About all the article was able to tell me was that the author is sexist. She says she is able to empathise with the victim of the (staged) rape because she is a woman. By implication, does that mean all the other cruelty that have happened over the course of the games had less of an impact because the victims were males? Or just because they weren't victims of rape? Had there been victims of male rape in these games, would the fact that the author identifies as a woman have interfered with her ability to empathise? If not, why mention it at all?
I imagine torture victims, people who've endured savage beatings or those who have lost family to gun crime have a tough time playing Hotline Miami also. If I had ever been violently assaulted with a weapon and left lying in my own piss and vomit - acts depicted in the original game which apparently didn't shake Cara Ellison from her "safe space ... where I am a powerful thug who isn’t accountable to anyone" - then I would likely come away feeling disturbed and exploited by Hotline Miami. If, however, I came away saying that 'as a male, statistically twice as likely as a woman to be killed and almost twice as likely to be a victim of violence, I feel disturbed and manipulated by this game', then I would be barking up the wrong tree as Ellison is here.