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Anita Sarkeesian dared to tweet about the lack of female protagonists in the XboxOne’s lineup.  She received measured, thoughtful responses.  Wait, the other thing.  (Remember, women protagonists don’t sell movies or games, which is why Aliens, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil (split male/female character choices), Portal, and Mass Effect (split male/female character choices but everyone loves FemShep) made no money at all.)

Farewell, Anti-Racism Dog.  I didn’t even know you were there until you were gone.

No Right Turn is labelling this fuckup by Labour MPs as “hypocrisy”.  I honestly don’t even know if they’re clever enough to be hypocrites.



  1. Rhinocrates

    I honestly don’t even know if they’re clever enough to be hypocrites.

    Alas, probably that is is brilliant.

  2. adam white

    What about all the role playing games were you can choice male or female characters or indeed World of Warcraft and all the other massive on-line games were women are in strong lead roles. I wonder if this why blizzard is having a behind the doors spat with Microsoft.

    OK I wrote the above – then read “Wait, the other thing” link – as a gamer I’m embarrassed, about what those guys wrote. I shouldn’t be surprised by the dick-heads and the macho misogynist crap – but for the love all things decent, it’s the 21st century – not the bloody dark ages. It’s things like this that make you realise that the backlash against women is across the board.

    unimaginative narrow minded males – the reason technology and society keep stalling…

    • QoT

      Sarkeesian is only, at this stage, covering the “damsel in distress” trope. It’s a series of videos. I’m sure, as someone who’s basically an expert in gender analysis of popular culture, she’ll get there.

      And once she does, there’s a hell of a lot of bad shit to talk about.