avengers: age of TONY STARK. tells the story of TONY STARK. featuring supporting characters of TONY STARK. also with some other characters. but most importantly, TONY STARK. directed by joss whedon.
What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.
Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.
And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.
How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.
Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.
This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.
Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.
They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility."
also known as “Why I Love And Support BioWare Games”
Bioware ain’t perfect, but good gosh it does give me the warm fuzzies when one of their crew knocks it out of the park.
I thought you were smaller
Don’t even try and start me on this scene. This scene hurts so much, because Bucky has been tortured past the point of endurance. Bucky is exhausted mentally, physically, and emotionally.
You just know he’s thought about his little buddy when he was strapped down. At least Steve wasn’t here, at least Steve is safe. And he’s in so much pain, and when Steve shows up, he’s so happy. For a moment, he’s happy, because it’s Steve, and Steve’s here, and he wanted to see him once more, just once.
But then look at his face when he stands up. His face just drops. No. This isn’t Steve. This is wrong. This is just another trick of his mind. Steve isn’t big. Steve isn’t strong. Steve isn’t this. It’s a trick. I has to be a trick. He’s staring because he can’t believe it. He’s not happy anymore. This isn’t Steve. It’s just his mind. It’s a dream. A fantasy of what Steve wanted to be, but never would be.
Bucky thinks he’s cracked. He thinks he’s broken completely, because this isn’t Steve. And then it is. It’s Steve and he’s big and he’s strong and he’s saving Bucky and everything in their world has turned the wrong way around, and Bucky can’t regain his footing.
He never came back from that cell, because to come back, everything would have to be the same. They would have to return to the status quo. But it wasn’t. Nothing was the same, not even Steve, and he can’t be exactly who he was, because his counterbalance in that equation is gone.
Is it permanent? he asks. And he’s not just referring to what has happened to Steve.
*99% of black people all agree that something is offensive*
1 black person comes out with their cooning self and says ‘actually you know what I’m black and I don’t find this offensive tbh’
White people: OMG FINALLY SOMEONE SAID IT. YESSSS. SEE YOU GUYS ARE OVERREACTING. WE ALL BLEED RED WE ALL SUFFER EQUALLY. WE ALL BURN IN THE SUN!!!!!!!!
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this is the single most intense video i’ve ever witnessed
Show is so fucking UTTERLY RIDICULOUS
The Chairman is a national treasure