Jon Snow interviews Charlie Brooker on Channel 4 News [x]
YOU KNOW NOTHING, JON SNOW
reblogging for jersh
There was a good 101 piece in Polygon recently (you’ve mostly already read it; Girls Play Videogames, Marketing Is Sexist, Intersectionality Doesn’t Exist is probably a good short summary) that nevertheless surprised me because:
1) I did not know that Myst’s initial player base was overwhelmingly female.
2) I didn’t know that Sim City’s player base was more female than male.
3) I didn’t know the incredibly sexist origins of the Live In Your World commercials. Holy wow.
4) Never having played the Sierra Entertainment games, I did not know they were female designed and often casually female focused.
Like, I completely get, and in fact furiously agree with as a casual gamer, that casual games are games. Nevertheless, I think we’d feel that something weird was going on if men were the only ones who went to big-budget Hollywood movies, and women exclusively watched arthouse cinema and straight-to-DVD Disney sequels, which is basically my experience of the wider world of casual gaming. But knowing that Myst and Sim City and freakin’ King’s Quest were both initially very, very female infuriates and delights me. No one’s going to argue that those are niche products, fake products, casual games. Those are the real deal. And we were shoved out of them with both elbows! Because gaming is for dudes, so let’s make more games for dudes, and then be surprised and fatalistic when games for dudes don’t sell to women, which is how we get to the point in the gifset above where women-centric games are not real games! Also, what are women doing announcing baseball anyway? Fuck those women. Pass cigars.