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  Icewhite

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5/31/13 5:08:51 PM#21
Originally posted by Rayshe
I see no evidence of a overall stereotype for either genders.

Does compensating-for-something megaswords count? Kind of the gaming spiritual inverse of the sailor moon skirt.

 

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  Rusque

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5/31/13 5:09:15 PM#22
Originally posted by asyndeton
A lot of the characters I make are secretly gay, just like me.

Yeah . . . secret . . . I do not think that word means what you think it means.

  MondoA2J

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5/31/13 5:55:00 PM#23

Your battling against a very well oiled machine here. Its called society and gender roles, that we hard bred into ourselves and children.

Its disgusting and horrible but its true.

Damsels will always need saving cause women "enjoy being saved" and Men will always swing in with their swords and fight the main bad guy cause "I have to save the day" that is what we were raised on.

There is exceptions but in general this is the usual idea most go with. Fairy-tales, books, TV, games. Its hardwired into our psyche.

To get to my point, 2 examples:

My 14 year old son will buy the next Call of Duty game even though its the same dribble for the last 6 iterations. Why? Cause its "cool" even though I detest the violence and repetitive gameplay. It sold MILLIONS of units! We thrive off aggression and violence.

Secondly

ANY MMO is loaded with sexism. Every time I see bikini mail I chuckle. Sex sells! I don't really need to expand on this cause its really obvious.

I asked my son to use 1 word to describe why he likes his 2 favorite games his answers: "Zombies" and "Master Chief"--- (which isnt one word ) but you get the idea.

There is hope though....for one you can choose to not simply partake in that media and teach your children to respect life, people, religions and  the opposite sex but we are all human and all make mistakes.

We are evolving our media and I think as time passes, characters are becoming more compelling and emotionally driven. Its why I watch the Walking Dead...that show has many gender roles but also deep characters with many insecurities and fears. I will try to think of a game that bridges the stereotypes and is a good step forward.

Do you know one?

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  lizardbones

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5/31/13 6:08:25 PM#24


Originally posted by Icewhite

Originally posted by Rayshe I see no evidence of a overall stereotype for either genders.
Does compensating-for-something megaswords count? Kind of the gaming spiritual inverse of the sailor moon skirt.

 




Someone pointed out in another thread that while the stereotypes definitely exist, they are probably not as prevalent as (some) people would like to believe. So while I disagree with the statement that there's no evidence for stereotypes existing, it's entirely possible that someone could play video games and not really run into them.

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  Anslem

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5/31/13 6:39:41 PM#25
Originally posted by tkreep
I dont know i mean usually the females likes a guy who can be very manly and make them feel dominated cuz it makes them feel like a little girl especially on the bed.

I'm just so not sure what to do with this....

Back to reality, though, I remember reading the Dragonlance books in my teens.  Don't know if anyone else has read them but there are twin brothers, Caramon and Raistlin.  Raistlin was a frail mage and Caramon was a strong, burly warrior.  I remember thinking that while Caramon was likely the better looking of the two (read: stereotype) Raistlin was the brilliant, ill-understood misanthrope.  My emo heart naturally went out to Raistlin, but sterotypes that I'd agreed upon believed that Caramon was the fairer of the two. 

This begs the old questions of why people would prefer to play the opposite gender.  I've only played my gender, but I do know that a lot of people choose the opposite one.  Maybe it has something to do with that stereotype?

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  aspekx

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5/31/13 6:44:31 PM#26
it is the problem with chains. they tend to bind everyone eventually.

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  Nephelai

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5/31/13 7:00:48 PM#27

Women traded their body for security and resources at day one and that model worked for a very long time because it was simple and kept the population going. While these days security isn't an issue and resources are readily available it's still going to take a long time to breed out +100k years of hard wired behaviors - it'll change but by evolution not revolution.

 

Having said that I'm mid 40's and have been playing games a long time - I've met and become good friends with over 50 people (men and women) and have honestly never met a bad person. Some qwerky but not bad. I can still remember the first time I traveled on a train to a capital city to met my Quake Clan members for the country championships - heart was racing but in the end the whole weekend is one I'll always remember - if not thru trying to drink it away. Gaming has been a great compliment to my RL overall.

