|Men are Entitled to see Samus without her Suit on. Your point is?|
|Killing loads of dudes. Okay. Banging two chicks. NOT okay.|
Note that, while the consumption of women makes male characters more powerful it has nothing to do with mutual relationship building. The “relationship,” such as it is, ends with sex, or rescuing the woman. At that point, she has served her purpose. Players have reaped the benefits and her value has been depleted. Like an empty energy drink container, she is simply cast aside after being consumed.Does that sound familiar? That's because this ENTIRE SECTION is just a retreading of her arguments in the "Women as Background Decoration," two entire videos that can be summed up with "Females NPCs have no depth, and there should NEVER be any sex workers in any video games EVER). And again, like in the "Women as Background Decoration" video, the counter argument remains the same. See, three of these games are considered "Dark Fantasies" or "Low Fantasies" and are dark, gritty, brutal versions of the more Tolkien "High Fantasy." One of the elements of "Dark Fantasies" is that life is horrible, you can die at any moment because the world large doesn't care for you and the only rule of law is might makes right. Conan, God of War, and the Witcher are all "Dark Fantasies" and in these worlds the only way for some women to survive is to offer their bodies in exchange for compensation (either as gold or security). You can argue that this is sexist, but that is just the world that these games create and the designers are not passing any judgment on the morality of such a world. They are merely presenting it as an environment the player must navigate. Adding experience points to the acts of saving half naked women or having sex with them, is merely a method of guiding the players actions so that they are in line with the personality of the character they are playing as. Notice how in each of these games you are not playing as a faceless protagonist but rather as a full character with their own motivations. Now Grand Theft Auto on the other hand is a game about the criminal underworld and the darker side of modern day society. And one of those elements is prostitutes.
Speaking of prostitutes, Anita bitches that there is no "relationship" between these characters, only sex......... Well DUH! They are having sex with prostitutes NOT THEIR SIGNIFICANT OTHER! It's a business transaction, and once the sex is over the transaction is complete. Yeah, the man casts aside the woman once the sex is done, but then again the WOMAN also casts aside THE MAN! She is just as uninterested about building a relationship as the man, yet why is it the MAN that is the bad guy here?
|Does ANYONE remember this game?|
...The discovered magazines are then stored in the game’s inventory and are available to be perused at the player’s whim....And over:
...Players can look through the images at their leisure...And OVER again:
...these pornographic collectibles are saved in the player’s inventory and are available to be ogled at anytime...My GOD, what does she think gamers DO while playing games? She really makes it sound like the majority of playtime in these games are solely dedicated at looking at these pictures with players going, "YEAH! I have conquered these women! And LOOK I can look at these woman any time I want! I am so manly right now!" You know, instead of actually PLAYING the game or just going on the internet to find free porn. Seriously, these collectibles are bad ONLY because they have naked ladies the player can look at. In an M rated game. This argument makes no sense at all.
|Play Station Trophies. The most Sexist thing in existence.|
So once again we go back to God of War, because every single game in the series that has been released after Sony has set up Trophies has a Trophy for finding and completing the sex minigame in each game. And for that Anita has this little gem to say:
Just so we’re clear on what’s happening here, players are receiving a literal trophy for “achieving sex” with a woman.For a woman who says that she spends months on her videos so that every word is carefully selected so that there is no way a counterargument can be made against her, you apparently don't know what the word LITERAL means. No Anita, when I get to that sex scene in God of War, a woman doesn't appear right in front of me so that she we can have sexual intercourse, and my Play Station 4 doesn't materialize an actual Trophy to give me for my efforts! So no, Players are NOT receiving a LITERAL trophy for "achieving sex," you dunce.
Let me emphasize that the problem here is not necessarily that sex is included in these games.THAT IS THE PROBLEM YOU'VE HAD WITH THESE GAMES FOR THE PAST 3 VIDEOS!
These “trophy women” then serve as a way for men to assert their social status among and relative to other men.I'm PRETTY SURE, that most gamers don't go on Xbox Live to measure their gaming cock against the Gamerscore of other players, let alone go through their achievement list to find the handful of games that give you an achievement for banging a woman, just to count how many times this person's "virtual sexual conquests." Seriously, the way Anita makes it sound is that Achievements and Trophies are SOLELY given out for dominating female characters. BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
|Apparently, being against Bravely Default's Censorship is just male entitlement...Huh?|
Angry backlash from straight male players also materializes when Western releases of Japanese games place women in slightly less revealing outfits, or increase the age of young sexualized female characters to 18.Okay.... Okay.... Okay... I've played Bravely Default, and I didn't know about the changes made to the Western release until after I've beaten it and saw "Did You Know Gaming" Five Facts video about censorship. Now, how Anita put it makes it sound like gamers, particularly straight male gamers as she so painstakingly clarified, where angry because they could not put under age "SEXUALIZED" girls into more revealing outfits... Anita, this is an example of why people find it hard to belief that you are in ANY WAY a gamer, because the backlash wasn't because gamers wanted to objectify underage female bodies, it was because gamers don't like CENSORSHIP!
For SEVERAL years Western gamers have had to deal with Japanese video games being changed and censored because Publishers didn't want to "offend" us or because they need to be changed to cater to our tastes. Some games NEVER made it over the ocean because they where considered "Inappropriate." The most extreme example would be the original Persona, which had MASSIVE changes to make it more Western and even removed an entire quest line because of it's content. Persona 2 Innocent Sin never made it over initially because at one point in the game you are fighting Hitler. Shin Megami Tensei, one of the biggest RPG names in modern gaming, NEVER saw the light of day in the West for several years.
So when Bravely Default was going to have some changes made, people where afraid that this would result in a poorer product. Something less than what the original vision of the game was. In fact, some people when they learned about the changes where more accepting, others where still against it but not because they wanted to put a 17 year old Agnes and a 15 year old Edea in a more revealing Bravo Bikini rather because they are against the idea of censorship. And finally, THESE characters are sexualized!? SERIOUSLY!
|Seriously, Anita's Definition of Sexualized is getting REALLY stretched.|
"What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." -Christopher HitchensNow, true I could have said this at the beginning and saved us ALL a lot of trouble, but I still feel that it is necessary to show why, even IF she had some research the effects of Woman as Reward on Male Entitlement, her entire premise is fundamentally flawed as she doesn't understand the games she critiques nor does she understand the gamers she claims to be speaking on the behalf of. I can only hope that we are seeing the downward spiral of a woman who has spouted off nonsense for 3 years and have nothing to show for it.
The SOURCE of the Insanity: http://feministfrequency.com/2015/08/31/women-as-reward/#more-33484
Until Next Time.
Armored Skeptic for creating this, and Sargon of Akkad for sharing.