With all the heat Anita Sarkeesian gets for her Tropes series, you’d think it was a new topic, but Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert had a discussion on a similar theme when they were talking about the influx of slasher movies on their show in 1980.


34 years later and this is STILL relevant

We here at GamerGate despise politically-motivated censorship. Anyway, if you disagree with us we will convince major companies to remove all advertising from your website as punishment and hope you get fired…

Idea for a Mass Effect mod: a outraged Redditor following you around, yelling at you if you’re Paragon

Commander Shepard: ”I think you should stop being racist to Quarians, racist Citadel cop.”

Redditor bursts in and yells, “What is this, some social justice bullshit!?”

I once saw a game’s shitty sexualized characters be defended as necessary…

…because different classes need different silhouettes

Look at TF2: a Heavy, Sniper and Pyro can’t possibly be confused, every class is identifiable by silhouettes alone

Problem: if the male of a class is hulking and large, and the women are basically just the same identical sexy archetype, doesn’t that…hurt recognition?

You can tell they’re female at a distance but if they look that different from men of that class it’d be impossible to tell easily what class they are. Especially if the female characters all have similar body types (as they do)

Imagine if TF2 updated so that you could play as a female of each class, but they were all the size of Scout. You wouldn’t be able to tell apart a female Heavy from a female Medic anymore. Like, c’mon

And either way this game was, from what I recall, a MMORPG and not a FPS so it’s not like you need to be able to recognize characters as quickly anyway


"can i come in?"

"i don’t know, can you?”

cursing quietly, the vampire backed away, foiled yet again by the english teacher’s pedantry