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Siblings Before Prostitutes

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In light of the whole controversy surrounding the "Bros Before Hos" trophy in the recently released God of War: Ascension, I thought that I would share my thoughts on the whole situation.

First of all, let me start by saying that I think both sides are partially correct, even though the only time you'll ever hear me agreeing with one of the sides is when I'm conveniently trying to pass myself off as a person who can understand where both sides are coming from. You see, I'm taking the moderate position on this issue. This means that I'm being reasonable, because, as everybody knows, the moderate position on any given issue is inherently the most reasonable one, for reasons that no one has ever bothered to explain.

When I first became aware of the despicable, misogynistic trophy in question, I was absolutely appalled. As a man who is able to overly empathize with women, thus proving how not sexist I am, I'm being completely sincere when I say that seeing that trophy made me understand what it's like for women who struggle with breast cancer.

And, to those of you arguing that this trophy is not misogynistic(How nice of you to take time away from beating your wives in order to share your views with us, by the way), please don't be ridiculous. What else could a trophy called "Bros Before Hos" mean other than a statement by the game's creators that 100% of all women are literally prostitutes? Are you actually going to argue that words are sometimes used to mean things other than their original literal meaning? Don't be stupid. That never happens. That's why, whenever rappers say that they're pimpin', they're immediately arrested for confessing to committing a sex crime.

But, for the sake of argument, let's just go with the ridiculous premise that, by using the word "ho" in their trophy, Sony Santa Monica Studios weren't calling all women prostitutes. So what? They were still being insensitive to women. As the self appointed spokesperson for all women, I can say with absolute certainty that seeing the word "ho" in any context is offensive to every woman on the planet.

I'm glad that Sony Santa Monica Studios did the right thing and changed the trophy to "Bros Before Foes." That name is actually better, and so that's all that should matter. There's no reason for either side to be bothered by this change since this in no way creates a precedent for developers to be bullied into changing the content of their games every time someone is offended, nor is there any chance that a developer may ever be pressured into compromising their game in a way that takes away from its overall quality for the sake of not offending someone. So there's nothing to worry about.

The real issue here has to do with the gaming community. I think it's sad that the issue of sexism in games can't be talked about without the gaming community shouting down anyone who tries to start a dialogue about the possibility of sexism existing in games. Just look at Anita Sarkeesian, for example. All she did was try to create a dialogue with her video that had comments and ratings disabled, and she's immediately shouted down by the fact that some people have the nerve to not agree with her. Many of them have even been rude and insulting, which is the same as shouting her down, since, as we all know, receiving rude and insulting comments prevents you from being able to express your views and opinions. That's why no one has ever been able to use the Internet to express any point of view or opinion whatsoever.

In order for us to have a true dialogue on the issue of sexism in gaming, we all have to be willing to come together and allow one side to completely dictate what the dialogue should be. We have to stop debating whether or not sexism in games is a problem, and instead focus on debating whether it's a major problem or a really major problem. Also, we have to stop with the personal attacks on the character of anyone we disagree with, you sexist, misogynistic, pigs.
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About mrplow8one of us since 4:42 PM on 05.01.2008

My name is Joseph. I have a computer, I eat food, all my socks have holes in them, I almost never wear a cape, and I'm currently using that computer I told you about before.
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