Because male characters are designed in a large variety of body types, but female characters must all fit the same template.
Because of the times when you design something different, you're told either "sex her up" or "how will they know it's female?"
no one pays 60 bucks to see muffin tops in their games
"It's nice to see, some few hundred years after the Massachusetts Bay Colony, that Puritanism is alive and well! "Ban them! "Name and shame!"
A "Scarlet Letter" for our time. It's #1ReasonWhy I find movements like this noxious. This isn't about justice or changing a culture, it's just about lynch mobs and trying to have everything your way. The McGonigal tweet isn't separate from the rest. Rather, it's wholly indicative of how these things worse - people piggyback their wants onto legitimate issues, and it all gets carried forward whether it ought to or not. People get their names sullied, livelihoods are destroyed when the grievance industry comes out to play, and creativity is constrained because the mob is always lurking ready for the new hashtag movement of the day.
Thanks, but no thanks."
"As a bit of remedial English lit, I'd just like to note that Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter was about a decent and moral woman trying desperately to win back the trust of her community after being convicted of adultery. It's about the way the religiously driven legal and social codes of Puritan Massachusetts ruined the lives of women out of their fear of female sexuality.
It's an interesting take on the Hawthorne story, to be sure, but I'm really not seeing where the themes overlap."
"We wanted [Remember Me lead] Nilin to stand out," he said. "I think these sort of issues become self-fulfilling prophesies; people saying that only white males sell so then everyone only does white males. If you start believing these things you get your head inside this cold marketing strategy that you cannot get your head around. It becomes a pretty fucking racist and misogynistic way of thinking about lead characters."
...The two then exchanged dismissive jokes about yet another brouhaha over women in gaming, but the part that really stood out to me came after the laughter stopped: “Seriously, though, I’m a guy. It’s not like I can do anything about it.”
I wanted to leap over the table and scream at them.
But I didn’t do that, because I felt like it might have been a bit counter-productive to the argument I was trying to make – or, indeed, any sort of argument ever in the history of human civilization. So instead, I thought about it. Because that response to gaming’s rampant – and even if it’s maybe improving on some level, it is still absolutely rampant – sexism problem is incredibly erroneous, but it’s an easy mindset to get into even when your heart’s in the right place.
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