Redefine Your XY Axis: Hey Baby

By Kieron Gillen on June 2nd, 2010 at 6:11 pm.

Really, he was asking for it

Courtesy of Leigh: A game for the days when you think that Valerie Solanas kinda had a point.

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  1. Mr_Day says:

    Something along these lines cropped up on the Hawp podcast, about Fable 2. The npc characters in the game get a tad clingy when they realise they love your character, but for some reason it seemed creepier when it was happening to his sister than when it was happening to him when he played.

    Not that I am saying it is like that in this ‘real life’ deal.

  2. Mario Figueiredo says:

    My wife’s gonna love this one. But she’ll complain it plays like crap, the controls are unresponsive, graphics are shite, and that is just sexist.

  3. Saucy says:

    You walk down the streets and realize the streetlights are burnt out.
    There’s no one around. You hear a footstep behind you. The light flickers.

    You turn and he says, “I wanna lick you all over…..”

    And then you remember, you’re packing a 3″ long .80 caliber machine gun that’s locked and loaded.

    You shoot him in the face. You are then arrested for murder. You go to prison. You die…

    Do you want your possessions identified? [ynq]

    • DXN says:

      I don’t think they make machineguns that are 3 inches long. Especially not with half again the caliber of a Browning.

    • Jesse says:

      DXN: do you think you’re going to get some kind of award for being a stand-up guy here? You want us to clap?

    • DXN says:

      @Jesse:

      Please forgive me.

    • Arrggh says:

      @DXN:

      Beg for it, you piece of crap.

      Why are there all these gun obsessed wankers who make posts about them (usually correcting other people about gun details) everywhere on the internet. It’s disgusting.

      Maybe you should shoot yourself — at least you’ll know what you’re talking about when you describe your suicide to people in the afterlife!

  4. un_pro says:

    “Ladies, are you sick and tired of catcalling, hollering, obnoxious one-liners and creepy street encounters? Tired of changing your route home to avoid uncomfortable situations?”

    Men being attracted to women! How dare they! They just deserve to be murdered!

    • Rakysh says:

      Because being a creepy menace is a key component of showing attraction.

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      James G says:

      Well murder is possibly going a bit far in response, but seriously. Catcalling and related shit. Is. Not. Okay.

      Regardless of your intent, it comes across as possessive, aggressive intimidating, patronising bullshit.

    • Mr_Day says:

      These guys in the game are clearly made to feel more extreme than a simple case of attraction, they follow you and can block your path, forcing you to take action to stop them and get past.

      That isn’t attraction, not even by a long shot. Yes, it is sexist to portray all the men in that way. I am not gonna complain about it, though. It would hypocritical – I didn’t complain that in DN3d every woman was a stripper, prostitute or damsel in distress.

      I am also not saying I agree with the portrayal. Fuck, I don’t actually know what I am saying.

    • Jesse says:

      Un_pro: Lose.

    • Rinox says:

      @ James G:

      That depends. In Western Europe, yes, I agree it’s inappropriate at most times. But I know a few women who’ve lived in South America and when they came back they were disappointed and even sligthly down about the fact that they don’t get the same long looks and catcalling from men in the street (within normal boundaries of course). I’m just saying, it’s not EVIL per se. It has a place in some cultures.

    • Muzman says:

      It has made a bit of a comeback since Ladism took hold. I don’t think it’s idle lust though. Blokes are generally reccommended (probably by other blokes) to try their luck as a rule, because you never know. That and expressing yourself is supposed to be smiled upon and there’s always that story from some lothario bastard you know for whom it works on a regular basis (or so he says).
      In short, I think until girls do actively start shooting people it’s going to continue. (tasering would do, btw)

    • bob_d says:

      @un_pro:
      “They just deserve to be murdered!”
      True, a high speed knee in the groin would suffice (and would also be more amusing with the physics engine involved).
      Aggressive public confrontations with strangers does not equal “being attracted to.” Not by a long shot. It’s about trying to exert power over others. Men that behave like that who are ignored or explicitly rejected often respond with anger, which reveals what’s really going on. The game confuses things a fair bit by making the cat-callers far more polite than they tend to be in real life, but even polite unwanted attention is still undesired attention that quickly becomes wearing and oppressive.

  5. Auspex says:

    One of those tombstones says “God bless you”.

    We’re allowed to say that right?

    • jeremypeel says:

      You better wise up fast, Auspex.

      ‘Please’ and ‘thank you’ will also earn you a swift blade to the gut, whilst holding a door open for a lady is tantamount to suicide.

  6. HidesHisEyes says:

    Gee whiz, talk about satirical!

