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No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

thisfeliciaday:

This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

Important article and great follow up. Thank you to all who are contributing to this important discussion.

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"Working is hard, but thinking about working is pretty fun. The result is the software industry."

Paul Ford (via chipotle)

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datenighto:

We meet again, lovely Date Nightos! Every week, we have the urge to call a character “one of our favorites,” but that applies to all of them! This week, we’d like to introduce you to one of our favorites:
MASON
Mason is A Cat’s Paw’s chef. To most in the cafe, Mason is a woman of very few words. Her stature and gruff demeanor scare most out of talking to her, and she likes it that way. Mason sometimes has trouble expressing herself, and doesn’t always realize her reputation makes different statements than she intends. 
For all of her scowling, Mason loves her job. Cooking is a great passion of hers. She loves baking above everything else, though she would never admit it to you directly. 

Oh my gosh … 😳

datenighto:

We meet again, lovely Date Nightos! Every week, we have the urge to call a character “one of our favorites,” but that applies to all of them! This week, we’d like to introduce you to one of our favorites:

MASON

Mason is A Cat’s Paw’s chef. To most in the cafe, Mason is a woman of very few words. Her stature and gruff demeanor scare most out of talking to her, and she likes it that way. Mason sometimes has trouble expressing herself, and doesn’t always realize her reputation makes different statements than she intends.


For all of her scowling, Mason loves her job. Cooking is a great passion of hers. She loves baking above everything else, though she would never admit it to you directly.

Oh my gosh … 😳

vgjunk:

And that’s it, the World Cup is over and what a wonderful tournament it was. Congratulations to Germany, and roll on the new season!

vgjunk:

And that’s it, the World Cup is over and what a wonderful tournament it was. Congratulations to Germany, and roll on the new season!

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What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.

Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.

And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.

How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.

Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.

This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.

Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.

They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility.

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BioWare EA Writer David Gaider speaking on sexism and sexuality in video games. (via lolitsgabe)

also known as “Why I Love And Support BioWare Games”

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Bioware ain’t perfect, but good gosh it does give me the warm fuzzies when one of their crew knocks it out of the park.

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Seeking Roommate for Brooklyn Apt

the-full-grohac:

Hey everyone,

I’m seeking a roommate for my 2BR Crazy apartment here in Brooklyn, NY.

The landlord requires the person moving in to be added to the lease (which ends mid next year). I can’t do anything about this. My hands are totally tied so don’t ask if I can just have you take the bedroom…

Let’s get some shit done today

Let’s get some shit done today

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mattahan:

Cannot be stressed enough.

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Ask Blog

I have an ask blog at konistehask if you ever wanted to know something about like, being in the game industry or whatever.

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isammakesstuff:

I just posted the first 12 pages of the web-comic I’ve been working on called CHAINSAW. After a long hiatus due to poor planning i finally decided to re-boot the whole thing. I’m determined to not let this new iteration suffer the same fate as it’s half baked predecessor. Wish me luck.
it might not look like much right now, but it will hopefully get better as i keep learning how to write and draw better. Hopefully…
Slightly NSFW for language and violence but nothing too cruel or distasteful. In my standards at least.
Updates every Monday.
www.chainsawcomic.com

Isam is awesome and his work is always killer. Check this our for sure.

isammakesstuff:

I just posted the first 12 pages of the web-comic I’ve been working on called CHAINSAW. After a long hiatus due to poor planning i finally decided to re-boot the whole thing. I’m determined to not let this new iteration suffer the same fate as it’s half baked predecessor. Wish me luck.

it might not look like much right now, but it will hopefully get better as i keep learning how to write and draw better. Hopefully…

Slightly NSFW for language and violence but nothing too cruel or distasteful. In my standards at least.

Updates every Monday.

www.chainsawcomic.com

Isam is awesome and his work is always killer. Check this our for sure.

"I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things."

Amy Poehler (via larmoyante)

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datenighto:

We know you’ve been pining for more Hustle Cats, and your wishes have been answered! We’re going to continue the character introductions with the wonderful dreamboats that Avery can date! 
Starting off the pack is:
LANDRY
Landry is the second-in-command at A Cat’s Paw, though it’s debatable whether he was actually appointed this title or if he assumed it for himself. 
 
Landry is quick to make friends, and his warm and sunny disposition will make almost anyone smile. He adores and dotes on the rest of the staff— perhaps worrying about them and their lives a little too much sometimes. 
Landry is great with his hands and takes great pride in the things he builds. He loves nothing more than tackling a challenge head-on, but sometimes he can be overzealous in his problem-solving. He has a terrible habit of taking on more than he can handle, and though it usually works out for him in the end, there’s surely only so much strain he can balance on his broad shoulders. 

Gosh, Lindsay and Kasey are just killing it with these Hustle Cat goodies!

datenighto:

We know you’ve been pining for more Hustle Cats, and your wishes have been answered! We’re going to continue the character introductions with the wonderful dreamboats that Avery can date! 

Starting off the pack is:

LANDRY

Landry is the second-in-command at A Cat’s Paw, though it’s debatable whether he was actually appointed this title or if he assumed it for himself.

