anon is actually right, why should samus’s design include high heels? Pretty illogical choice for someone who is in combat.
But no, let’s celebrate this so-called witty use of this gif above.
this is bullshit
Sorry no. Until there are men in speedos, or something equally sexist and ridiculous on the other side, “it’s a fucking video game” is the worst cop-out in history. The same dudebros who hide behind “it’s a video game” would be the first ones complaining if there was something even vaguely homosexual or if the men were in something emasculating. Samus in armor is fine. Samus in the hyper-sexualized “zero” suit is sexism, plain and simple, I don’t give a damn how you rationalize it.
Guys “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” IS JUST A MOVIE, it had 0 effect on the sexual inclination of the millions of people who saw it as children. All media exists in a vacuum from which no ideas contained therein can escape and contaminate the minds of the viewer! ITS A FUCKING MOVIE!
De-socialized males of the internet age making games for desocialized males of the internet age—and the Japanese, who put BIG TITS/BIG ASS In everything. “It comes out as sexist material?!!!!”
Good luck trying to slut-shame an industry, who only cares about what their prime demographic will pay for—you’d have an easier time changing gamer culture, by being a part of it, not buying said games that are solid but offensive.
Hell, I’m with you though on some level. Gaming archetypes are getting stale as fuck.
So we shouldn’t comment on media because it’s in line with what is expected of the status quo?
Good luck trying to slut-shame an industry,
Holy shit kid how hard did the door hit you on the way out of /v/ that you think that’s a sentence worth thinking.
you’d have an easier time changing gamer culture, by being a part of it, not buying said games that are solid but offensive.
That is part of the solution and critique is another part. If your game can’t stand up to critique without a horde of angry man-babies rushing to defend it then maybe there’s something wrong with your product.
It’s not JUST A VIDEO GAME or JUST A MOVIE or JUST A BOOK, it’s art and critique is always welcome in art.
It’s tumblr, and I knew this day would come for me. Samus is wearing heels, for christ’s sake. Unnecessary? Definitely. But it’s probably used to denote that in spite of being heralded as a champion of androgynous video game heroism for twenty-plus years, she’s still a woman and values traditionally-“feminine” aspects of decorum. Knowing japanese game dev culture, more time was spent discussing the inclusion of heels on Samus than was ever necessary for footwear in a video game—whose premise is “beat the shit out of other cartoony characters with your best friends”. They’re going for the jugular, folks. The Patriarchy is alive and well in Nintendo.
Furthermore, I’d welcome a female protagonist who has depth beyond “I”m a man—if he was a sexy woman” or “I miss my one true love and can’t do anything for myself”. Why this hasn’t happened outside of Square Enix games, I don’t know. Stop buying, like I’ve stopped buying FPS games and Final Fantasy. That’s the only power to undermine the industry, besides entering the industry and facing the slings and arrows of several immensely-talented but socially-uncouth developers.
But Tumblr is Tumblr, and as I type this I know someone’s going to go blue in the face and chalk this (and myself) up to another victory for the patriarchy. They’re fucking shoes. Ask why Rockstar North can’t make a female protagonist in GTA and it’ll make more sense; I’ll be right there with you. Otherwise it’s just fishing for something to be angry about.
You can tell when someone from /v/ is losing a social justice argument because they just have to keep dragging in terms they’ve seen but have no real concept of:
They’re going for the jugular, folks. The Patriarchy is alive and well in Nintendo.
People participating in oppressive systems unwittingly is most commonly how oppression works.
Stop buying, like I’ve stopped buying FPS games and Final Fantasy. That’s the only power to undermine the industry,
Openly criticizing the bad decisions of developers is a perfectly valid way of affecting change. Freedom of discourse still exists in the world, voting with your dollar isn’t the only option available.
Or is people discussing the problem rather than just silently not paying for bad games upsetting your applecart?
4chan can kiss my ass. I’m not some misogynist, anti-social gamerbro but neither am I a champion of a crusade that’s pointless. Samus’ design being updated with heels isn’t the same as GTA’s overall bashing of female empowerment in the 2010’s, not even close, not even the same ballpark. It’s a design faux pas that triggered a totally disproportionately-large backlash on the internet.
anything that comes after this is not to my interest anymore. I’ve wasted enough time debating Samus’ Heels being indicative of gaming culture’s tendency to box in women—so many better, actual examples to rage against to no end result.