  7. Absolom says:

    ‘Resident Evil 5′ allows you to shoot black people: INTERNET OUTRAGE!!!!

    ‘Hey Baby’ is about murdering men because of their gender and RPS responds by, umm, telling us it for the days when we feel like agreeing with the opinions of someone who advocated gendercide.

    Next week RPS mentions a game called ‘Lynch the Nigger’ where you hang black men for having sex with white women and tells us its for the days when you feel that Combat 18 has a point.

    FFS, how can you justify this?

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    James G says:

    One thing which surprises me, is the frequency with which my female friends complain about getting catcalled or similar. The reason being, I don’t actually see it happening a whole lot.

    Possibilities being:
    1) I don’t notice, not because it doesn’t happen around me, but because it doesn’t affect me. I’m hoping that this isn’t the case, especially as I do make a concious effort to try and notice these things. Also, on the few times when I have noticed, I’ve very much noticed. I am aware however that this has been found to apply in many incidences of discrimination.
    2) It doesn’t happen around me. I can certainly see how being with a friend might stop strangers making comments, but I’m surprised that it would also stop your various arseholes making comments to nearby women within my earshot. However, it is telling that in all but one situation I have noticed catcalling, it has been when the catcallers have been immune from retaliation (eg. from a car).
    3) Not in the right areas. I grew up in a rural area, and my subsequent life has been in two smallish cities, associated either with a university, or else living in a fairly central area. I don’t imagine catcalls occur regularly on a busy highsteet, or possibly they are just targeted more carefully.
    4) A mixture of the above.

    • HexagonalBolts says:

      I often wonder exactly the same thing James, I’m amazed I’ve never overheard it or known anyone who does it, but from the girl’s descriptions some are catcalled on a near daily basis… I’m sure it is creepy and disgusting but I can’t help but be a little puzzled by this phenomenon

    • Lilliput King says:

      Its because every man catcalls subconsciously, and is subsequently unaware of ever doing it.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      I hate that women have psychic powers and I don’t.

    • dhex says:

      “I don’t imagine catcalls occur regularly on a busy highsteet”

      you obviously don’t live in new york.

    • Jymkata says:

      “Its because every man catcalls subconsciously, and is subsequently unaware of ever doing it.”

      Yep, because all men are the same, feminism is a woman-only pursuit and gays just flat out don’t exist.

      It’s called misandry, look it up.

    • jeremypeel says:

      In my experience girls have complained mainly about the, err, pointed looks they get rather than outright shouting and jeering. As dhex indicates though, the level to which this kind of thing is accepted does vary from culture to culture, and the English on the whole seem relatively reserved. When my girlfriend was in Marakesh recently she was shocked at the brazenness of some of the men on the street.

      Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not suggesting that England features fewer creepy and one-track-minded individuals, only that they’re not particularly likely to express it through the medium of SHOUT.

    • PleasingFungus says:

      @Jymkata: Pretty sure he was joking.

  9. HexagonalBolts says:

    Also, can anyone tell me the song in the trailer?

  10. geldonyetich says:

    If you’re dumb enough to be unable to resist complementing and crowding a chick when she’s toting around a machine gun, such a fate is likely inevitable.

    That said, a very crude-looking game with a fairly braindead premise.

    • Psychopomp says:

      >Implying I wouldn’t be more attracted to a woman with a machine gun

  11. Rakysh says:

    Yeah, the actual game was horrible, but I see it as a more of “you have to burn the rope” one-shot joke.

    • jeremypeel says:

      Yeah, this is a common problem with message-heavy indie games – if the point is made from the offset, it can end up being pretty laboured by the time you stop playing. Particularly if the gameplay is an ugly afterthought like in this case; the point became laboured about 30 seconds in by my reckoning.

  12. faelnor says:

    “Sorry, we have been overwhelmed by international orders.
    …but we would love to keep you updated on the next shipment. ”

    Hahahaha.

    The only way I could believe this game to be real would be knowing it was made semi-ironically by a frustrated guy during one night just to try to get into some superficial woman’s bed.

    Truly awful, hamfisted, sexist message, absolutely no gameplay, abysmal graphics, filled with bugs. And they’re asking for money ? I hope I’m just not getting the joke.

  13. The Walker says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s just a joke, guys.

  14. Driadan says:

    also you can press 2 and you leave a lot of hearts, they seem to like it too (or something because they change their way). Tried to kill some and “heart” others, but still I saw no end.

  15. Urthman says:

    Why aren’t there more games like this where you can murder people you’ve always wanted to murder in real life?

    How’s this for a game design? Every level is a different scenario. You are carrying the typical FPS loadout of ten different murder weapons to choose from.

