Gamespot’s response to the backlash that they, and the game’s reviewer Carolyn Petit, got for their review of GTAV
This is just perfect.
Gamespot just earned a shit ton of respect from me.
I’m fucking tired of gaming communities saying “Gaming journalism is a joke!” and then gamers simultaneously flinging shit at journalists who actually critically analyze video gaming. This happens all the fucking time - gamers paradoxically want good journalists and journalists who don’t treat gaming as an art form. The end result is that if you take games “too seriously,” gamers lose their shit and treat you like you’re trying to “interject discourse that doesn’t exist in the first place.”
IT IS A VALID AND IMPORTANT CRITICISM THAT GTA V IS MISOGYNISTIC, OBJECTIFIES WOMEN, AND VIRTUALLY HAS NO ROOM FOR WOMEN BUT AS SEX OBJECTS. THIS IS A REAL PROBLEM IN THE SERIES THAT HAS EXISTED
FOR YEARSSINCE IT WAS FIRST CREATED, AND IT NEEDS TO BE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE SERIES WILL NOT RECEIVE PERFECT SCORES UNTIL THE GAME STARTS TO FIX THESE GLARING ISSUES
I love gaming, but I’m not about to sit around and let good game series get overhyped and pampered by their community. If gamers want video gaming to be taken seriously, they need to bite the bullet and allow social critique to enter gaming. Gaming often contributes directly back to misogyny, racism, etc. and we have major gender discrimination across the spectrum on gaming websites. Gaming is virtually stuck in the 1950s, with how gamers often treat gender topics and assert masculinity in competitive gaming.
A lot of people are sick and tired of it, and introducing a verified academic subject into a gaming review is not “stupid” - it’s an incredibly valid and important critique. The fact that the gaming community refuses to recognize that is utterly disgraceful.
Well Goddamn gamespot just stepped up and slapped these fuck ass misogynistic man children down and said “shut the fuck up, we aren’t going to listen to you and your bullshit anymore and if you don’t like it leave us the fuck alone and unsubscribe”
from now on they’ll be the main reviewers I go to for video game scores
Reblogging this again in case anyone missed it the first time around.
Yeah I’m really tired of seeing people talk about how great this game is while casually dismissing any criticism of the rampant misogyny within this individual game and the entire series. Like dudes want to take their games and shit so seriously until you say “Hey, could you NOT talk about using women as toilets?”. Then it’s “just a game”.
isn’t every single byte of any grand theft auto game literally just satire? like, every single little thing in the game?
Do you know what satire is?
"Satire isn’t satire when it’s not challenging the very thing it’s supposed to be mimicking. That’s just repetition"
Hazel’s half birthday is March 29th, which means today is her actual birthday. Happy birthday Hazel Grace!
if she’s still alive…
"Oh, you guys have an inside joke.
How absolutely wonderful for you both.”
When my friends leave me out of things.
It’s always hard trying to distinguish whether I really like being alone or if I’m just pretending because I often find myself to be.
How do I say “please pay attention to me, I’m lonely and in a shit mood” without sounding whiney?
new-new hair. i perpetually pose the exact same way in all my pictures ever and i look like velma ok bye
DAMN GIRL. You go. You be you. Yowzah ;)
u wanna go matt i’ll throw u into the sun
No seriously. Yowzah. I mean it sincerely.
Gorgeous girlyy <3
I get “fake geek girl” BS in job interviews. I have skipped applying for programming jobs because the ads promote the “bro-centric company culture,” where it is common to drink beer and no one complains about your naughty sense of humor. I have applied at companies that won’t interview me for the position that I’m qualified for because the type of programming that I do is more typical for guys and this other type over here that I don’t do is more typical for girls; in order to show how inclusive of women they are, they strongly encourage me to apply for [girl job] despite me being grossly overqualified for [boy job that I can’t be interviewed for]. I have gone to interviews where it is made clear to me that I’m the affirmative action candidate, that they were intrigued by my claim to play video games [which I was tested on], and then had the technical interviewer act astounded because during my whiteboarding exercise, I followed a coding standard that prevents a security breach and no other applicants did— and then not gotten the job. I have had jobs where my opinion was dismissed by my superiors who were less qualified than me, who repeatedly interrupted me during demos to tell me that I’m doing the demo wrong on a product that the interrupter has never used— and then gotten fired for calmly standing up to him.
So let me tell you why there are so few games with strong female protagonists and so few games with characters that women can identify with as idealized heroes: games are made by men for themselves.
Welcome to Tumblr.
Holy shit this is the most accurate post I have ever seen in my life
wait…this is a completely different gif set on my blog…
Reblog this and then check it on your Tumblr. Go on, do it.
What? How? O_O
I’m alive, I’m alive,
I am so alive,
And I feed on the fear
That’s behind your eyes
THIS POST IS THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYTHING ELSE ON TUMBLR RN
I love how much we all love everything about Harry Potter.
Like this is a gif of Harry untying his shoe, and we’re all like FUCK YEAH HARRY UNTYING HIS SHOE CHECK OUT HIS SHOE-TAKING-OFF SKILLZ YOU GO BOY!
it has literally gotten to the point that this fandom needs new material so bad that we are all reblogging a picture of harry untying his shoe
he’s not even using magic or anything
That’s some good shoe-porn, right there.