Landry is quick to make friends, and his warm and sunny disposition will make almost anyone smile. He adores and dotes on the rest of the staff— perhaps worrying about them and their lives a little too much sometimes.

Landry is great with his hands and takes great pride in the things he builds. He loves nothing more than tackling a challenge head-on, but sometimes he can be overzealous in his problem-solving. He has a terrible habit of taking on more than he can handle, and though it usually works out for him in the end, there’s surely only so much strain he can balance on his broad shoulders.

Gosh, Lindsay and Kasey are just killing it with these Hustle Cat goodies!

datenighto:

We’ve hinted, but now the cat’s out of the bag! 

To get into the spirit of E3 and projectindie3, we figured it was about time to start formally introducing you to our upcoming game, Hustle Cat!  


HUSTLE CAT 
You are Avery Grey, the newest hire at a cat cafe in a new city. Your co-workers seem nice, but you notice some of the cats are acting strangely. Before long, you’re starting to feel a little cat-like yourself… 

AVERY GREY
Pictured above is the hero of our story, Avery! 

Avery tries their best, but is ultimately kind of a flake. They have a bad tendency of making big plans and never following through. They’re also notoriously bad at doing basic things like cleaning their apartment, or leaving the house, or eating real meals…
They don’t have a lot of friends because they don’t go out much, but when push comes to shove, they care a lot about others- perhaps more than they do about their own well-being. 

Others find Avery to be very warm and friendly, and are drawn to their honest, gregarious nature, in spite of all their other flaws.

Players will have the ability to choose between two avatars and three pronouns (he/him, she/her, they/their) for Avery. The narrative and paths are not affected by these options. 

Join Avery as they traverse the mysteries of A Cat’s Paw, and get to know (and possibly romance) their coworkers!  
And join us for more character introductions and news in the upcoming weeks!

datenighto:

We’ve hinted, but now the cat’s out of the bag!

To get into the spirit of E3 and projectindie3, we figured it was about time to start formally introducing you to our upcoming game, Hustle Cat!  

HUSTLE CAT

You are Avery Grey, the newest hire at a cat cafe in a new city. Your co-workers seem nice, but you notice some of the cats are acting strangely. Before long, you’re starting to feel a little cat-like yourself…

AVERY GREY

Pictured above is the hero of our story, Avery!

Avery tries their best, but is ultimately kind of a flake. They have a bad tendency of making big plans and never following through. They’re also notoriously bad at doing basic things like cleaning their apartment, or leaving the house, or eating real meals…

They don’t have a lot of friends because they don’t go out much, but when push comes to shove, they care a lot about others- perhaps more than they do about their own well-being.

Others find Avery to be very warm and friendly, and are drawn to their honest, gregarious nature, in spite of all their other flaws.

Players will have the ability to choose between two avatars and three pronouns (he/him, she/her, they/their) for Avery. The narrative and paths are not affected by these options.

Join Avery as they traverse the mysteries of A Cat’s Paw, and get to know (and possibly romance) their coworkers!  

And join us for more character introductions and news in the upcoming weeks!

ananthymous:

ananthymous:

The Kickstarter for our latest collection, CUTTINGS, is now live!
CUTTINGS is a striking new hardcover collection that includes color fiction Johnny Wander shorts & never before seen art from Yuko Ota!
There’s a STANDARD and LTD edition available, as well as a bunch of other rewards (including previous books in our library)! 
We’re really excited about this book! Thanks for reading!

24 hours left to back CUTTINGS! This thing has been bananas, thanks everyone who’s already picked a copy up!

ananthymous:

ananthymous:

The Kickstarter for our latest collection, CUTTINGS, is now live!

CUTTINGS is a striking new hardcover collection that includes color fiction Johnny Wander shorts & never before seen art from Yuko Ota!

There’s a STANDARD and LTD edition available, as well as a bunch of other rewards (including previous books in our library)! 

We’re really excited about this book! Thanks for reading!

24 hours left to back CUTTINGS! This thing has been bananas, thanks everyone who’s already picked a copy up!

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datenighto:

mineraloid:

I don’t think I’ve really talked about it outside of twitter, but I’m writing a game right now for Date Nighto! It’s called Hustle Cat, and it’s a visual novel where you play as Avery Grey, who can look like either of these two adorable babies up here. I won’t be doing the in-game art— PK readers will recognize some amazing work by by ahvia in the game — but that doesn’t mean I can’t draw fanart of my favorite trash angel.  That’s about all I’ll say for this now, but you’ll be hearing from me with more later! 

Did you know? You do now! Get hype!!

datenighto:

mineraloid:

I don’t think I’ve really talked about it outside of twitter, but I’m writing a game right now for Date Nighto! It’s called Hustle Cat, and it’s a visual novel where you play as Avery Grey, who can look like either of these two adorable babies up here. I won’t be doing the in-game art— PK readers will recognize some amazing work by by ahvia in the game — but that doesn’t mean I can’t draw fanart of my favorite trash angel.  That’s about all I’ll say for this now, but you’ll be hearing from me with more later!

Did you know? You do now! Get hype!!