Ah, the classic “no you see I prefer to play a female character, so really I’m on your side” argument. How about go fuck yourself, because just because you play a female character as a dude does not mean you get to shit on women when they mention their under-representation in the gaming industry. Playing a female character =/= knowing what it’s like to be a woman or able to speak about what women should or should not criticize.
It bugs me because that’s just how game development works and these people don’t seem to understand. When creating a game with multiracial and gender protagonist options a white human male is always the default. Not because of sexism but because that’s where the rest of the race and gender design stems from. (emphasis mine)
Wow. A serious case of someone talking straight out of their privileged ass.
Dude later goes onto to say that he only meant the women who complained rudely or snarkily that the Inquisitor was male and those are the people he was speaking about, not everyone. That’s what’s ridiculous - being rude or snarky about it, instead of openly constructive and polite. Meanwhile, he’s riding the throne of hypocrisy with his ending statement that those rude and snarky complainers: “that’s F***ing ridiculous”.
We don’t get to be rude, but he does.
You know, I could really give less of a rats ass where the modeling starts. It doesn’t bother me that a human male is modeled first ‘cause that’s literally one of the first things done in a game - beginning to model your assets. Gotta start somewhere. But at the point in the state, our newly modeled male is not a white male until some textures are applied to him.
But then excusing it as a template and the trailer is only reflecting that? When the game is nearly finished, has a release date, and enough gameplay footage that a female inquisitor could definitely have been used in addition to a male inquisitor? No.
Am I upset a female wasn’t shown? Sure, but not surprised, and only privately (until this post). But they could have a trailer coming with a female inquisitor. We don’t know. Box art is seemingly gender neutral. Cassandra was featured pretty heavily in the trailer as well.
Marketing decisions are crazy and tend to take the safe route - and the ‘safe route’ is generic white male. And that is because of ingrained cultural sexism and racism. That the default is always without question a white male is the product of ingrained sexism and racism, and to say otherwise is completely ignorant.
You know? I almost want to see BioWare market their next game with a variable gender protagonist completely with the female version. Not because I think it’s my due or would make strides in the right direction and be ambitious (it would) but because I think the reaction of all these ‘allies’ would be great to watch unfold.
Reblogging for the awesome response to derptastic ignorance.