I agree with you that the title can be misleading, but the actual quotation does not necessarily mean that they disagree with Sarkeesian on any points. However, I think that it is a safe assumption that they are not saying everything Sarkeesian says is gospel. I’m sure that Sarkeesian and Quinn disagree on some points of feminism for example, what is important is the discussion and the critique are allowed to take place.
Rather than the quotation that seems to have been pulled out so that it could be reworded into the vaguely misleading title that “[Volition says Sarkeesian is right]” (when they actually said that they agreed with the criticism in her most recent video). I found the ending of the piece to be more powerful and reflective of the overall tone of the article and ideas that Volition was communicating.
“I think it’s fair to be called out on your shit,” he said. “I think that it’s a sad man that can never be self-reflective. I think that we tried to go and carry ourselves with respect, and try to respect sexuality and respect gender as much as we can, and sometimes we fail but hopefully we’ll do better and continue to get better.”
I think that’s all anyone can ask.
I didn’t drink until I was 23, and I’ve never been drunk in my life. It has and continues to ostracize me from my peers. Drinking alcohol, particularly to get drunk/buzzed is the one thing almost everyone shares in common. I think this is why many people see my general refusal as a slight against them or as being uppity.
Even when people earnestly ask me why, it’s kind of awkward to get into how my father had to divorce my mother and move us to Canada because she was an out of control drunk that eventually got into harder substances. Or how, my birth mother (who was a very intelligent women) was destroyed by alcoholism, and how it recently took her life. So I mean it sincerely when I say congratulations on recognizing the path you were heading down and making a change, it’s never easy.
If you were listening, most press were warning people away from Thief for awhile pre-release. My only concern is that some people (i.e. Mitch Dyer) are hyping up the game and central mechanic a little too much.
It’s interesting that even when designing what appears to be such a systems based game that game designers have to wrestle with awkward issues of dynasty and family lines and the human reproductive cycle. It’s so easy to see how their team could so innocently make a choice during development that might offend someone. A very interesting and well written piece.
First of all you responded to half of one sentence in my second statement, but let me break it down for you so others can see how transparently you are attempting to twist my words.
I am NOT responsible for the actions of these people…
I’d love to see you make the case that I’m responsible for the actions of these people and how I’m at fault. Might I suggest blaming me based on the genetic happenstance of my sex, why not also assume you know what country I am from, my gender and sexuality.
I’m pretty sure many EU countries already impose this stipulation on Valve and Valve has been forced to play ball, kicking and screaming mind you, but they eventually acquiesced.
If I have to make a judgement call based on a 2 minutes trailer, honestly it looks like they came really close to meeting their goals which in the business of making video games is really the best you can hope for.
I guess I was one of the 15 people who bought SportsFriends when it came out last month.
1. These acts of abuse are obviously reprehensible and those responsible should serve time in jail.
2. To claim that an obvious minority represent gamers as a whole is disingenuous on its face. It only serves to polarize the situation further and makes things worse. I am NOT responsible for the actions of these people and I deeply resent the opportunists who flock to these sorts of events more concerned with furthering an agenda than with Sarkeesian’s well-being.