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?
YEAH. CLOSE THE FUCKING DOOR AND HOPE THEY DON’T COME AFTER YOU. FUCK THAT.
OH MY GOD ID BE CRYING
oH HELL N O
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Japanese release of the first Super Smash Bros., for the Nintendo 64 back in 1999!
Time sure goes by fast…
it’s been 15 YEARS since i got my n64???
if my n64 was a baby she’d be 15 by now????
WHY AM I SO OLDDDDD
There are most certainly labels that should require strict qualifications before you can use them as an identifier. Doctor, lawyer, professor, blowfish chef. If you aren’t a Time Lord or haven’t gone to medical school, you should not be calling yourself a doctor.
And I will agree that people shouldn’t misrepresent themselves because they think it will help them fit in or seem cool. For a long time I told people I was 1/64th wombat so they would like me more and excuse my extra furry parts. But looking back, I didn’t need to be a wombat to fit in. People liked me just fine as I was.
That said, there are some labels that should not require extensive qualifications or an interrogation. I’m agnostic. Do I really have to prove that I am skeptical about the existence of a deity? Will I get my agnostic card revoked if I enjoy Jesus Christ Superstar? I own several bibles too. I’ve even read large bits of them. Whenever I stub my toe I call out the lord’s name. I also follow like 6 of the 10 commandments.
The truly offensive part of this is that if a male says they are a gamer, they are not questioned. It is just accepted. Not once have I ever had to prove myself. You don’t need to show how many hours you logged playing Call of Duty. You don’t need all the achievements in Assassin’s Creed. (I’m never going to find all those goddamn flags.) You just have to identify as male and a gamer and you’re in the club.
If you enjoy playing video games, you are a gamer. And even if you feel someone is not as gamer-y as you, it doesn’t really matter. It has no effect on your love of video games.
Women play video games. They are gamers. I know some that are quite passionate about them. They write fanfiction, create mods, and spend hours fashioning elaborate cosplay. Frankly, they put my gamer-ness to shame. But not once have they ever accused me of not being gamer enough. I think if male gamers like this fellow keep this attitude, there will be very little interaction with their lifestyle’s or actual dick.
how dare women complain about their continued objectification in entertainment and work to have more female-inclusive and female-empowering representation in a medium half comprised of WOMEN
if me fighting for inclusion is “ruining” gaming maybe you’re the bigoted asshole here who can’t stand to see male dominance challenged
it just hit me again that I ORDERED MY FREAKING GAMING COMPUTER FBJDKHEJHDBFHBFJDL
i can’t wait to play mass effect and dragon age over again in HIGH FUCKING DEF and get decent quality screenshots of my shep/warden/hawke
i am SO EXCITED HAS IT BEEN TWO WEEKS YET
"You know what’s really exciting about video games is you don’t just interact with the game physically, you’re not just moving your hand on a joystick, but you’re asked to interact with the game psychologically and emotionally as well. You’re not just watching the characters on screen; you’re becoming those characters.”
I just started a new character in skyrim and
just ONCE in a game with cc options I would like the default to be female. make you do that one click extra to change to a male character