Notable actress and Ubisoft E3 representative Aisha Tyler last year posted a widespread Facebook note proclaiming to the world how much of a hardcore gamer she is and how lame certain parts of the gaming community are. She references this note even now! Go read the note before reading the rest of the article. You don't have to Like it or anything.
First off, she's takin' quite a few liberties with who she presumes her audience to be, but she's probably right for the most part. After all, she's older than the age of the average gamer (35). No idea how you can be a "dorm champ at Leisure Suit Larry" since it's an adventure game and all. Those don't take skill, just knowledge/memorization. Or a guide. Anyway, being a gamer isn't being about irresponsible. Yes, some gamers are irresponsible, but there's nothing unique about a gamer's dedication to gaming than that of a hobbyist of any other sort. In other words, everyone can be a bit irresponsible. So missing movies you've paid for because you're busy playing the arcade in the lobby is no more noble than a car enthusiast driving in circles in the theatre parking lot!
|"You're gonna die tonight motherfucker!"|
Hey, you voice-acted two videogames? So did I! And I developed them too! And I didn't get any money from that. I did it out of the joys of game design. Especially scenario-based game design. All you do is consume content, while you're bashing many people who actually produce content and create value. And for the record, don't act like the game industry isn't a "real job". There are many different sub-sections of the game industry — journalism is one such section, and a particularly important one.
One particular issue I have with Aisha Tyler, and perhaps the underlying reason for this article, is that she's the ultimate product of the feminist/women's liberation movement. She's the dream. An empowered independent black woman who...ultimately aspires to be just like a man. Really? That's the end goal? "Girl wood"? Listen, I may not know much about anatomy, but girls do not get wood.
|Wood is for men, like Wood Man.|
What's the point if you're just trying to go from two distinct genders to becoming just like men? What happened to embracing your differences? We're not equal in the sense that we're similar. We're dissimilar, but it's in our unique differences that we're created equal, and how we use those differences that merit springs. Popularizing "girl wood" just means that you aspire to become a man, but you can't. Because you're a girl. Who can't have wood. It's a self-defeating premise and a self-defeating goal. It culminates to a miserable inferior existence.
You don't need to appeal to the perceived lowest denominator of "noob jackholes". A lot of the consumer base of the game industry are composed of gals now. But people like Aisha Tyler are perpetuating that it's a male-dominated environment. It's not a male thing. It's a dumbass thing. That's not exclusive to a gender. It's not "only males are allowed to enjoy Xbox Live", it's "only dumbasses enjoy it." ...At least in the way we're talking about.
Here's a thought, though. You could hang out with games and systems that aren't in existence because of dumbasses. I hear Miiverse is relatively nice. You claim to play "all the consoles", so surely that includes the Wii U, right? You should already be on Miiverse, then!
It's not a sexism-dominated culture. It's a jerkass one. Anita Sarkeesian doesn't recognize that.