Hunter S. Thompson wrote a book in 1966 called Hell�s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Thompson lived amongst them, drank with them, rode with them, and wrote about them. �But, Noir, what�s that got to do with video games?� I�ll get to that shortly, just let me Columbo for a bit and I�ll go on to solve the case. (And, sadly, much like an episode of Coumbo, we know the perpetrator all too well before the show even starts�)
Thompson spent a year living the Hell�s Angels lifestyle until one day he spoke out to an Angel called Junkie George by saying �only a punk beats his wife.� For this, he was rewarded him a brutal beating at the hands of several of the Angels.
The point is Thompson not only wrote his story but he lived it to get to the truth of the story from a ground level. For his trouble he got the living shit beaten out of him by the very people he was covering. Sound familiar yet? We�re not Hell�s Angels, we�re not even the outlaws we imagine ourselves to be, but some of our number have sure as shit thrown some of our more interesting journalists under the bus. The mob drowned out their voices and left them with no choice but to leave.
Also, let us be clear here, there has been a lot of talk about how this is all about ethics, but what in the name of blistering fuck is ethical about harassing women out of the games industry? Fed up of gruff, brown-haired white guys as protagonists? Fed up of an FPS crowded genre with waist high barriers, a grey colour palette, and meathead space marines? These people are trying to make it so that we have a greater variety of games; they�re not taking games away from you. Stop your own �white knighting� for a status quo comprised of the same homogenous shite, the kind you were once only too pleased to commonly critique in the comment sections of numerous games blogs and forums all over the net. For what good that did you; I bet your stale observations about Call of Duty really popped the monocles of triple-A publishers around the world.
We live in a young medium, but that doesn�t mean our responses to criticism within this medium have to resort to being those of adolescents. Everything that is created is appraised critically � whether that be a game, a book, a movie, music or even a goddamn chair. You don�t have to like or even agree with the criticism, but by silencing the critics/game journalists/game devs you�re guilty of exactly the same behaviour that make up your own accusations: you�re censoring them. Also, to be quite frank, if you believe in free speech and you are one of the people doing this then you are a damnable hypocrite. All Anita Sarkeesian is doing is actually talking critically about video games. That. Is. It. This is the exact same thing that critics the world over have been doing with books, movies, and music (not sure about chairs) for the best part of a century. Agree with her or disagree with her, fine, but denying a critical discourse of any kind in the name of protecting video games will just lead to stagnation. These abnegation of mature and responsible discourse can only result in both audience and creators walking away from the industry in search of one that will foster creativity and imaginative thinking.
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About Noir Trilbyone of us since 1:38 PM on 09.28.2010
Hi, I'm Noir Trilby, I have an unspeakable backlog, and I love Nintendo, Sony and PC gaming.
I'm currently playing
Tokyo Ghost Hunters
Monster Hunter IV
Project Zero V
Fallout New Vegas
Majora's Mask 3D
Vampire the Masquerade Redemption
Low G Man
Here's a dumb You Tube video I did of a funny Deus Ex: HR glitch talking to a headless woman.
Also, check out my weeaboo Pokemon Trainer video for X/Y.
I'm in the process of making it a fun channel of Let's Plays and examining meta narrative in gaming.
I also do a regular music blog called The Vinyl Countdown. You can check it out if you're curious.