    Level One: You are sitting in a movie theatre, watching a movie. The couple in front of you chatters incessantly. The cell phone of a man two ahead of you rings. He pulls it out and starts a loud conversation.

    Level Two: You are standing outside a pub and the owner walks out and posts a sign reading:

    ITS “FREE” HOT DOG DAY!
    (buy two “regular price” hot dog’s and get one “free!”)

    …in the Comic Sans font.

    Level Three: You are standing on a street corner. A block away, an SUV hurtles past a bicycle, coming so close the cyclist is forced off the street and crashes into a lamp post. The driver approaches your intersection…

    Level Four: Walking through a cyber cafe you notice a man about to send an e-mail. It is addressed to about 78 people and has the subject heading:

    FWD: RE: FW: FWD: PROOF THAT BARRACK HUSSEIN OSAMA IS A RADICAL MUSLIM KENYAN TERRORIST

    The mouse pointer hovers over the SEND button, and the man is about to click it…

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    Jeeva says:

    The cover-art pictured at the end of the video is clearly superior to the game. ;)

    I only just found out who Valerie S was this week, after reading the thread about Privates in t’Sunday Papers. Blimey, she was quite… extreme.

    Also: I’ve not heard any real cat-calls, either. When walking with all of my attractive female friends or just at random strangers. =\

  17. lol says:

    why would anyone buy this game?

  18. lol says:

    why would anyone buy this game? You could do the same thing in gmod with a lot better gfx

  19. Tei says:

    I think is very simple mechanics, no need to make a game-joke about it.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supply_and_demand

    Mens:
    – demand for sex: High
    – supply for sex: High

    Womens
    – demands for sex: Low
    – supply for sex: Low

    Any women seeking for sex, since the supply is high, and the supply is low, can get a good deal.
    Any men seeking for sex, is fucked. The high supply will mean he have to fight with all other mens, to avoid sex-starvation, and the low supply means theres not much to fight for. It will be hard, to imposible, to get a good deal. Sex-starvation is a sad possible future.

    Is a economy of haves and have nots, and the men are the have not. The womens have the better part of this, of course, since are the haves.
    Imagine a videogame of a dude walking around a city, where all womens are “catcalling, hollering, obnoxious one-liners” to you. A bad thing? I would really like to get that, and in the game.

  20. GYAD says:

    Yeah, we’ll see. I’d expect to get my ass banned if I was using it in any other context.

  21. Ryebread says:

    Does anyone here remember that game called Postal? Cause I’m kinda getting a postal-vibe from this, only oriented towards women and with dramatically less content. While I honestly can’t see people buying this for any price above five dollars, I can at least slightly empathize with the whole gun-down-skeevy-catcalling-louts.

    I was walking a female friend through a quiet street at night when a guy from a party just up and shouted, “Nice ass!” That ain’t something any lady on her own wants to hear from a possibly drunk guy, particularly when it’s close to midnight and she’s in a dark area with few sober witnesses.

  22. Gosh says:

    if they make a sexy heroine i would consider buying it :P

  23. gulag says:

    Yeah, but is she as hot as Chel?

  24. Alexander Williams says:

    It never fails to amuse me (in a very pained way, even for me) that something so transparently feces-like and ridiculous even gets a ghost of a nod from RPS. Applying the “obvious and transparent transformation” to a game like this renders such an obvious self-parody as to destroy any original point that the original might have been trying to make.

    The “obvious and transparent transformation?” Easy. Simply flip the genders of all visible and implicit characters. If I put together a crappy first-person shooter which involve nothing but going around and shooting women in the face, no matter what they were doing at the time unless it was “being a cybernetically enhanced assassin/sexbot,” I’d be labeled a misogynist, sick, sexually misaligned … I can’t even come up with all the things I would be accused of being. However, provide images of a woman gunning down guys into be lauded as a hero, as speaking truth to power, and standing up for the little people.

    If it’s sexist in one situation, a simple rotational transformation shouldn’t make it any different. And yet, for a large variety of commenters and critics, it does. This gets to be one of those things that I’m really thankful for because it makes idiots easier to find out in the wild; reality needs more things that act as idiot-filters. In that sense, my thanks go out to the original developers for meeting my own personal needs.

    • robrob says:

      It’s true, men have it so hard. If only there was a movement espousing gender equality…

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      AndrewC says:

      The relationship between men and women in this society isn’t symmetrical. Please try again.

  25. um says:

    Or it could be dependent on the person and stuff like that…

    Also there are girls who like catcalls…they do, in fact, exist. They are not usually the type of person I like to hang out with, but that is beside the point.

