Abyssal Pixels: Touchy Subjects
So, it’s the day GTA V releases. Of course, while writing this, it’s still the day before and I’m still jumping up and down on my bed with my pigtails braided and my stuffed elephant being hugged in anticipation for when the game arrives on my doorstep. Inb4, I don’t get it on the day you’re reading this and a violent murder has taken place at a courier depot. Regardless, I have to talk to you all today about something because of professional obligations and shit, so I would like to talk about some sensitive topics.
Since gaming’s inception it has always been somewhat shrouded in controversy. I truly can not think of a time when gaming was just simply left alone and respected as a medium. It’s always something. One day it corrupts the minds of children and the next day it’s a misogynistic mess. The controversy fluctuates so much that it makes my head spin. Most of the time it’s the fault of irrational ignorance by people that have never invested time in the thing they are slamming. Often times it’s a domestic problem where gamers attack games that have offended them in some way. I’m going to provide my opinion on some of these topics, at great risk to myself.
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First off is the classic. Games corrupt children and turn them into violent murderers. This one is simple because it’s complete and utter bullshit. I’ve been observing people that have do not know about games and they always (ALWAYS) say that it is “harmful to children”. My question is this: why the hell are children playing these games? It always baffled me how people always assume that children are guaranteed to play violent games when they really should not. Have parents never heard of Skylanders or the newest Toy Story game? It all comes down to parenting.
To me it’s obvious. A child will certainly not walk into a store alone and buy a game with their own money. A parent has to be there. When they pick up that copy of Call of Duty, can they not see the big ass warning label saying “only for people over 18” and then reading the back and seeing the words “shooting” and “war”? If I was a parent of a 12 year old, I would flat out refuse to buy such a thing for my child. You know why? Because it’s irresponsible. I’m sorry, if a parent is so oblivious to the actions of their child then that kid has much bigger problems than a stupid shooting game. Stop blaming gaming for parent irresponsibility, it makes you look dumb.
On to the next one: misogyny. This may be controversial, but I think it’s being blown way out of proportion. I fully acknowledge that there’s a problem and there needs to be a solution, but now it’s bordering on irrational. When GTA’s creators were asked why there isn’t a female protagonist, I couldn’t help but wonder how that would played out if it actually happened. What were their options? I cannot imagine that it will have worked out well if there was a female lead. They were going to be burned in one way or another. The way I see it, they went the best route with their decision. Not because I’m sexist or a misogynistic pig, but because it made the most sense, artistically.
Also, the abuse of women working in the gaming industry. Really? Men, if you are guilty of this, may you please report to head office and turn in your man card? What is this, 1974? This all seems borderline juvenile to me. It shows the immaturity and stupidity of some men in the gaming industry. Respect your peers, is that so hard to do? These guys need to be punished in some way just to weed out the bad crops from an otherwise great industry.
A rocky opinion that I have is that females in the gaming industry should not be given special treatment. Again, not because I’m a misogynistic pig, but because I believe that everybody should be judged on their work equally. A game shouldn’t have the tagline “it was made by a woman!”, but rather “it was made by an artistic game designer”. I believe in equality and it’s stupid that it has to be hindered because a bunch of silly old men could not keep their minds off their pants for a while. Grow a pair of balls, fellas, because you are putting our gender to shame with your incessant stupidity.
Then finally I would like to cover the topic of controversial ideas in games. Questionable ideologies and motives mostly. I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of sick playing the good guy so many times. There are numerous anti-heroes, but they still have that “human side” to them. I would like a game where I was a complete bastard just hell bent on inflicting as much pain as possible. Not just physical pain, but really screwing with people’s minds and lives. We are stuck in a little comfort zone that has developed and we rarely get to go outside of it. I want an experience I haven’t had before and if that means that it involves me doing horrible things that I would shy away from doing, then I say bring it on.
People need to be taken out of their comfort zone because no great art has ever come from comfort. Sure, some people might be reluctant, but it would broaden our horizons so much with regards to gaming being seen as art, that it would only bring greatness. Basically I want a game where you play as Walter White. If you watched the latest season, then you would understand. Constant conflict of emotions.
So there are a bunch of controversial topics for you to ponder about. I gave you my side, so I would like to hear yours. I pride myself on having an open mind so if you disagree with me on something then please share it with me. That’s if everybody isn’t off playing GTA V already.