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All I can say to you is that this is a problem that can only be fixed through positive thinking and the efforts of content creators in writing and designing characters.
But I do want you to know as long as you go on disapproving, there will be people who push that back and they have pretty good reason to most of the time.
Like with Dragons Crown... I just refuse to respect any opinion that it is in anyway a sexist game because I literally think this is wrong and stupid. Hell, looking at the game like you did was kinda silly in my opinion, and all simply because you make a rash judgement from looking at it and don't consider the game's aims, or it's content in full.
Why should an opinion like that be respected? Because that's what a lot of it is, people don't actually know what they criticise most of the time, and they simply insult certain design approaches without giving them proper consideration which would give their opinions any weight.
And in regards to children's impressionable minds... it's not Blizzard's responsibility, it's parental responsibility.
ldo, I had hoped to make this point a lot earlier but, real life and stuff.
I think you seem like a reasonable guy who doesn't quite realise the flaw in what he is saying.
Criticism is always relative. You can't just say "that woman has big breasts, that's objectifying", and call that criticism, it is not criticism, it is complaining and wanting that work to be oppressed because you don't like something about it.
Criticism is asking why she has big breasts, is there a reason for it, does it work in context. Even then if it doesn't, artistic criticism isn't inherently political, it doesn't concern itself in particular if there's no good reason for it, it just jots it as a silly pointless thing that may or may not detract from the thing's inherent artistic worth.
Basically... if you are not in actuality, simply stating disapproval and a desire to oppress sexualised work... what are you saying? I'd like to know because it looks very cut and dry to me.
I'm all for equality, but we're talking about video games here. They're meant to be light diversions that take our minds off the problems of the real world.
There are a lot of video games out there that are suitable for your daughter, and this one is probably not one of them. I don't find this game appealing either, for many reasons.
The character design in Dragon Crown is something that's kept me away from it, despite being a straight male. If I don't like a game I just don't play it, instead of going out and practically saying that the designer should be ashamed of themselves. They have freedom of creativity, and it doesn't mean we have to like their work.
Mass Apathy? that's hardly what I'm seeing around this issue right now. When something as patently ridiculously and creatively designed as Dragons Crown gets crap thrown at it for being "sexist" when the game is as artistically licensed as it is in it's whole design approach, I'd say people are taking this whole thing way too seriously.
I don't see objectification as inherently sexist because it can and does happen both ways.
Why don't people focus more on real problems like inequality of wages or promotion prospects where indeed, women are not treated fairly, in real life, and stop trying to oppress people's cultural expressions or preferences in their fictional intake, because as Machines said, doing that just alienates people and makes them hate the people who make these complaints because of their dissolution that there is a big problem here.
Really if you want to do anything about this, go make products that fit your point of view or support people who do, and also champion their merits to others without disparaging or trying to oppress the work of others.
Out of interest, what's your opinion on magazines, ads or basically anything that's more "classic" media than games where you can't find a single image of a woman that hasn't been photoshopped to death?
This is a serious question by the way, I do agree with you, however, I do get the feeling that with video games being relatively new that they seem to cause far more controversy than other forms of entertainment and I don't really know why. The topic is something that should be taken seriously but I don't quite understand why the focus has seemingly shifted to games as the culprit when it comes to sexism.
I don't have a daughter so (fortunately) I don't have to deal with this just yet, I am just curious to get your opinion. Do you think games are worse than magazines or TV shows? I mean when I grew up noone told me that He-Man on TV was a rather unrealistic portrayal of adult men or that I shouldn't aspire to a leather jacket wearing womanizer like Michael Knight. As a kid I thought they were cool and that's it.
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