otzlowe said:

You people complain about the staff way too much. Why do you even come here?

I wonder that all the time, but then I remember, people are morons.

Edited by Otzlowe

You people complain about the staff way too much. Why do you even come here?

Also, I've never met a single woman who is offended by being called a bitch, beyond the fact that they were just insulted. I'm not sure why this is a problem now.

Edited by MrKlorox

America, where you can't call a particular individual a name if that name has been used on someone or something else before. Because context doesn't exist in this universe at all. 
 
What a bunch of squares. Oh shit, I just offended every para- and quadriplegic alive, which was clearly my intent. Get the fuck out.

Posted by Curufinwe

@baconbringer said:

@l3illyl3ob: But why is that offensive? I don't think they are trying to say females are bitches, just her specifically. And if you can't call a villain of a comic book universe a bitch then what the fuck CAN you do?

I think Vinny knows a word they could use instead.

Posted by Curufinwe

@Gerhabio said:

I don't know if I'd call Harley Quinn a bitch. She's annoying sure, but pretty harmless in comparison with other Batman villains. At least in the game.

She's kinda funny, even. Now, the Riddler, that guy's a bitch.

So fucking true. I spent the hours to get all the Riddler trophies mainly because I wanted to finally catch up to that guy and knock him off his high horse.

Posted by Toms115

batman's gonna beat the shit out of her. he don't give a fuck.

Posted by AngelN7

Ohhh you said the B-word Alex prepare to face Giantbomb PC army!

Posted by 49th

Im so exited!l.qhwiksjdklgjdklfjdklfgjkldfjg

Edited by MeatSim

A false promise of revenge most likely.

Posted by zggurat

@Deusoma said:

@zggurat said:

The problem isn't the trailer alone. The problem is that the trailer exists in the context of the accusations of sexism against the original game.

One post of many about this is here: http://filmcrithulk.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/goddammit-video-games-the-first-few-hours-of-arkham-city-is-lots-of-fun-but-super-duper-sexist/

The same writer does a follow-up on that article later, thoroughly taking down eighteen or so arguments against his perspective.

To be fair, that's not a good accusation of sexism. The author seems to be under the impression that the word "bitch" can only exist as a deliberate means of demeaning women, as opposed to, say, just another insult that gets mindlessly flung from the lips of a group of violent, low-minded thugs. Apart from Catwoman's questionable outfit, I didn't notice anything about Arkham City that was all that sexist.

The problem goes deeper than just a few references and the questionable outfit though. The simple use of the word "bitch" doesn't damn someone or a work as sexist, it can be good or bad or character building or whatever in the right context, but the context Arkham City creates for the use goes pretty badly overboard. I played the game when it was released, so it's been a while, but I can recall lines referring to Catwoman (which were the worst, since they get repeated all the time if you play as her), Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and even a random line about Vicki Vale I encountered while swinging around. I'm sure Talia also got one. Maybe Oracle never got called a bitch. And while the lines came overwhelmingly from villainous characters, there was one line from a cop, and now we have a line straight up out of the advertising material, leading to Alex's exasperation above.

At the very least, it's mind-numbingly lazy writing.

There's no way they never read about this controversy, so this ad is either an oversight from people who didn't care sufficiently enough to avoid the problem or an intentional reference from people who disagreed that this was problematic.

The arguments surrounding this go much farther than I've mentioned above, and I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys going down admittedly silly internet argument rabbit holes (oh no, a video game has some sexism in it, let's all be surprised,) to read that article I linked and its follow-up.

Posted by ZeroCast

That's not Harley Quinn. That's Harley Quinn after drinking some of Joker's blood.

Posted by theveej

Seriously people are offended by "payback's a bitch" line? Is this how sensitive people have gotten? a) it's just a phrase b) Harley is pretty big bitch all things considered c)it's rated T game, under the guidelines of ESRB they can utilize the word bitch in the video game. There are so many bigger issues in the world right now that focusing on such a mundane thing is utterly ridiculous. Internet, get outraged about the human massacre taking place in Syria, the gay marriage issue in the U.S, the potential collapse of EU; not the utilization of the world "bitch" in rated T game, where the character is by all means a definition of a bitch.

Sure do I think that Batman AC went a bit overboard with thugs calling catwoman a bitch left, right and centre? YES. Do I think it was overly offensive? NO.

Also MORE BATMAN HELL YEAH!!!!!!!

Posted by Nightfang

@Linkster7 said:

I'm sorry but someone has to.

I've got 99 problems but being offended by game trailers using the word bitch ain't one

High Five, Sir!

Posted by Equal_Opportunity_Destroyer497

Can't wait for this. More challenge rooms is not at all what I wanted for DLC, so hooray for narrative. Bitch.

Posted by AMonkey

You know gamers have too much time on their hands, when they complain about calling an evil character, a bitch.

Posted by Gerhabio

I don't know if I'd call Harley Quinn a bitch. She's annoying sure, but pretty harmless in comparison with other Batman villains. At least in the game.

She's kinda funny, even. Now, the Riddler, that guy's a bitch.

Posted by Deusoma
@zggurat said:

The problem isn't the trailer alone. The problem is that the trailer exists in the context of the accusations of sexism against the original game.

One post of many about this is here: http://filmcrithulk.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/goddammit-video-games-the-first-few-hours-of-arkham-city-is-lots-of-fun-but-super-duper-sexist/

The same writer does a follow-up on that article later, thoroughly taking down eighteen or so arguments against his perspective.

To be fair, that's not a good accusation of sexism. The author seems to be under the impression that the word "bitch" can only exist as a deliberate means of demeaning women, as opposed to, say, just another insult that gets mindlessly flung from the lips of a group of violent, low-minded thugs. Apart from Catwoman's questionable outfit, I didn't notice anything about Arkham City that was all that sexist.
Edited by I_smell

I love Harley Quinn.

Not even a Batman fan. I think I'm on team Joker.

Posted by zggurat
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