Source: Twitter vs Female Protagonists in Video Games
Here at The Outhouse, your first, best, and only home of scripted improv, we take a lot of shit for mocking sexism, racism, and any other “isms” that people can find in comics as our way of showing just how absurd it is that these themes are still prevalent in modern comics. We are not perfect, and there have been some stumbles, but, for the most part, we do our best in the face of apathy and indifference to find a way to educate and entertain our readers when it comes to this garbage.
But we take a lot of shit.
I could go into theories of comedy, the role of satire, my personal writing abilities, or rail against people who still hold an article from two years ago against us (or rabid fanboys who take comic books way too seriously) but I won’t. Why? Blue won’t let me.
But, seriously, what the bloody hell is wrong with some people? From femfreq.tumblr.com:
Above is a tweet I made this afternoon in reaction to the fact that none of the games presented at Microsoft’s Xbox One E3 press conference featured female protagonists. Below are some of the Twitter replies to that observation which exemplify the male privilege and male entitlement endemic in the gaming community today. This is also a window into what it’s like to be a female video game critic on twitter.
I’m not going to copy and paste all of the tweets in her blog, but many of them are using language I’ve never said out loud, even in a locker room. Here’s a sample.
Fuck, I think I recognize one of those avatars from my twitter feed.
Utter and complete bullshit. Fine, you don’t think that the lack of women in video games is a big deal. I get that, and can even relate, but this – this is unwarranted, cowardly, misogyny hidden behind the anonymity and freedom the internet allows. Let’s not pretend that this is limited to men. I’ve seen the same kind of chicken hearted attacks from female twitterers (is that a word?) aimed at male creators as well.
Instead, let’s look at this blog and just revel in the level of douchebaggery the internet has to offer.
I need a shower.
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RU, or as he’s known in the writers’ room: the cute one, is relatively unappreciated in his time. RU’s YouTube show, RUviews is watched by literally multiple people every month and his Outhouse articles have helped line many a bird cage. Before you send RU a message, he knows that there are misspelled words in this article, and probably in this bio he was asked to write. RU wants everyone to know that after 25+ years of collecting he still loves comic books and can’t believe how seriously fanboys take them. RU lives in Akron Ohio (unfortunately) with WIFE, ‘lilRuRu, and the @DogGodThor. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, & even Google+ (if anyone still uses that).
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