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    [–] At E3, SoulCalibur's Objectified Women Felt Like A Relic Of The Past NYstate 1 points ago in Games

    A person shouldn't try to identify with a videogame character.

    I'm unsure why you'd think this. Video games is an interactive medium, it benefits more than any other from having characters the player can identify with.

    Stop. Just stop. No videogames are entertainment. Period. You enjoy it because it's entertainment. I have never played a game a said: "I can indentify with this person!" Listen, I've been black all of my life, and I have never found a character that I Identified with. Although I never tried. why? Because I play games to have fun, entertain and relax. I'm not role-playing, I'm playing. I can't relate to Master Chief because I'm not a 7ft cyborg.

    Fighting games especially are all about character and character design, many people have strong relationships with the characters they main.

    Yes because they like the character. My two favorite Street Fighter charcaters are Ken Masters and Chun-Li. How do I identify with them? I don't, but I get caught up in their storylines. Listen, there's nothing with identifying with a character, if that's your thing, but a creator dosen't have to mold a game to make it relatable to you. Nathan Drake dosen't need to be Asian or trasngender he just has to be enjoyable.

    I'm not saying you can't ever have unrealistic characters in games or that all characters need to be positive role models for children. There are many games with many differing themes / reasons to have all kinds of characters. I don't think Ivy needs to be changed or something, same with a character like Bayonetta.

    But what I'm talking about is representation of women in games as a medium has for a while been very limited.

    Same with transgenders, LBGT and minorities should the same argument apply?

    Say a company make games starting a gay characters. All of them. Should I write them an say: "Make games starring someone I can identify with! A black hetrosexual male." Think about that, should I?

    designed to make you feel powerful or more powerful than the enemy

    I think this statement along with what you said before it really drives the point home. If it is a fantasy, your description describes a very traditional male fantasy. I think we could agree on that. Are there many games that we could describe as a "female fantasy"? Do we assume that the female fantasy is to be beautiful and sexy? Or are those traits what men traditionally want from women? Does that make them feel powerful?

    Let's do this. Let's assume that everything isn't for everyone. So should we change that? Should Lifetime make action movies like John Wick to entertain me? Should Univision make English TV shows, for people like me? No, because it's not for me.

    I love how whenever people call for more diversity in videogames, it's mostly for women. It's never for minorities. I can name a handful of games that star a Hispanic or Latino lead and I mean totally star. Not choose your gender/look game, I'm talking built from the ground up to star an Hispanic/Latino hero. Less if we're talking AAA. But where's the outcry about that? Does it bother me, yes a little. Because I enjoy it for what it is. I can't ask a predominantly white game studio to create something just for diversity's sake. It would be nice for sure, but I would be nice if someone gave me a million dollars too.

    The goal is to have a more diverse cast, I think a good example of this is Overwatch. You have some women who have some sex appeal, but for most of them sex is not at the forefront of their character. They have a lot of personality and can feel very powerful all on their own.

    Some sex appeal? I'm sure Tracer's tight pants are just part of her design. Ha! But Overwatch is an actual exception not a rule. But the charcaters are still tropey. As far as superhero fiction goes. You have your geniuses, larger-than-life heroes, hotties and cold calculating villians. Overwatch benefits from having so many characters that there are room for diversity.

    [–] At E3, SoulCalibur's Objectified Women Felt Like A Relic Of The Past NYstate 1 points ago in Games

    It's the audience. Look at Christian Grey from Fifty Shades Of Grey.

    His description:

    Christian is tall, lean yet muscular, and broad-shouldered, with dark copper-colored hair and intense, bright gray eyes. He keeps in shape by kickboxing, running, and having sex. As quoted by Anastasia, "He is not merely good looking - he is the epitome of male beauty, breathtaking." Christian has an issue with self loathing and says that it is "just a pretty face" whenever he Is complimented on his appearance. 

    What does he do for a living?

    Forbes listed Christian as a top-earning fictional character. He landed 8th on a list of 15, and is worth about $2.2 billion thanks to his work in manufacturing and investments. In the second book of the series, readers learn he earns approximately $100,000 per hour.

    His company prides itself on "transforming what is possible" and is a global leader "in communications technologies, eco manufacturing, and next generation farming solutions." 

