Guy gamers: privileged and misogynist?

Oh, these games really tick me off and make me feel disappointed in the male gamer population. When I read about this stuff, I wonder: What would they do if it was reversed? Can you imagine the outrage if feminists made a video game where you kicked guys in the balls?

Highly anticipated video game sequel glorifies violence towards women

In the game, Duke — a burly, blond action star-type known for his macho attitude, objectification of women, crude wisecracks and buckets of ultra-violence — faces down an onslaught of alien invaders bent on kidnapping and impregnating every female on the planet.

Even with a story that’s so purely camp, like something ripped out of a bad 1950s movie, anticipation over Duke’s return has reached a fever pitch among longtime gamers. But how will those same gamers feel about glorifying domestic violence?

According to a recent report by The Official Xbox Magazine (OXM), there’s at least one clear point of controversy: In the online “Capture the Babes” mode, if a “babe” can’t take the stress and “freaks out” while Duke saves her from alien rapists, he’ll have to “slap” some sense into her.

Some of the commenters are excusing the misogyny as just “controversy” or some harmful “butt slapping.” While most people see a red flag when misogyny raises its ugly head, these guys just see a women in need of a good f*ck or slap:

Duke Nukem Forever multiplayer replaces replaces flag with capturable, slappable women

Here’s another take on gamers:

Bioware tells straight men to “get over” being hit on by gay men in Dragon Age by Michael Jensen

…one gamer started a forum thread on the Bioware site complaining about having to put up with men hitting on him. Gee, now he knows how pretty much every woman in the world has felt at some point having to put up with unwanted advances from straight men. Poor baby.

Thanks for sticking up for us, Michael Jensen!!

And Bioware staffer responds to the situation:

And if there is any doubt why such an opinion might be met with hostility, it has to do with privilege. You can write it off as “political correctness” if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don’t see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what’s everyone’s fuss all about? That’s the way it should be, any everyone else should be used to not getting what they want.

And ends on this note:

And the person who says that the only way to please them is to restrict options for others is, if you ask me, the one who deserves it least. And that’s my opinion, expressed as politely as possible.

A guy who gets it – a true ally in the human race. Thanks!

And here’s another one – using women to stir up controversy. It intrigues me that companies can use women’s bodies to get sales – but women can’t use their own bodies to get money (then they’re called sluts, whores, hos and/or face disease, abuse and homicide and/or are “asking for it”). And  then the other irony – they can make men money (the use of scantily-clad women in ads to increase sales or as paying consumers of products, services, or medical care) -but when they marry these same men (CEOs or doctors, for example), they can be called gold diggers –nevermind it could have been women who made the man rich.

Racy Serena Williams commercial won’t appear on TV   (this is a commercial for a video game)