 

PS: The reason I always play female characters is the over amplification of the male characters - cant stand looking at them.

  DamonVile

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5/31/13 7:15:47 PM#28

I never put much faith in amateur psychology.  People tend to see things as too black and white. Why we do things is never as simple as the couple of lines in a post make them out to be.

 

btw guys have more than one emotion...you forgot hungry and horny.

  Razeekster

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5/31/13 7:40:15 PM#29

I am so glad you made this article! I am growing so sick and tired of men who play games commenting every time they see a man who is more feminine in features than what they'd like. Not every man is a muscle bound freak. It's sort of a sign to me that a lot of male gamers aren't really in touch with the world nowadays, and how insulting their comments come off to some (seriously, some of you guys on here come off as scared that you're going to be called gay or something by not insulting feminine looking men. Honestly, though you just come off as homophobic... It's like you're trying to hide something ~cough-cough~).

 

I'm personally looking forward to the day where the hero of the story is a gay/lesbian character and no one cares because it's not some huge freaking deal of life and death. I can hope right?

 
 

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  Velocinox

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5/31/13 8:19:21 PM#30
Uhm... but by definition if you do not have muscles you ARE weak... Literally, and not the modern colloquial for literally, but the strict literal definition of literally, as in literally literally weak... literally.

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  monstermmo

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5/31/13 8:50:01 PM#31

lol This is great! And I think it just goes to show the difference between the male and female gamers. Male's don't tend to mind this "stereotype." We want to be the stereotypical buff heroes.

I'd love to write a big thing about this but I'm not quite in the mood right now. While I do think it's a good topic and offers up the other side of the coin, I also can't help but think it's not genuine. Not that it's badly written or anything. I think it's damn good for trying to look at it from the opposite sexes point of view but it's about as good as it would be if I were to try and write something from a female point of view.

We're not completely ignorant of the opposite sexes thoughts and feelings but we still don't experience them in the same manner. If i were to write an article on the same subject it would look entirely different. I keep meaning to but I really just haven't gotten to the point where I care enough to do it yet.

Sexism exists, it's real bad, but Sarkeesian goes to extremes in my opinion.

Excellent article, thank you.

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  BurninatorX

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5/31/13 8:50:45 PM#32
[mod edit]

^Basically this.^

"I wish the action hero of this game was a fat hairy guy whose beard doesn't grow quite right, like me!" - said no one ever.

Most men just understand that it is a game and not representative of men, nor is it supposed to be. They also know that a fat lazy guy wouldn't be able to do any of this stuff, therefore it wouldn't make any sense for that to be an action hero. It is fantasy, a story, a fairy tale, not real life. Why has this been going on so long? Because it doesn't matter and nobody cares. The people playing the game are not bothered by it, no problem. [mod edit]

  Alders

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5/31/13 9:10:41 PM#33

Men and women that are insecure with themselves tend to have a problem with this.

I personally don't give a crap how sexy, manly, or overly feminine characters are in video games and i know plenty of women that feel the same way about female characters.

[mod edit]

  lizardbones

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5/31/13 9:26:19 PM#34

 


Originally posted by BurninatorX
[mod edit]

 

"I wish the action hero of this game was a fat hairy guy whose beard doesn't grow quite right, like me!" - said no one ever.

Most men just understand that it is a game and not representative of men, nor is it supposed to be. They also know that a fat lazy guy wouldn't be able to do any of this stuff, therefore it wouldn't make any sense for that to be an action hero. It is fantasy, a story, a fairy tale, not real life. Why has this been going on so long? Because it doesn't matter and nobody cares. The people playing the game are not bothered by it, no problem. [mod edit]




The reason the stereotypes of men in video games aren't talked about much is because they are designed to be the fantasy of what men want to be. It would be surprising if men found them offensive. Heck, they are generally an example of what most people want to be. Heroic, honorable, capable of handling any situation, the sole reason that events are happening and generally healthy. In short, the hero.

What next. Oh, it's the irony of putting women in a group of people who do not understand that video games aren't actually real, while at the same time implying that stereotypes don't exist.

