Agreed, most people aren't, but there are some who do want to ban games with "sexist content" (?). That's the issue I have. For these people in particular they hide behind "it's criticism!" like it's some bulwark of flame retardant +5. A reasonable adult finds something they don't like and says "well that's shitty" and moves about their day. They leave a comment on a message board or on twitter and they quickly move on to something else.
Please link me to some of these people that want to ban games. Please. Further link me to the definition of censorship that states critics voicing their displeasure is a form of it.
Ban games? No, but more than ever I'm now convinced this is often an issue of censorship, and people trying to impose their personal values on everyone else.
"No one is coming for your video games! This isn't at all about censorship, or controlling game developers, and no one is trying to bully or shame anyone into doing anything. This is just about variety and diversity, and it's just a simple request that game developers think more about these issues when they're making their games. That's all. This isn't a zero-sum game, and there's room enough for all types of games, and all types of characters. There's nothing wrong with male protagonists, and we're not suggesting anything of the sort."
I've heard this for a while.
Then new Assassin's Creed game was announced to feature a male protagonist and three male co-op characters, and the same voices who claimed the above turned around and scolded Ubisoft like they were a dog who just made a mess on their new living room rug. Actually, I think they would have been a lot more respectful to the dog.
And don't even get me started on the Far Cry 4 promo art reveal.
While I do support the argument above, I think that it's frequently not the truth for those who claim otherwise.
You're looking at AC from a super narrow perspective. The issue wasn't just that there wasn't a female co-op character. The issue was in the past Ubisoft has been good about including at least one in that scenario. They also compounded the issue by claiming it would take double the time to include one even with ex-Ubi employees saying that simply isn't the case and the majority of animation is shared between the male and female characters in AC. Nobody who complained called for banning the game. Given all of that, do you think the response was more reasonable or does it not matter?