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In case the title didn't make it clear this piece and many of the links are very NSFW.
So a researcher who is part of DiGRA chose to release his "research" into "Nerdcore" porn if you want to read the full thing you can go here (and yes it does contain some of the images used for "reseaerch")
This is a rebuttal to it. I did send him a rebuttal via twitter but he wasn't too happy.
So this is what happens when a piece that I'm sure will be claimed was "meant to start dialogue" finds its creator refusing responses.
In the interest of fairness I did happen to send him some of the pictures contained within this. Partly to prove the point of how comedic his "research" seems and how much it took a certain angle.
Now have already done a big long write up of the whole Rosalind Wiseman and Ashley Burch "research " to see if I could pull something out of what was there ignoring the huge glaring validity problems. (Much like many in the media chose to.)
So I started to look into the "research" on nerdcore porn. It starts off claiming that nerdcore porn shows the stakes in the present politicising of video gaming and claims that it discusses and demonstrates the impact and objectification of women.
At this stage I'm sure you can already see where this is going and most likely how "nerdcore" porn is some special entity. You'd be right of course because a lot of the paper is talking about how "nerdcore" porn is somehow a special kind of bad.
The article discusses the changes in gaming markets and of course the development of demographic based marketing etc. The research paper then goes on to discuss how gaming can potentially harbour a unique form of toxic masculinity due to the nature of their competition.
So according to this research paper because guys weren't taking part in a standard for of masculine activity like oh:
Then it therefore means they're hugely in danger due to a toxic for of masculinity caused by:
It's almost comedic as the paper attempts to justify the distinction and it's because apparently in games white males re-enact exclusionary practices, in some cases to illegal extremes, towards women and minorities in gaming.
So to put that in another way. In fighting games your opponent could be a minority and or a woman and that means because in a fighting game you can fight against one of them it means it's a toxic form of masculinity because......... Um........... DIVERSITY YOU SHITLORD!!!!!!! MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO YOU NEANDERTHAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But seriously again it seems very much like once again this paper is having a problem seeing the line between fictional representations and actions taken towards them and actual real worlds acts. The part I left out till now was the paper citing an analysis relating to the connection between Columbine and video games. Killers have been inspired and undertaken acts due to films like Batman and even one serial killer being inspired by The Beatles. Trying to rationalise a mind that doesn't understand traditional rationality and rationalises that such killing sprees are somehow acceptable or good isn't going to work anymore than you can understand the mind mental patients who believe they are Napolean. It's not some quick fix that can be done by changing video games. I don't want to go too more into it but recent events here in the UK compared to events in the US suggest there's a big difference when people can have extremely easy access to firearms (Look I know it's part of the US constitution and I respect peoples' right to own arms but maybe those gun laws need looking at a bit to stop crazy people getting hold of said guns)
Ok back to being a bit less serious and talking more on this piece of "research" which most likely had the expense sheet read:
15 boxes of man sized tissues: $20
The "research" goes on to discuss an example of how extremely demeaning nerdcore porn is more so than other porn by using an example of a naked woman on a Wii Fit. The paper then goes on to claim it's a deliberate evocation designed to make gamers think about the model and the fact the Wii Fit assesses their age and weight to determine fitness and balance thus further objectifying by reducing the model to desirable numbers. You know instead of the rather more simple explanation, Wii Fit is a game generally played standing up and with less motion meaning photographs are easier to obtain and the entire point of it being "Look attractive woman naked on a nerdy thing".
The paper then goes on to claim other such examples of "Nerdcore" porn are trying to make gaming like motor and sports cars and re-assert a form of masculine dominance in gaming. The paper then discuss how gaming apparently still has a sexual angle to it and how progression through this stage is part of the maturation process. It continues stating that Nerdcore Porn shows a desire to control women. To which I have to roll my eyes and say really? Nerdcore porn shows control by showing women playing games or around gaming apparel while nude? You can find porn of almost anything on the internet. The range of porn out there of men and women doing ordinary things is insane somehow now it's a special case because nerd things are involved?
Back to the paper it claims that Freud wrote that sexual drives often conflict with "civilised behaviour" and claims this proves that #Gamergate therefore wants to break civilised behaviour to establish gaming as a Male privileged space. Because apparently #Gamergate and its magical time machine went back in time and invented nerd porn, presumably.
