hatewizard:

what you fail to realize is that video games shouldn’t cater to females in the first place. It’s largely known that it’s targeted towards the MALE demographic and has been for so many years, so why would they ask for something like that to be handed to them on a goddamn silver platter?

that’s like a guy walking into the women’s department of clothing at a sears and demanding that there be more clothing for men there. Separation of sections be damned.

that’s not how it fucking works

no not really

the game industry is more like walking into a regular department store and seeing that all the clothes are only men’s clothes

and when you ask the cashier where the women’s clothing section is, they wheel out a small rack of cheaply made tutus, g-strings, and high heels all in bright pink

and then when you go “wow really that’s it” you get called an uppity bitch and everybody assumes you want all the focus on you when in reality you’d just like to be considered a worthwhile demographic since you also like to wear clothes, it’s not like you want some ridiculous getup, you just want a solid shirt and pair of pants that fits you alright.

I mean hell you even sort of like men’s clothes and you have no problem wearing them. They suit you well. But it’s very obvious once you throw on a pair of men’s pants that they were not made for you.

Bolding part of hatewizard‘s reply for emphasis.

Here’s a perfect response to the classic “video games are made for MEN!” sexism apologia (that is so prevalent it’s the central square of the Female Armor Rhetoric Bingo).

~Ozzie

This Thursday’s Throwback thoroughly thwarts the ridiculous rhetoric that is regularly regurgitated in the dizzying defense of titillating attire.  Don’t be afraid to try saying that three times fast.

Whenever I see anyone insist that women are interlopers in the manly world of video games, I know two things about them.  

The first is that they have a very sad, limited experience of the world of video games communities.  If your video game communities don’t have awesome women who love games, want to talk about games and want to make games – then it’s less to do with games and more to do with your community’s attitude towards women.

The second is that they don’t know anything about the history of video games.  They have never seen the greatest anti-piracy campaign in history (released in 1992).  They also don’t know that one of the the most influential creators in video games in the 80s and 90s was Roberta Williams.  That means her games are what partially what inspired the people who are currently work as games developers.  They don’t even know how early home computers were marketed:

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So not only is the store in the analogy pretending to have clothes for women, but it’s pretending that the clothes the woman in store already owns and may have bought there and/or helped make never existed.  Brands named after women don’t exist, photos of women wearing those clothes don’t exist. Women have always just worn tutus and high heels!

It’s long, long past time the video games industry went back to making games for everyone.

– wincenworks

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