omg nerdcubed is so angry and this video gives me life
I play Assassin’s Creed III. Hilarity ensues,
I have a bunch of issues with assassins creed but how can you not love a game where you can fight a gang with Samuel Adams
i cAME HOME TO HEAR MY MUM AND DAD SHOUTING ABUSE AT EACH OTHER AND MY MUM THREATENING DIVORCE AND I GOT SCARED BUT OMFG IT’S BECAUSE THEY’RE PLAYING MARIO KART
Why should we care about women’s representation in video games?”
Nobody is going to want a female protagonist!
Their target audience isn’t big enough to warrant any games!”
Women aren’t as capable as men, they don’t belong in video games!”
If more women starting…
let’s just ignore the fact that all my gamer friends are female and we play mass effect, dragon age, skyrim, etc
you really think guys play “real games” and women just play bejweled? you’re a fucking idiot
I’M SO FUCKING MAD
EVERYBODY SIT DOWN BECAUSE HANARS IS ABOUT TO EXPLAIN WHY THAT MASS EFFECT 3 POST BY THAT DOUCHENOODLE ON FUCKING FACEBOOK IS EXACTLY WHY FEMALE SHEPARD NEEDS TO HAPPEN
IT’S GOING TO BE A LOT OF CAPS AND I’M GOING TO SAY FUCK AND SHIT A LOT SO IF YOU’RE NOT INTO CAPS OR FUCK OR SHIT THEN JUST SKIP TO THE FUCKIN’ END MAN
FIRST OF ALL I’D LIKE TO SAY A HUGE FUCK YOU TO WHOEVER RUNS THAT FACEBOOK PAGE. I’M FAIRLY CERTAIN IT’S NOT ANYONE AT BIOWARE, BUT RATHER A FAN PAGE, BUT THEY ARE ALSO CLEARLY A SACK OF BIGOTED SHIT, SO THERE’S THAT.
1) “Female gamers are still the minority”
OK BUDDY WELL HERE LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT RESEARCH. Recent studies show that as many as (or possibly more than) 45% of gamers are females. So you’re talking about a 10% point spread between males and females. Keep in mind: we’re also talking about the RPG genre specifically, whereas to my knowledge the 45% is a general number.
Dear studio executives: let’s talk female gamers.
Imagine if you will an environment where every single time you walk in the door, you risk being taunted, being underestimated, being alienated, or worse: harassed. Imagine that you love that environment so much (not the people, but rather what the environment itself offers) that despite death threats and RAPE threats and threats of bodily harm, you come back. Day after day, you show up faithfully. Maybe some days you don’t speak, and you slip under the radar, and for one day you’ve done what you love without having to put up with the horrid ways of other people in that environment.
Now imagine that an environment identical to the one you love is created with the ability for you to enter it completely alone. No one else is around to hear you speak, and thus discover your gender, no one is around to ask you to ‘suck [their] dick’ or ‘be their xbox gf’ or whatever those lonely losers do nowadays. No one is around telling you that they’re going to rape and kill you if you fuck up this round. And more than that? You’re playing the game as the most badass character in the franchise.
That’s what RPGs do. To be honest, I would hazard a guess that when it comes to RPGs, you’re looking at a larger female fanbase than male simply because of the sanctuary provided by playing in a bubble.
Dear studio executives: let’s talk bottom line.
[All statistics discussed in this section are from an MPAA report which can be found here]
Conservatively 45% of your fan base is female. I know that the goal of any franchise has to be to ideally capture a larger audience than you did in the previous release. So 45% of your audience is female. Here are the moviegoer statistics for 2012:
52% of moviegoers are female. FIFTY. TWO. PERCENT.
This is despite the fact that there are hardly ANY female leads. This is despite the fact that women are constantly shit on in the entertainment industry.
Now imagine if you created a movie rife with strong women. And these strong women were central to an interesting plot, amazing cinematography (same as would have been afforded a male counterpart), and that they were multifaceted, interesting characters. Maybe some of that 52% would start coming your way. Even if they’d never heard of Mass Effect- it would appeal to them.
And hey, here’s the best part: Once they’ve watched the movie, maybe 20% of those women who’d never played Mass Effect before would be so fascinated, so intrigued, and so excited, that the first thing they do is rush to pick up the games so that they can see what happens next.
