Tag Archives: misogyny

We’re In the Game: ‘FIFA 16’ To Include Women’s National Teams

Alex Morgan in ‘FIFA 16’

Last summer, Ubisoft explained that they didn’t include any female avatars in Assassin’s Creed: Unity because “It was really a lot of extra production work.” More animations, more voices, more everything. Though Ubisoft backed down from the “challenge” of including women (at least temporarily – it looks like Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate will include a female assassin), EA has stepped up to the plate, or, rather, the pitch: FIFA 16 will include women’s national teams for the first time in the series’ history.

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My Boyfriend Is Pro-GamerGate, and Other Thoughts On An Endless Conflict

Important: The views, opinions, and positions expressed by the author in this article are her own and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, and positions of The Daily Geekette.

My boyfriend is pro-GamerGate.

For some of the people reading this article, that single statement is enough – enough to decide, one way or another, the kind of person that my boyfriend is. On the one hand, some of you might be surprised that I’m dating him, and may assume he’s a person fighting against equality, committed to keeping gaming the province of white men rather than helping the industry open itself up to women and minorities. On the other hand, some of you may now have an improved opinion of him, and think he’s fighting for ethics in game journalism and against the “scare tactics” of anti-GamerGate leaders like Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu. The problem is that my boyfriend is really neither of these things. And that’s what I want to talk about.

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“Are Video Games Sexist?” Video Read Along!

Recently, a video was published on the American Enterprise Institute’s youtube channel entitled, “Are Video Games Sexist?” This video is the latest in the series “Factual Feminist,” hosted by ‘resident scholar’ Christina Hoff-Sommers. AEI is a private think tank that, according to their website, is “committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity and strengthening free enterprise.” A feminist scholar, from a think tank promoting individual opportunity, commenting on sexism in the video game industry? Fantastic!

Turns out, I was way, way, off the mark. Check out the video below, and follow along as I discuss some of the more controversial ideas in it:

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Quinntastrophe: ‘#gamergate’ and the Future of the Industry

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I am for women who play video games. In fact, I am for anyone, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religion, who wants to take part in a medium that has brought so much joy to and instilled so much passion in millions of people.

And I am for gamers.

For those of you familiar with the ‘gamergate’ controversy of the past few weeks, my statements above might seem contradictory. Don’t ‘gamers’ stand against equality for everyone? Aren’t ‘gamers’ misogynist assholes?

For those of you unfamiliar with the swirling chaos of finger-pointing and regressive arguing that has made up #gamergate, you might be confused as to what the problem is. If you fall into this category, let me set the stage:

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Epic Boss Fight: “Them” vs. “Us”

Earlier this week an article hit the web that made me literally jump up and down and squee in excited giddiness. “Adult Women are now the Largest Demographic in Gaming,” the headline read, and my fellow geekettes and I were ecstatic to present the findings enclosed within the post. Maybe now — maybe with numbers — people would realize that their stereotypes are ridiculous, unfounded, and outdated. Maybe now women wouldn’t be scoffed at whenever they say they enjoy gaming. Maybe now I can claim the title gamer without being interrogated as to every game on the market, even though I have only a few specific titles that I have the time and energy to spend my time on. Maybe — just maybe — I could hope for a little bit more respect as a woman in a world that I love.

Wishful thinking, huh?

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