Hey all, first blog. Hope ya all will become vic- er...loyal readers of my mad rantings, psychotic randomness, and over-zealous, fundamentalist, insane, crap.
That last bit is a lie. The fundamentalist part.
First things first.
Fare thee well, Gary Gygax, Original Dungeon Master. Your adventure has only now begun.
Alright, now i've got a few things eating at my gray matter, and i'm tired of the buzzards, so gonna let them loose here.
First off, Sex in Videogames:
It, oddly enough, is one of the most taboo, and hated subjects in the American public, media, and government. It is reviled more than decapitating innocent bystanders, it is more demonized than the actual portrayal of demons. Why? I dunno. But I do know that sex is the most natural act, and one we were mandated by God to exercise freely. All that hogwash about doing it out of wedlock, masturbation is bad for your health, it's harmful to children, etc is all just rhetoric spouted by the neo-conservative, uneducated, ill-informed parents and politicians. Oh, and arrogant, self worshiping lawyers.
Now that I got that out, i'm not saying we should glorify sex. That we should hold it up on a pedestal. No. I'm saying, have an open mind, be informed, and be mature. Sex can be a wonderful addition to a game, so long as it is depicted in a healthy, non-gratuitous fashion. But, that would be impossible. No fun in that, right?
Well unfortunately, ANY sex, being it, oh woe, a bare nipple or two, is seen as the most taboo, and untouchable subject in our culture today. Why? Far right, over-zealous, fundementalist religious doctrine and orginizations. Now, i'm not saying religion is bad. God's no. But listening to heretical, half-witted, biased, and close-minded preaching is. They make having sex out to be sinful, yet God said to us, "Go forth, be fruitful, and multiply." The big dude told us to bang like rabbits. Why then, does the Church want us to remain celibate, want us to hide the oh so dirty, yet heavenly mandated action? Control. They wish to protect through control. Control what one sees, and all they will get is what you want them to. Simple, tyrannical, and frighteningly achievable. All we need is a scapegoat.
Video games. This generations newest hobby is the last generations newest whipping boy. rock music was before that, tv before that, comics before that. It's a phase. And i'm sure will pass in time, but not without some damage being done to an otherwise harmless hobby.
To say showing sex in video games is bad, is kinda odd to me. Seeing that we have it on primetime, public access, free television. We have it in our music, on the pages of our magazines. Yet no one touches them, why? Money. They have money, they have power. We, the gaming industry, are still young compared to them. And we, unfortunately, do not have as much precedence in constitutional law as they do. But we can.
We have to speak up. We have to open our mouths. We, as gamers, though fiery, often loud folk when it comes to devs wronging us in games, don't do enough, or say enough when people with real power attempt to. We need to defend our constitutional right to both free speech and free expression. Video games are an art form, and as an art form, are legally protected by the Constitution of the United States. To keep our mouths shut, is to undermine our hobby and something we care about.
Leave our games alone, I say.
And that is the first RPM of this Broken R0m.