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A Gamer's Perspective

In this blog I'll be blogging about anything from MMOs to PC game releases (old and new). My mission is simple: Blog from MY perspective and mine alone. I am the gamer after all. Warning: There may be some ranting involved. Enjoy (or not).

Author: Razeekster

Why I think developers & gamers are some of the worst people around

Posted by Razeekster Sunday June 16 2013 at 5:48AM
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These are my three reasons why developers and gamers in general are some of the worst people (in my opinion).

 

1) Racism: This one is mostly for MMO developers. A lot of MMOs don't give you the option to make a black character. For example in Mabinogi, they have elves and the elves all live in a harsh and hot desert environment. Now, genetically this is bound to produce at least some black-skinned elves, right? Right?! Well... Apparently not in Mabinogi! Mabinogi has a 100% pure white elf population... That all live in the desert (cus' logic doesn't exist in Erinn1).

 

It's not only developers though as gamers seem to love the word "n*gger" and are some of the most racist bunch of people that I've ever had the displeasure of being in the same games with. At least that's what many general chats seem to tell me. I've played with a few Africans and African Americans in MMOs and actually asked them on the matter and what I got was that they just basically get used to it and usually don't even share their race with other players because of it. As a gamer and a human being I find this just to be unacceptable, but what the hell can I do? Nothing really, as this seems to be the mentality of gamers.

 

2) Homophobia: Games in general don't give players gay/lesbian options. It's always straight or nothing. When Mass Effect 3 gave gamers gay/lesbian romance options outrage ensued. It's mostly the gay romance options that caused the mass (get it... "Mass." Mass Effect... Nevermind *cough-cough*) amounts of rage. In fact when a video was leaked showing off the gay-romance option on youtube there were disgusting displays of hate and some of the worst homophobic comments I've ever seen being spewn forth from gamers. The video has over 3000 dislikes as of now with only 2000 and something likes.

 

As soon as ME3 came out players went out in large numbers to give the game scores of 1.0 and 2.0 on Metacritic simply because it had the gay-romance option, even though the game never forces you to have this romance option (in fact you can go through the whole game without doing any of the romance options). And please, don't tell me it was because of the game itself when thousands of people were giving this game these scores on the first day the game was released (it takes more than 24 hours to finish the game).

It's not only the unwillingness from developers to create games that have gay characters (which serves to make games unrealistic since come on, there are gay/lesbian humans in the real world, but games? There's no such thing silly!) or the many jerkwads of the games from the PC or console world (console gamers really love the word f*g. I'll give you a hint: it rhymes with nag), but also the gamers of MMOs.

 

After console gamers, I've honestly never met a more homophobic bunch. For example, after Corpsegrinder went on a rant about how non-hetersexual the Alliance was in WoW and made some extremely rude and basically homophobic comments that were caught on video (at BlizzCon), you know what Blizzard did? They actually showed the clip and then let Corpsegrinder play at BlizzCon! Yes they rewarded the band after a rant that included words such as "c*cks*cker." And players loved it! For the video here's a link (be warned, some brain cells may be fried in the process of watching the clip): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9eg3N3TayP8

 

3: Sexism: Good freaking, mighty sploosh of a fluck, gamers and game developers are some of the most sexist people around. If games such as Queens Blade and the fact that in SWTOR you can have a shock-collar-wearing female slave that you can abuse in multiple ways (something that I saw many Sith Warriors actually bragging about in general chat, and no these weren't role players) doesn't prove that then I don't really know what does besides the constant barrage of breasts that I am assaulted with in any given MMO or video game. I wouldn't be bothered about this at all if males were given the same treatment, but I rarely see scantly clad males in games. The thing is it completely breaks immersion for the most part, as males are given realistic armor that looks like it would actually protect them while females are given a type of armor that befits more of a stripper lifestyle.

 

As a side-note, I do think that Bioware had less to do with the general sexism and horrid treatment of slaves within SWTOR, and that the Star Wars IP had more to do with that as Star Wars has had a rampant history with sexism within it's lore. In fact, in Del Rey’s nine novel series Fate of the Jedi, a first major anti-slavery movement in the galactic history is revealed to be just an evil plot by a group of Sith (for the nerds and non-nerds of Star Wars... I'm a Star Wars nerd *cough-cough*).

 

Those are the three major reasons that make me think that developers and gamers are generally some of the most foul people on the Earth. Now before people start giving me angry comments and ranting at me, I will say, I have met very wonderful and kind people in MMOs and in the gaming community as a large that are respectful and accepting of all sorts of people be they gay/lesbian or of a different ethnic group. The sad thing is that because these are of such a rare variety, even in guilds deemed "family-like-guilds" I never have the urge to share gender orientation. When some of these guilds have asked me if I had a girlfriend I just simply say "no" and move on. And I usually suggest the same to other gay gamers because when it comes down to it, it really isn't worth the hate, or the hurt feelings it creates. I've experienced enough of that to leave a lasting bitter taste in my mouth.

 

And I suppose in the end sexism will reign supreme in the gaming and MMO market (I don't know how it can continue to last with more and more female gamers coming into the picture but I guess I'll see).

 

Anyways, that's my rant for today, share your thoughts and opinions and remember to please keep it civil.

 

1. Errin refers to the game-world which Mabinogi takes place in.

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