"I want to be a useless Damsel In Distress" said no woman, ever. They may want the Knight In Shining Armor, but they don't want to be the useless, voiceless, largely brainless collection of features that mean sex symbol being a Damsel In Distress implies.

The big thing is these types of things seem to be lessening over time and in the overall gaming market there isn't really that much stereotyping happening. In a lot of games it's just impossible because there aren't actual people involved. I think this makes for better games because avoiding stereotypes either requires giving players more choice, or in creating better characters in general.

 

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  Olgark

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6/01/13 1:12:18 AM#35

Its one reason I often role a female character in computer RPGs. I find the male characters to be cartoonish and over the top steroid freaks. As a male gamer I bonded more with Geralt of the Witcher series in the books and games. Sure he has a lot of muscles but he also shows emotion and a great deal of thought.

 

I don't complain though as I see this as fantasy and fiction, I am just not sure why women feel they need to complain about such things. Maybe its in their own nature to analyse everything and pick it apart. In my experience women are never happy with any kind of result, and will always find something to moan about.

  Ehliya

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6/01/13 5:48:51 AM#36

Not sure this is a gender thing.  Almost all MMORPGs define player advancement and achievement through one single criteria, which is killing things.  Kill, kill, kill, whether its MOBS, NPC or other players.  It applies equally to women - they have to step up and slay or get left behind.  Every other human value and activity is made subordinate to killing.

I think this is done because it is easy and cheaper than developing more complex and varied activities for players.

 

  Anslem

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6/01/13 7:26:21 AM#37
Regarding killing mobs, the only advantage I've ever had when playing a female toon was in UO. One of the bosses would reflect damage from male toons. You could cast polymorph to avoid this though. 

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  Ghavrigg

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6/01/13 9:22:43 AM#38
Originally posted by Razeekster

I am so glad you made this article! I am growing so sick and tired of men who play games commenting every time they see a man who is more feminine in features than what they'd like. Not every man is a muscle bound freak. It's sort of a sign to me that a lot of male gamers aren't really in touch with the world nowadays, and how insulting their comments come off to some (seriously, some of you guys on here come off as scared that you're going to be called gay or something by not insulting feminine looking men. Honestly, though you just come off as homophobic... It's like you're trying to hide something ~cough-cough~).

 

I'm personally looking forward to the day where the hero of the story is a gay/lesbian character and no one cares because it's not some huge freaking deal of life and death. I can hope right?

 
 

I found it funny, that at every restaurant, fast food place, etc., that I've worked at, everyone just acts gay jokingly. I've never really worried much about it, but when it comes to heroes in games and movies, I do find I generally prefer straight if there is anything sexual at all going on, because I can relate to it more. In the end, as long as the game is fun, though, I don't think I'd have TOO much of a problem... just as long as they don't go over the top and have a gay guy be a crossdressing, make-up wearing, skinny boy who might as well be a chick but they decided to add him in as "male" to be controversial.

As for now, though, you can always play the Dragon Age games and choose gay options, if you'd like. That seems to be the closest you'll get at the moment.

  Segun777

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6/01/13 10:26:59 AM#39
Nice article! More than anything, what I want is better characters. Max Payne 3 was a joke compared to the first two, like it lost it's soul. Video games oddly enough for a medium mostly focused on a single character tend to have very few memorable ones.
  Dracomon

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6/01/13 11:19:20 AM#40

"Anger! Anger and revenge! Grr! Grief? Subvert it into anger! Love? Never heard of it! Fear? Only the weak feel fear! Happiness? Happiness is when I revel in my anger!

The problem is, that’s all crap. Human beings feel emotion, it’s hardwired into all of us before birth."

Have you ever considered that it is you that is wrong? Why should i feel negative emotions such as fear or sadness? Thats just silly. Deliberately converting feelings to anger is much smarter. It gives you the strength and motivation to face anything.

I am old enough to have faced many of those emotions you mentioned, and i have stared everyone of them down.  

Until you have done that, you will never understand the inner strength you gain from knowing nothing can harm you. It is both liberating and enlightening at the same time.

Anyway,  it was interesting to get a females point of view. Even if she doesn't have a clue what it is to be a non sooky cry baby male of the species. ;)

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