Gaming Equality, Meet Censorship

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Last week i wrote an article conveniently titled Gaming Equality for All”

In a nutshell it was based on the premise that most gamers are dicks to one another, use race against each other and certain genders are treated unfairly due to the amount of stereotypical bullshit that has plagued us since like, forever.  This is not a continuation of that article.  But it did lead me to a conversation with LadyCroft3 over at Linksaveszelda.  While commenting on that very article that preaches gamers rights I inadvertently called her a girl gamer  GASP!  I know right.  Here are those comments.

LadyCroft3:  in my experiences, even after I show my skills (this happens most to me in L4D and Halo, both of which I am amazing at) they just harass me out of anger because “the stupid girl” who they just made fun of beat them at “their” game. I too have been lucky enough to make some amazing friends, but at the same time I encounter more nastys than good people. I usually avoid it all by not using a mic and muting the lobby or being in a party (if I’m on the 360) so I don’t have to hear them in the first place. Messages are something I can’t stop though, and I have gotten some funny and awful ones.

Vitosal:  “Geez, that’s horrible. I don’t own a 360 but is there no way you can block users like on the ps3?”

LadyCroft3:  You can, but honestly I don’t feel like it’s as much of an issue on the PS3 since a lot of people don’t use mics.I don’t do a lot of MP on the PS3, but when I do I never get harassed. I don’t know if it’s due to a more mature community or what.

Vitosal:  “there’s a Microsoft joke somewhere in the your post lol. I wonder if it will be different on the PS4 and Xbox One? Being able to mute everyone, block users completely. Me personally, I’ve had no problem blocking a user on my PS3. It really does sadden me that girl gamers have to be subjected to this kind of crap.”

LadyCroft3:  “Lol well I do dislike MS as a company XD Blocking works, or muting, but what is boils down to is that I shouldn’t have to. No one should have to. It’s sad that so many gamers are so hateful to one another.”

Vitosal:  “agreed. What you said just sparked another idea for a post I’d like to write. I am actually backtracking here because i think i just fell into my own trap there by inadvertently calling you a girl gamer, implying there is a difference between a man and woman gamer which is going to lead me to my next post. I apologize for that.”

LadyCroft3:  “No worries, it happens a lot. I do appreciate that you realize it though, a lot of people see nothing wrong with the phrase, but it separates us into genders. We are all gamers, regardless of what we got going on between out legs :D

Ok now that we’re done with the “Previously On…” section, did you guys take note of what i did?  I called her a girl gamer.  Is this really a problem.  YES! As per LadyCroft3’s last comment it doesn’t matter what you have between your legs, you are a gamer.  I didn’t even know that I had done that until she commented afterwards.

I swear I have a point.  Would we still feel the same if something horrible was happening to a woman in a game?  Would everyone still want equality?

When i realized what had happened, the first thought that hit me, was a game where a young woman was about to get raped.  I’m not going to say what game it was but if you’re a gamer you’ll know by the main picture above.  Did you know that a whole lot of people were up in arms because a video game was depicting this kind of behavior?  Honestly, it made me feel rather uneasy too and here’s why.  As a man, I’ve been brought up to protect woman, because society and upbringing have programmed us to think that women need protection from bad things.  This is how it’s been for hundreds of years really, if you had to think about it.

That shit needs to change then.  Censorship on video games is one of the causes that we have labeled women that title, “girl gamers”  thus contributing, albeit in a round about way to the intolerance of other gamers.  Gamers want to have female leads, but don’t want them to get to roughed up.  That’s hypocritical in my opinion.  You can’t say all gamers are equal but then don’t want a female lead to get royally fucked up because it doesn’t look good.

tomb raiderThis is where i think the Tomb Raider reboot nailed it on the head.  She started off as a typical stereotype woman, who as the game progressed became a sufficient hunter, warrior and just a typically, not to be fucked with kind of person.  Crystal Dynamic’s wasn’t afraid to show how a woman could be drastically affected by the actions of others while enduring this whole new level of torture, and still come out on top.  BUT IT WAS THAT KIND OF STORY! I hear that annoying voice in the back there.  It wasn’t.  While very similar to Uncharted, i never felt that Lara was completely safe in this game unlike Nathan Drake who you knew would survive at the end of all his games.

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My point is that if we have censorship that controls what we can and cannot show in video games, like Nazi’s torturing Jews, hate crimes, woman getting rapped then we will never step out of the shadows of the past and no one will truly be equal because entertainment will tell us what’s right and what’s wrong.  Let’s start showing some real world violence, men get raped to you know,  Men also cry,  Not all black people speak ghetto.

We can’t all be truly equal if censorship forces us to see things a certain way.

What do you guys think?

The Liebster Award

liebsterblogawardWell, things do happen fast don’t they?  I’ve been exceptionally lucky to have met so many great people on the internet, especially here at WordPress.  Usually, i take Sunday off and just take a bit of “me time” but for some strange reason I decided to check my blog.  Imagine my surprise when i saw a link to Drakulus23’s site, Drakulus with a strange looking title.  Reading a little further down his article I saw…..what?….Oh…..It was a nomination for….yup the headline gave it away, the Liebster Award.  Nominated by Drakulus for yours truly i was actually stunned but not for the reason you might think.  Simply because Drakulus23 and I didn’t start off on the smoothest road, but have wound up becoming fast friends on this crazy little site called WordPress.  Thanks Drakulus, it is most appreciated.

