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Gender Bender, Bender Gender

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Little bit about myself before I dive into the core of this little write up today! I'm a happily married man of 28 years old. My wife, and community member Malika Chan, and I love each other very much. We love our cat children (we have 2), we love watching movies and tv series together (including anime), and we love playing video games (Mario Kart nights on the Switch are always a real treat)! 

I've spent a lot of time poking around the internet, keeping tabs with some of my favorite writers, especially former Dtoid legend Jim Sterling. Aside from all the drama regarding micro-transactions and corporate greed, I've been thinking a lot lately on the concept of the "casual" gamer...how quickly, and rudely I might add, individuals are to label females as a poison on the gaming community, and how they have brought down the quality and intensity that makes video game medium ELITE. 

...really?

Pardon my vulgar epression...but come the fuck on. Now truly, this is but a small sampling of stuck up, probably socially inept individuals that Jim found on the internet...but again, really

The year is 2017, and video games have never been as popular as they are right now. This is due in large part, to the fact that they now appeal to a broad audience - people of all ages and preferences. Men and women alike can go to work and talk up the joys of running wild in Super Mario Odyssey, while mocking the overwhelming backlash against EA and their selfish, lust for greed. Why oh why is gender even a factor in this time and age?

It's a ridiculous sentiment, to say the least. Personally, I've grown up idolizing women in gaming - every chance I had to choose a gender to affiliate with in games, it was a norm for me to go the female route. It wasn't sexual or perverse...I've always been a very feminine individual, and forgoing the persona of a female character always appealed to me more. Is that such a bad thing?

There are certainly complications that arise when we think of gender neutrality in video games. Often times, woman characters in games are overly sexualized, which has been the case for years and years. I however, always viewed woman characters as something special - a chance to learn and grow. I've always been a fairly introverted individual, so interacting with female and male characters alike proved as a means for me to understand the twists and turns of gender (at least, in the eyes of the perspective game's developer/writer). 

I used to LOVE playing the Harvest Moon series - tending the the family farm, learning how to balance and spend money, learning ways to interact with others and of course, finding a spouse. We're not talking about a clear cut linear path to the end goal here - we're talking multiple personalities, multiple events, multiple options to build relationships. These games really taught me a lot about perspective, about relationship building, and about life in general. 

It's about having respect. Respect for characters. Respect for the story. Respect for the bigger picture, the enduring meaning and purpose. When you take a step back, gender doesn't really reflect on this at all.

This has been my stance ever since I was in high school - battling with the stereotypes of gender. I used to wear girl jeans with my friends, go shopping for nice clothes, and embrace my more feminine side. Hell, a friend of mine (transgender now), even drug me to go see the midnight premiere of Sex And The City. It was never a question of right or wrong...better or worse...guy or girl...I just did what I felt comfortable with. 

At the end of the day, I'm just me. I love my female avatars (Lusamine is still my favorite Pokemon villain ever), I enjoy watching Friends with my wife. I enjoy cuddling up with soft blankets and sipping a nice hot drink. I also enjoy farting on my wife, watching sports (although the Chiefs are absolutely terrible), and blowing up/ripping the hearts out of demons in Doom

...wait, women like that too, don't they?

 

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About JuIc3one of us since 9:12 AM on 02.12.2017

Middle aged teacher, otaku and gaming nerd, JuIc3 is somewhat of a lost Destructoid relic that just doesn't know what to do with himself.

Former Community-Manager/Editor here at Destructoid, I now take solace in the community, where I sparingly blog about whatever the hell strikes up my fancy.

If you like my stuff, be sure to check out my wife, Malika chan. Contrary to popular opinion, we aren't conjoined twins or anything like that. That would certainly make things awkward.

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Anime reviews guideline - I rate my anime series with stars. Star ratings correspond as follows:

★★★★★ - a true masterpiece! An enticing story, amazing visuals, and characters that will stick with you forever. There are few out there that achieve this level of excellence.

★★★★ - a fine show. Some little quirks or pacing issues, but nothing to ruin the overall presentation. The show is bound to have many fans, and should be relevant for years to come.

★★★ - good, but not amazing. Noticeable flaws that will keep the show from truly being embraced by the masses. Likely to have a favorable following, with many good elements to be observed.

★★ - a weaker offering. Features some enjoyable moments, but overall feels very flat and bland. Lacking of originality, a strong hook, and features characters that are forgettable.

★ - anime was a mistake. No coherent point of interest or pacing to be found. Lacking in style, taste, and talent. Don't go near it, for your own safety...