Okay, I lied, that was half of the best part. The REAL best part is that these characters already exist. They’ve already been written, fleshed out, and made whole. You don’t have to write them. THEY FUCKING EXIST.
2) “The cast of characters already has several strong female leads”
I’m going to skip over the fact that you mention Jack and Miranda who don’t show up until Mass Effect 2 and that you COMPLETELY refrain from mentioning the fact that the Mass Effect series has nearly double the number of strong males than it does females and move right into:
FUCK. YOU. TWICE. How many movies have been made where the director looks at the cast assembled before him and says ‘you know what? we already have a TON of strong and multifaceted male characters, why don’t we make the lead a female?’ I can guarantee you that the number is so small as to be completely irrelevant. The only time that gender comes up as a defining concern is when the gender is ‘female.’
(Much in the same way that i doubt many people ever said ‘we have too many white characters, time to cast a person of color!’ and it’s certainly never been ‘we have too many white supporting characters, time to cast a lead POC’ except in situations where the role could ONLY have been played by a POC- but this specific rant is about gender so I digress)
What you’re saying when you say this, Facebook fuckrepository, is that the stories of strong women (or POC) don’t deserve to be told. That they’re irrelevant.
When you cast a female Shepard instead of a male Shepard, here’s what’s going to happen: you’re going to appeal to people you’ve never appealed to before. Not every female plays video games. As pointed out- males are the (SLIGHT) majority. But maybe if video games were a more welcoming environment- if the execs put in the effort to show women that they DO want to share stories about women, and that they WILL put in the time and effort to make a movie about a female lead that’s as badass and grandiose as its male counterpart would have been, how many more females are you going to draw in?
You know what else will happen? You’ll show women that their stories deserve to be told. Little girls will grow up saying they want to be like Commander Shepard, or Liara T’Soni. Little girls and women alike will be shown that they can be the fucking heroes, and not just the supporting characters. And you’ll be appealing to people you never even knew you could reach.
The confidence and the pride instilled in women by casting a female Commander Shepard far outweighs the potential butthurt that some males will feel by you not casting a female shepard.
3. ‘Studios are afraid of casting female leads in these types of films…’
Yes. Because the Underworld franchise was a total bomb. What’s Resident Evil? The Hunger Games? Never heard of ‘em. Kill Bill? Nah.
Oh, and don’t let me forget those ‘Alien’ movies. Man, female leads really fucked those movies over, didn’t they?
Not to mention Pacific Rim- If you think Raleigh Beckett was the only lead character in that film, then you and I saw vastly different movies.
Think about what you’ve said, Facebook guy. Think about it long, and hard, and then sit directly down onto the largest, thickest saguaro cactus that you can find you FUCKING ABSOLUTE TRACTOR.
I’m so sick of hearing this ‘female leads don’t sell’ bullshit. Fact: if a movie features a strong female lead (and isn’t a fucking shitty ass romantic comedy which is all women seem to be the leads in- not that there’s anything wrong with enjoying romcoms but GIVE ME SCI FI GOD DAMMIT), I am 95% more likely to go see that movie, and I can almost guaranfuckingtee that a LOT of women feel the same way.
So stop trying to use your own personal (bigoted) opinions to justify why a film studio is or is not going to/should or should not do something.
tl;dr: female leads sell. women need representation. stop being a prick. Cast a god damn female commander Shepard.
so the graphics card with my new pc isn’t supported with Dragon Age. Anybody got any suggestions on which graphics card/video card to replace it with?
Currently have a AMD Radeon R7 250 2GB video card.
imagine a video game where you create a hero whose destiny is to save everyone, but throughout the game you start making harder and more questionable decisions, and the game gets darker and darker. and in the end you’re just standing there, clutching the controller and finally realizing you were playing the villain all along
imagine if women could be popular lets players or video game reviewers on youtube. imagine if women could do that and not be relentlessly harassed. imagine if the gaming community wasnt still a sausage fest in 2014. imagine
Nintendo’s sales haven’t been what they hoped for or expected, so all the executives got together and made the decision to cut their salaries in half to ensure their employees still get paid. They say it’s the fault of the executives that the products aren’t selling well, not their employees, so it isn’t fair for the employees to have to take the hits for that.
Why are there people who don’t like or respect Nintendo again?