I love this article, Patrick, but one part really troubled me: "I do not consider myself a feminist or particularly aligned with the feminist movement." Meriam-Webster defnines "feminism" this way: 1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. EQUALITY. That is what the larger discussion on gender rights is missing. The conservative right (and men in general) have managed to spin feminists into a group of ball-busting estrogen junkies who believe that their sex is far superior to males, the end-all-be-all of the human race. THAT IS NOT THE CASE. So despite your fantastic article, I think this one small part almost derails it completely. It is completely endemic to the larger problem at hand. You ARE a feminist, Patrick, if you believe women are and should be treated equal to men. Other fellow male users on GB are probably feminists, too, but just unsure or afraid to label themselves as such. You don't have to have a Master's Degree from a liberal college. You don't have you be a lesbian. You don't even have to be a woman. Let's all be feminists, duders.
Besides, how can one moment encompass everything from "every rational human being" to the S.C.U.M manifesto. Gender equality is a much better term.
That's not what that definition says, at all. Here, I'll quote it: "the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes".
"On the ground of" means its fundamental basis is the equality of the sexes. That's the foundation, the most important part. Since, in the ridiculously overwhelming majority of cases, it is women who are the disadvantaged, their rights need advocacy.
Since I built a proper gaming PC last year, (it's not as expensive, nor anything like as difficult, as you think. Everyone should try it. Even you. Yes, you.) the release of new consoles, which used to get me excited, is completely irrelevant. As far as power goes, I'm already two generations ahead of whatever the NEXT xbox or Playstation can do. I also have a far larger variety of games, and they all look better. Sure, there's always one or two games exclusive to the console I'd like to play (ZombieU in this case), but weigh that against the dozens or hundreds of games only a PC gamer has access to. Hell, there are entire genres of games that are exclusive to PCs.
In other words, what's a console, and why do people still care?
And yet, more people still buy more consoles and games on consoles than they buy PC games. Gee, I wonder why?
It's easy to make bald assertions, but can you back them up with data? The majority of PC game sales are direct download, and none of those are reported in overall gaming sales figures (like, say, NPD). Consumer reporting still hasn't caught up with the times. Hell, just look at Steam. They doubled in sales last year. And each of the six years before that. http://www.joystiq.com/2012/01/06/steam-sales-increase-100-percent-for-the-seventh-straight-year/
In other words, don't just say things because you feel like they're true.