  26. Eight Rooks says:

    By that logic, isn’t Shadowman one of the most hateful, racist games in existence?

  27. Seamus says:

    While I agree that the whole ‘cat-calling’ thing isn’t a particularly pleasant phenomenon, this game from what I can gather seems to make out that men are in the wrong merely for paying compliments. Sure, if somebody told me they wanted to do unspeakable things to me, then sure, I’d be creeped out. If somebody randomly told me I was incredibly handsome, to be quite honest I’d be thoroughly flattered.

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      James G says:

      The problem is, that nothing exists in a vacuum. We live in a world in which one of the primary judgements of women has, for many years, been one of physical attractiveness, often to a fairly narrowly defined standard. Things are improving in that respect, but it only takes one look at the gossip magazines and newspapers to find that women are still far more often the recipients of references to their appearance than men. On top of this, there is the tradition of women being property of men, not only in the concept of relationships, but also more generally, where female sexuality is exploited far more often in, say, marketing than male sexuality.

      This creates an atmosphere in which there is already an imbalance of power. In addition to this, it isn’t helped that a large proportion of catcalling comments are conducted in such a way as to reinforce the underlying message which becomes one of possession. Meanwhile, even well intended comments still end up primarily judging a woman on her physical appearance.

      On another aspect, I’m not convinced that the game IS trying to imply that ALL men are inappropriate jerks. Given its size, and relatively limited scope, it instead seems to be about delivering its point more succinctly. (Which at its most basic is little more than revenge fantasy. I’m sure you could draw some conclusions regarding phallic associations of the gun, but exactly how those would fit in with the rest of the game is beyond me.) Feminist writing also sometimes deals with ‘the male’ as a concept, embodying, as far as I can tell, the traditional masculine concept, rather than individual men. I’m not hugely comfortable with this approach, as it would seem to invoke the very concepts which feminism hopes to break down.

      And I realise that this all might sound like I’m reaching a bit. I’ve also likely mucked up on some of my explanations, as this is pretty much all concepts I’ve picked up second hand over the past few years. As with most overarching social concepts there are both cultural, as well as individual implications that throw huge spanners in the works.

      (Oh, and if my reply to Un_pro came across a bit enthusiastic, it’s because its a point that I don’t often get to make. On a few feminist groups I’ve been part of, there have been calls that blokes should call this stuff out when it arises as well. Something I’ve agreed with, but as my earlier point states, it doesn’t arise a whole lot often. I’m pretty sure most my friends don’t catcall, but even if they did, just starting a conversation with “hey, don’t try and claim possession of a woman’s sexuality while in the middle of the street” is unlikely to go down well.)

  28. august says:

    I was actually at the presentation where this game was presented. But I got there late and just saw the playable demo.

    Coincidentally.

  29. Robert Yang says:

    The cover art is stunning. I want that in poster form.

  30. Sigma Draconis says:

    I’m offended by this game.

    No, not due to the subject matter. Rather, because it looks and probably plays like a fresh swirl of shit.

  31. kulak says:

    If this isn’t an elaborate self parody of mindless sexism, they need to put a big fucking ITS A JOKE disclaimer.

    If its not, it needs to be flushed down the intertubes, and replaced by a work of actual merit and artistic worth.

    • Gwyn says:

      Who gets to decide what consitutes artistic worth – you or Ebert?

  32. Gwyn says:

    Yesterday I saw a young woman being catcalled by a pack of, to be honest, drunken scummy looking blokes who were following her. I can’t say she looked too happy about it.

    If Postal is okay, then this is okay as well. What’s more, it’s art, people.

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      James G says:

      If that was inspired by my comment, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t in any way attempting to imply that accounts were exaggerated, or that it didn’t happen. I was honestly surprised when I found out how common it was, as had until then assumed it was something that died of in the 50s and was confined to comments.

  33. Gwyn says:

    Sigh, I just read through the comments. Kieron, I think you’ve overestimated your audience’s awareness and understanding of male privilege.

    Obviously your intentions were honourable, but it might be an idea to delete the entire post so your female audience doesn’t end up being entirely alienated by the kind of misogynist crap certain commenters are writing.

    You’ll only end up with Jezebel et al on your case after all. :)

  34. joesn says:

    Don’t worry, Tei, one day you will find a woman who puts out for you. Here, have a hug.

  35. voorface says:

    Delete the post because the comments are asinine? Why not? These comments are on some youtube level of sophistication.

  36. Kieron Gillen says:

    And with a link to Leigh’s piece, I’m shutting the comment thread on this one. More in the morning, assuming there’s time.

    KG