    And he's a wizard at pleasing women all of this at age 27.

    [–] At E3, SoulCalibur's Objectified Women Felt Like A Relic Of The Past NYstate 1 points ago in Games

    They actually aren't. Male characters have a huge variety in comparison to most women in games and they almost always fit their surrounding.

    Do they? Not really

    Old Laura Croft though? she makes sense,

    Lara Croft?! You mean high-shorts wearing, super tight shirt wearing Lara Croft? Twin Desert Eagles, backflipping in boots Lara Croft? No if she looked like a male Indiana Indiana Jones then yes, but she's still a "male fantasty".

    [–] At E3, SoulCalibur's Objectified Women Felt Like A Relic Of The Past NYstate 1 points ago in Games

    I don't think you can come up with nearly as many examples that a girl growing up could identify with and aspire to be like.

    Well that's a problem right there. A person shouldn't try to identify with a videogame character. I grew up in the 80's and 90's, who did I have to "look up too"? Rambo? John McLain? Blade? I game doesn't have to be an example of something for someone to grow up and be. If a game is art, and I'm sure we both agree that it is, then it should be what it is and not molded to fit into something that someone should inspired to be. If could, obviously, but it doesn't have to.

    Let's look at the book The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn It's a book that's hugely controversial because of it's themes, it's use of language, especially the "N" word. But in this case it uses it's know racist form. The even worse "er" version. But it's a very anti-slavery book. The characters are portrayed pretty accurately considering the setting, 1830's. It takes place fifty years before the publication date of 1885. Marketed as a young adult book, it's considered one of the greatest America novels of all time. Now I'm not going to argue that Soul Calibur is the same, well caliber, of Huck Finn but it is art and is it stand alone on its own metrics and not be held to a standard of something for someone to look up to. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer are flawed characters, but it's great because there seemingly like actual people and actual people are flawed. Speaking of unrealistic both Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are depicted realistically as kids, but they're thought processes and the things that they do are wholly unrealistic for kids 14 years old. The same can be argued about the kids from Stranger Things, Goonies, ET or any other kids portrayed in movies and TV. Why? Because it's entertainment.

    [–] At E3, SoulCalibur's Objectified Women Felt Like A Relic Of The Past NYstate 17 points ago in Games

    But isn't a game a fantasy? Not just macho-male fantasy but just fantasy in general, as in larger than life.

    Men are always unshaved, big hulking fearless, brooding, unfazed by anything, body builder/Adonis types. Who are always the best at whatever they need to be. Women are always beautiful, with perfect faces, in great shape and have the body of a supermodel in her mid-twenties, with unrealistic body preportions.

    Not saying it's perfect but videogames, action games in general, are designed to make you feel powerful or more powerful than the enemy.

    [–] At E3, SoulCalibur's Objectified Women Felt Like A Relic Of The Past NYstate 1 points ago in Games

    That's exactly my thought reading Evan Narcisse's piece The Casual Inhumanity of How Detroit: Become Human Uses Black Culture It's io9 but same difference, really.

    This article rubs me all kinds of the wrong way. In the article Evan says stuff like:

    Every time I saw a black face in Detroit: Become Human, I felt suspicion, and questioned why it was there.

    Almost everything about Detroit points back at that iconography. The setting, certain ambient music choices, and textual references seek to wrap the game in black cultural signifiers. Look at the murals with a woman with a glorious afro and two boxers in the ring. They’re meant to stir up feelings of extraordinary poise and resilience, and tie those feelings to the plot of Detroit. But that creative decision calls on a wrongheaded assumption about how black people live under white supremacy. Black people don’t have superhuman powers of endurance. We’ve been broken and killed under this country’s unjust laws and attitudes. But, when cultural productions paper over suffering with stoic nobility, historical memories become more marketable, more palatable, and less illuminating.

    One of the most cringe-worthy examples happens with Luther, the black android who players meet in the second half of the game. When Kara and her young charge Alice meet him for the first time in the house of would-be ally Zlatko, they react with terror. It’s hard to believe his size is the only reason for this reaction. Cage is clearly leaning on the trope of the Big Scary Black Guy™ here—a centuries-old “Africans are subhuman beasts” idea that ties in with modern-day political propaganda like super-predators.