The paper carries on to imply that as Freud wrote about a child playing with their shit long enough sees this as normal this is how gaming has become. The word oddly not used here and the correct psychological term now according to Piaget being the concept of creating an established Schema (which I'm kind of surprised wasn't used here as it's considered far more relevant to modern Psychology than a lot of Freud).
The paper continues to talk about how this kind of "nerdcore" porn represents a sexual desire...... well points for the most obvious statement ever. Sex is desirable, people like sex. The article closes off with claims about how all nerdcore porn is proof of a desire to control.
So I think it only right that I post some completely uncovered laid bare nerd porn in here right so here you go.
What you knew I was going to do something after all I support #Gamergate and therefore I'm uncivilised. But this once again brings up the rather long standing question relating to representation and it seems only fair that using some resources found on The Escapist forum a number of very easy rebuttals be made.
To call nerdcore porn a particular kind of perverse you'd have to fail to realise that Male characters are often sexualised both in games and in Anime too. As Rosalind Wiseman and Ashley Bruch's GDC piece said in part women are the more vocal in speaking out against perceived objectification of their gender in media than men are of speaking out against theirs.
Maybe rather than being some "uncivilised" nerd culture is actually being far more civilised ad understanding sex is part of life and not some dirty little thing that should be suppressed and an Opal Ring worn to show some kind of "higher morality".
The idea that somehow nerdcore porn is a display of control would mean that in no kind of nerd culture there is any sexualisation of male characters. And I think it was these few images that Thomas Apperley took some kind of objection to being shown to him on Twitter.
It's quite comedic when in truth a lot of ideas in gaming (and many other areas of entertainment) for modern male characters comes in part from the male heroes deliberately aimed to appeal to women and featured in what's loosely called the Swords and Sandals genre of the past. In this Era it was common for Strongmen or people in body building to often end up as the main star, this started in Italy but carried on for quite a while and most likely inspired the hiring of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the terminator, at least in part.
What's even funnier almost is a certain someone recently at E3 who chose to take objection to sexualised characters. Which then spilled out to objecting to what actual women were wearing as part of booth staff calling it unsettling.
I wonder who looks more like they're trying to control women in gaming ??
What's funnier still is according to The Guardian and according to at least one Mary Sue contributor Magic Mike XXL is a good film. The film showing "Hyper sexualisation" isn't a problem to them apparently. So let's take Magic Mike as the example. Are the any games with Magic Mike XXL esc sequences? The answer is yes and for comparison here's a Magic Mike XXL gif first.
So first we have Saint's Row 4 providing some (Warning flashing images)
Or how about this sequence set in a gay club complete with a guy in a banana hammock ?
This is the internet age and honestly the idea of Rule 34 and every kind of porn being catered to means that if you want it chances are you can find that porn. The idea that nerdcore porn is somehow super bad is comedic considering if you wanted it you could probabaly find porn of almost any male video game character and even porn featuring vaguely nerdy guys now. It's not some unique issue the only reason it is seemingly coming up and being thought of as such as as was found by Wiseman and Burch that guys aren't making a fuss about what could very easily be considered sexy guy characters. You could argue and I have made the point in the past that sometimes it's not equal in games but it is changing.
It seems almost comedic really that here I am, a guy writing this as a response to a male researcher whom was on about how bad nerdcore porn is for civilised society. So while I may break the conventions of "civilised society" by doing response in the form of a C-Blog here. I'm not endorsing some kind of domination. I'm saying lets have sexy for all. Strange that somehow that means I'm a weird pervert if this reseaerch is to be believed.
It's not as though the likes of Twilight don't prove it's fine and sex sells both ways round or should we now be calling Twilight and most romance novels sexist for their depictions of male characters?
So to round off on a slighty related topic after an article detailing failing and bias in the American Psychology Association media and video gaming research section (along with others too) it was found that over 230 researchers in the APA have previously written to the governing body in opposition to the present APA stance that there is a causal link between media and video games and violent behaviour. Many of the APA reseaerchers on the taskforce oddly also being DiGRA members alledgedly.
Oh and finally short of any real outrage or game bannings or real insanity I'm done for a while with the rather politically charged controversial things, at least for a week. So this coming week expect far more about actual games, cause I kind of actually like thise things. read