While I am thanking people, lets kill two birds with one stone.  After being nominated by Drakulus23, I visited another one of our fellow bloggers who myself and Drakulus are getting to know quite well thanks to her active twitter feed, LadyCroft3 over at Linksaveszelda who Drakulus also nominated.  Imagine my stunned silence at this point, when i saw that she had also nominated Gamers Therapy for the Liebster Award.  I believe the first word out of my mouth was “.……………..” Yup, nothing.  My tongue was on the floor, my jaw twitching behind it.  So I guess thanks to Ladycroft3 as well for her nomination.  This means I have double the work load, however I am only going to nominate 11 bloggers and as per LadyCroft3’s advice, answer both sets of questions from each nominator right here instead of writing two separate articles.

The Liebster Award has a few rules that go along with a nomination. These rules must be followed in order to formally accept the nomination. There are only five associated with the Liebster Award, they are as follows:

  1. Post the Liebster Award graphic on your site.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated your blog.
  3. Answer the 11 questions from the post of the person (or persons) who nominated you.
  4. The nominee will nominate 11 other blogs.
  5. The nominee will then create 11 questions of their own for their nominated bloggers to answer in their Liebster post.

So with the long winded intro, and thanks out of the way, onto the questions.

First set of questions comes from Drakulus23:

1.  What’s your favorite game of all time? Not your second or third favorite but your favorite game ever. Let me know!

I’ve been gaming for a long time, I have many favorites…I guess it would have to Batman:  Arkham City.  I’m always going back to it for a quick fix.

2.  Where was your favorite place to go as a child?

Haha, as cliche as a gamer can be, i loved going to the arcade.  I would spend hours playing Metal Slug, Mortal Kombat and……Miss.  Pacman, yup, Miss.  Pacman. (on that note, see the movie Van Wilder for an awesome Miss.  Pacman Joke):-)

3.  Who do you look up to the most in life?

My wife, Debbie.  She’s strong, independent, tough and at the same time, sweet, tender and caring.  Without her, our little steam train would’ve run out of juice long ago.

4.  What’s your dream? Doctor, Lawyer, Serial Killer, etc :]

Honestly another cliche, but I’ve always wanted to write about games for a living and work at a place like IGN, Gamespot etc, etc.

5.  Have you ever farted in the middle of a crowd of people and blamed it on someone else? Be honest people

lol, honestly no, never done that.  I have farted silently and then watched everyone look around awkwardly while i giggled in silence.

6.  Name 5 things you want to do before you die.

I’d love to go skydiving, get my family out of South Africa, move to America, buy a house and be the best father I can be.

7.  Who’s your favorite Author?

I don’t really have one, but if I’d have to choose, i would say Dan Brown.  I love conspiracies.

8.  What’s your favorite comic book series?

Ultimate Spider-Man

9.  If you could have any super power what would it be? Would you use your powers for good, or evil?

Charles Xaviers Telepathy power and I’d use them for both.  Nothing to evil, but maybe do something to humiliate my employers.

10.  Imagine yourself in Fallout 3, what would you do?

I would kill myself.  In a game as boring as Fallout, what with all the walking, just put me out of my misery.  (expecting hate mail after that)

11.  How tall are you?

I’m actually quite short, 5,6″

Shoo, all those questions done and dusted.  Next set from Ladycroft3:

1.  If you were deserted on an island with only one game and one console (or PC I suppose), what would they be?

My PS3 and Mass Effect 2, simply because Mass Effect 2 is rich in story and has a crap load of content.

2.  What is your favorite gaming accessory? A guide, a headset, a special controller, something else?

I don’t have a favorite, but if i could i would get a Hauppauge HD video recorder so i can record gameplay.

3.  What is your favorite movie?

No, i can’t name one because all of them together make one excellent movie….Back To The Future.

4.  What is your favorite band?

I don’t have any favorites.  I love all music depending on my mood.

5.  What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Choclate

6.  Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

7.  If you are in school, what are your studying? If you aren’t, what would you like to study?

Journalism, graphic design and programming.

8.  Who would win in a fight, Nathan Drake or Lara Croft?

Hmmm, i think Nathan Drake would win hands down.

9.  What is your favorite/most meaningful possession?

My grandfathers ring, has the initials R.N.  Throughout our family every son has had their names start with an R.  The rings been passed down through each generation.

10.  If you could live anywhere in the world comfortable and free of charge, where would you live?

America.  I want me and Debz to walk through Central Park, get blinded by Times Square, grab a Star-Bucks coffee, read the New York Times and take a walk down Wall Street.

11.  Who is your favorite video game character?

Ezio Auditore da Firenze

Thanks again to LadyCroft3 and Drakulus23 for the nominations, I really do appreciate it and I am more than happy to try and assist my fellow bloggers.  So, here are my nominations for The Liebster Award, and I have taken some careful thought into this hence why it’s taken so long for this article to go up,

my opinion as a gamer

duck of indeed

aspiegaming

theryanblog!

I am Dean

My Two Caps

Author Seo Connor

The Ink Blot

The Cursed Son

The Chicago Dream

Down The Line

Here are my 11 questions and good luck!

1.  What Video Game would you most like to see get made into a successful movie?

2.  If a zombie apocalypse occurred what type of character do you think you  would be? (soldier, strategist, etc, etc)

3.  Do you think The Last Guardian will ever come out and why?

4.  Do you believe in censorship for games?

5.  Would you sell your console, if you had nothing else to sell to help starving kids?

6.  If you’re preferred console doomed itself would you move to the opposition?

7.  Who has more money, Bat-Man or Iron-Man?

8.  How do you feel about a characters race being changed for a film adaption and why?

9.  Are you a Templar or an Assassin and why?

10.  Do you think Duke Nukem will ever make a decent come back?

11.  Are you following Gamers Therapy?  (If no, explain why) 🙂