So, after the recent shootings in Isla Vista, there was some attempt to blame video games, as there always is after a massacre, though this one the focus quickly shifted to other targets.
One of the articles I read after the incident was "Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds". The quick summary is that in our medium, as in television and movies, there is a certain expectation that the hero will get the girl, that by going on a quest, we'll save the world and get the princess. And that the exposure to this pattern implants the idea in the back of our head that we deserve a woman.
Having listened to Stefan Molyneux's "The Truth About Elliot Rodger" podcast, and done a bit of reading on the side, I can understand why there is a claim that toxic misogyny and entitlement were what led to this shooting.
The result of that was my conclusion that "Watching another enjoy something you want is not suffering; it is envy. Envy mistaken for injustice becomes Entitlement.
And then I noticed that when I was watching movies, I started to think about them differently. I started to question why the romance plot developed, if there was enough connection between the characters to justify why they'd have have the feelings that they had, rather than the women just being the prize for the character accomplishing his story arc.
Then I started wondering what video games embrace this trope, both positively and negatively. I thought I'd ask the Giant Bomb audience if they could think up some examples of video games where the relationship between the characters justifies the romance that develops, and maybe create a list of those games, the positive examples of video games. I'd also be curious if we could put together a list that focuses on the worst of it, the most egregious aspects of video game misogyny.
Maybe this isn't the right place for this, but as a regular Giant Bomb listener, I thought it was a topic that might be worth discussing. I'm less active on the Giant Bomb forums, as I tend to avoid being active on forums, in an attempt to limit my frustration with the world; though this place has never been a negative place, unlike some of places I've posted.