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#1 Posted by Cruxador (3 posts) -

@YOU_DIED: The word has been misappropriated for a long time. It's frequently applied to anyone who says anything negative about women. Remember the Felicia Day / Ryan Perez shitstorm?

Saying similar things about men is totally ignored, perhaps in part because it doesn't have a convenient term for easy vilification. Consider the fallout from Patrick of this very site's disrespectful behavior towards Nolan North, for example - almost nothing happened.

@Oldirtybearon: Certainly. A lot of it is simple trashtalk that strikes the easiest target. Of course, one could argue that gender being a target in the first place is problematic...

That's a good point. These women shouldn't take the blame, or at least not most of it. It's the companies at fault here. Also Mass Effect 3 did quite poorly considering it was the conclusion to a popular series, although I'm sure we can't attribute quite all of that to Chobot's presence.

I don't think very many teenage boys bought Mass Effect 3 because a poorly rendered version of Chobot was included either. I was a teenage boy myself not that along ago, and I can assure you there are plenty of places where you can find images of women a good bit more attractive than her, and keep your $60.

#2 Posted by Cruxador (3 posts) -

It's really just because of the stereotypical "Grrl Gamer" figure, who doesn't know much about games but plays them for attention from guys, or the woman who uses her sexuality rather than actual competence to get a job or to market a game. The fact of the matter is there are women like that - and there have been high profile cases of game developers using attractive women to try to sell their game. Note Jessica Chobot's inclusion in Mass Effect 3, for example. Or the case of Jade Raymond, where there's no reason to suspect that she's not totally competent at her job - but when the first Assassin's Creed was released, she was a producer, one of several and not the lead or executive producer. There's no discernible reason that she was made the face of the game besides her appearance.

And there's cases of misogyny essentially being "baited" as with Jennifer Hepler's comment that critics of her writing were simply "Jealous" that she had "an industry job and a vagina". That's hardly the usual situation, but I fear that high profile cases like that can both make misogyny appear to exist to a greater extent than it truly does, and exacerbate the misogyny that legitimately does exist. I also feel that there's a tendency of feminists or people who want to milk feminism for financial gain to take a few of these comments (and let's face it, if there's one thing the internet has taught us, it's that hateful idiots can never entirely be eradicated) and construe them as far more representative than they truly are. And to some extent, this media attention adds to the discrimination, since portraying something as common also portrays it as normal, and therefore acceptable.

#3 Posted by Cruxador (3 posts) -

Gaming journalism in general is collapsing. I'd give it another year or two, though. Right now, there's plenty of people concerned about bought-and-paid-for reviews and just poor journalistic integrity and quality in general, but there's also a lot of people (such as most everyone on these forums) who still follows it. Big sites like GameSpot are just the first to go.