I feel just fine in judging "gamers" as misogynist men
I mean, I personally don't go down the "you play games, therefore you must be a misogynist" route
You know in A Brilliant [sic] Mind when all those numbers and equations are connecting together around Russell Crowe’s head, like a beautiful crystal? This is like that, except with hating women instead of math.
Which leads me to why this particular little tchotchke disturbs me so much: More than just a little bit of localized awfulness, it speaks volumes of the attitude of publisher Deep Silver toward its audience. Is this who they think the average gamer is, namely a male who is easily and somewhat pathetically titillated and can’t see the obvious sexual violence in the statue? And after a few moments of introspection I have to ask “What if they are right? What does that say about me? Do I even want to be associated with a demographic like that?”
From this perspective, Deep Silver’s marketing stunt is an adept commentary on the video games coverage and editorial ecosystem. The games sites grab hold of the controversial, holding it up high so that the shocked can be shocked. The internet outrage flows. Then along comes the defence to the outrage, promoting more coverage, more publicity. Finally comes the sales from the extra customers now titillated by all the coverage. Everyone plays their roles without thinking about it. Deep Silver just provided the perfect fodder, no doubt reluctantly.
When it comes to issues like this, we all behave on instinct, much like the zombies that are at the heart of Deep Silver’s output. Deep Silver are reaching out to us, inspiring us to think more about what we do on the internet and in gaming, to act less as a mob and more as intelligent individuals. To not be baited so easily.
Deep Silver thought very, very long and hard on this.
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