As Robertson put it, “The AAA [big-budget] gaming industry Sarkeesian is criticizing is no longer the undisputed face of gaming,” thanks to the rise of smaller independent games on all platforms and new platforms like mobile and social.
But AAA games are still hugely influential, their sexist attitudes still exist and wishing them away won’t work.
But for lasting change, the public needs to be better informed as well.
For the past 20 years, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, an industry self-regulatory group, has flagged games for having things like “suggestive themes” or “intense violence.” However, it isn’t equipped to inform buyers about demeaning stereotypes and attitudes.
Meanwhile, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences.
After all, the whole point of Sarkeesian’s videos is not that one game is doing something sexist — it’s that of them do it, ignorantly and carelessly.
Despite growing numbers of women gamers, these games keep coming out, and people keep buying them. Women] videos are really just examples of sloppy craftsmanship,” Double Fine Productions CEO Tim Schafer said.
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https://twitter.com/Shay Makes Games/status/504111995776692224 I closed my last commentary on sexist videogames by saying: “I’m tired of feeling like being a ‘gamer’ means I’ve signed off on sexism.” That feeling has never been stronger than in the past two weeks.
Women You Tube videos, which deconstruct sexist tropes in games. v=5i_RPr9Dw MA Quinn’s and Sarkeesian’s attackers, it should be noted, largely come from places like Reddit, 4chan and Twitter, where they can threaten and harass while largely remaining anonymous.