...as if that hasn't been expressed enough. But I'm just kind of entertained by the goings on in the video game community this morning and felt a need to toss in another opinion. Who doesn't need more opinions, am I right?
Almost immediately, and I mean immediately after GTA reviews began coming out this morning, I saw, not complaints about the game necessarily, but what I call criticism of the criticism. My favorite of the bunch was:
"Oh my lordy, the reviews coming in for GTA5 claiming how "sexist" it is makes me wanna slap something. Is feminism one huge trolling scheme?"
Which basically translates, in my mind, to: why is this thing I like/am excited for under scrutiny? Why question something that doesn't offend me? Everything that isn't offensive to straight white cisgender men is beyond questioning, correct?
Nah, I'm not so sure. And it's funny, because this argument seems to come up every time. People so often argue against the fact that someone has an issue with something, not even against the criticism itself. It's almost never "The game's not sexist, and let me explain why.", it's "Why do you even care?" or "It's just a game." or "You're making a big deal out of nothing." or my personal favorite "Games are made for a certain audience."
Now I haven't played GTA V. I haven't played Dragon's Crown, either, another game that suffered the same knee-jerk argument-against-the-criticsm. I plan on buying GTA V and playing through it as soon as I can, maybe once the audience reaction isn't so strongly melding my opinion of the game.
But what's interesting to me isn't really whether the game is sexist or not (Well that does interest me, but that's a post for another day). What interests me is that people who haven't even played the game, in most cases, are so quick to dismiss any criticism that a woman or a feminist could possibly have on the game.
I understand the feeling. It sucks to have something you really support or enjoy. But if we want video games to become more interesting, more innovative, more original like so many people claim they want, fans in general have to get axe the aggression in response to criticism and honestly say to themselves: Is there validity in what the person's saying, even if I don't agree completely? If I was looking from another point of view, how would I feel? What might this game/piece of media reflect in our culture?
Because creating more inclusivity in video games is how new, original concepts are allowed to get traction. And that's just my two cents.
To finish, some light reading/watching, for anyone who wants to listen to some people more eloquent than I am express their thoughts about about exclusivity/inclusivity in gaming: