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This article is heartbreaking. And true.
There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit.
There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.
NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.
Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article.
Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.
We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)
Frozen defenders are an example of what happens when a company engrains itself in the childhood of an entire generation so deeply that the very idea that one of their movies isn't good is take as a personal attack.
Even worse it’s SO engrained that, because they grew up with the IDEA that Disney is the pinnacle of western animation, they now fervently defend against any competition that outright beats Disney in that regard. Not only does this dilute western animated features but it also closes off an entire generation to anything that dares come from overseas.
If it isn’t exactly LIKE Disney then it’s undeserving of any recognition or awards simply because it dares to veer away from the Disney style.
All you need to do is read audiences comments on Coraline to see just how bad the situation and how “different” animation doesn’t sit well with them.
I mean, hell, we can’t even release PG-13 animated films here without a prior international release because audiences just can’t veer away from Disney = animation = kids and anything else not worth watching.
So Kai’s visit felt a little short today because she had to leave for a meeting but I had her for pretty much the whole day yesterday.
We were seriously playing Sims 2 and making sure all (except for Mako) our LOK Sims were doing okay and Kai was trying so hard to get Asami together with Korra (don’t worry friend I will continue your hard work as well as keep playing Persona 4).
We also watched a lot of game play videos and watched Pewds play horror in the dark with some candles lit.
It all feels short but I will see her again come time for AniJam. :)