    I'm black and this bothers me greatly. The struggles that African-Americans have or had in this case speaking about The Civil Rights Movement, are black struggles. They're our struggles, but they're not exclusively our struggles. They're the struggles of all people, not just people of color. And borrowing from tropes is how art works. The Femme Fatale. The blemished hero. The smarter-than-you-thought reluctant antihero. And the "Big Scary Black Guy™". I can go on and on but I won't.


    Black History is American History. It's a all right to borrow from it and good to do so, so people never forget it.

    [–] Cyberpunk 2077 Won’t Have Any Loading Screens NYstate 3 points ago in Games

    So elevators confirmed for Cyberpunk 2077?

    [–] Fallout 76's Public Beta Will Start on Xbox One Before Other Platforms NYstate 45 points ago in Games

    Wait I've been on plenty of "invite only" betas I've never signed a NDA. Unless it's in the fine print of the beta access.

    [–] ps+ question: what happens if you buy season pass for a past free psn game and your sub expires later? NYstate 1 points ago in PS4

    Best thing to do is buy it. Just Cause 3 is about $15 bucks used $20 new. If you want to buy it off of PSN, I suggest using to set up a price alert for what you want to pay. Once it hits that, the site will send you an email. I'm not affiliated with this site, someone on here told me about it

    [–] Beyond Good and Evil 2 aims for 'playable beta for the end of next year' NYstate 122 points ago in Games

    "Playable beta for the end of next year"? I knew it was a ways off but dang. We'll be able to play that and Cyberpunk 2077 at the same year.

    [–] Saw this cat at a cat cafe. Caption this. NYstate 0 points ago in funny

    "Hey buddy, what're drinking tonight?"

    "Jamison. Pour me two paws worth!"

    "How things?"

    "Not as good as this whiskey, haven't had a good whiskey in a dog's age!"

    "I hear ya, I hear ya!"

    [–] Nuke dance NYstate 19 points ago in gifs

    That reminds me of this joke:

    A married couple watched a program explaining that you can't be both happy and sad at the same time. They disagreed with this. The husband argued that it was true and the wife disagreed After a little bit of heated debate the wife says: "I can prove it to you." But husband asks: "How?" His wife says: "Easy out of all of your friends, you have the biggest penis."

    [–] MoviePass Drives 40% Of ‘Gotti’s $1.67M Opening NYstate 4 points ago in movies

    I understand that, but my question is why do we put people on a pedestal that got money by hurting others? Mobsters are vile criminals. Killing, abduction, drug trafficking, beating, the list goes on and on. But people obsess over them.

    [–] MoviePass Drives 40% Of ‘Gotti’s $1.67M Opening NYstate 23 points ago in movies

    What I don't understand is people's obsession with these wannabe Al Capone types. Remember that show Growing Up Gotti or that show Mob Wives? I don't understand why people romance those who got famous causing other people misery. All of these people flaunt jewelery, cars and expensive clothes gotten through ill gotten gains. The Sopranos is one thing but it's dramatized fiction.

    [–] EA handling of the Jedi Fallen Order reveal was a big fail and they had a great occasion NYstate 1 points ago in Games

    Here's my opinion: EA has taken so much flack for Star Wars from the people who care that they had to announce something. People are hungry for a good SW game. We haven't had a decent one since, The Force Unleashed, 10 years ago, a good one since KOTOR II, fourteen and a half years ago. So EA did what they thought was right. Kinda-sorta crap out an announcement. If people knew that EA was working on a SW game the casual may support it.

    The casual Star Wars fan doesn't care about microtranactions, paying for season passes or paying for content that should be free. All they hear is a new SW game is announced and I can pay for $60 to play it. EA is familiar enough that casual gamers know who they are and the make good games at least as far as they're concerned. Nevermind the P2W microtranactions that Battlefront II had. Nevermind the reputation of shutting down studios. Nevermind putting put Titanfall 2 out to die. All the casual SW fan cares about is that there's a new SW game announced and it coming I'm 2019-2020

    [–] No fucking clue NYstate 1 points ago in funny

    Beware of Y00K