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.
Actually it’s awful, by not addressing the criticism and instead mocking the mechanism by which the critique was discovered ShumaRadio is basically conceding the point. As Sarkeesian is purportedly an academic feminist not citing your sources is messed up; it’s also simply not polite.
Literally the very first example she uses in the video comes from Assassin’s Creed, and it’s arguably one of the stronger examples of this trope, if you ask me.
Indeed, disagreeing with certain feminist ideas or personalities no more makes you a misogynist than disagreeing with a mens’ rights activist makes you a misandrist (someone who hates men). I think a lot of good discussion is lost from both sides when too frequently people defensively, insult and mock anyone who disagrees with them. Try having a discussion on twitter about women’s rights/feminism, the groupthink is terrifying.
I think this is one of the stronger criticisms against video games, they feature this sort of content disproportionately. However, this does not mean that every instance of a women being the victim of violence is somehow misogynistic. If scenes are coherent and substantive to the story, a reflection of historical events or commentary on violence against women, then some of these instances are not at all misogynistic.
This is primarily where I think myself and Sarkeesian seem to disagree. She finds an instance of an attractive woman in games, or a woman suffering harm and she stops looking or listening. To her the context of the scene seems to matter for very little, she sees all such instances as just another in a long line of misogyny. To be clear, I’m not saying that there aren’t plenty of examples where she would be right. However, that’s not criticism, anymore than calling Gone Home a walking simulator is a review.