@ the PS part: Why does it matter if they are balanced? Space sims and FPS games aren't in balance either, who gives a shit?
Space sims and FPS games aren't people.
You know, I am glad you posted in this thread, because you're a handy reminder of all that's wrong with the gaming community.
So I clicked on this thread wondering how it had 7 more pages and then I saw Hyper and I w as like: Ah.
Are you familiar with the concept of a micro-aggression and why it's a problem? I really don't mean to patronize if you do; perhaps you simply feel that these tropes make a poor example but they seem like a case study in problematic micro-aggression to me so perhaps clarifying my unnecessary jargon is a good place to start. If you're familiar with the concept and why it's a problem, what is it about gender-specific tropes that escapes from the same scrutiny?
Move away from the personal attacks. Put your hands behind your back.. no wait.
Keep it excellent people.
Also note: everyone ignored my bit about consent. Interesting.
I thought that hypothesis was interesting: the general consent-less, take-whatever-I-want attitude in sexual entertainment could possibly feed into the general 'rape culture' mentality. I think breast physics probably helps too.
That 'there's no variety because there's no demand' argument is flawed. The market is far from saturated yet, as the majority of the human population aren't gamers, yet. That's where the demand lies. This is a good time to claim market share by doing something different, because the same ol' same sure won't be enough to entice the hugely untapped market. And I'm not even talking about equality here, it's just pure business and cold, hard profits.
You know, recently I took a step back and looked at this from a wider perspective. I don't really find a great deal of fault with the tenets of what Sarkeesian is shooting for, although admittedly I find her abrasive, self-contradictory and occasionally hypocritical. Perhaps also I looked at certain things like Ivy Valentine's outfits in SC or just about anything Bayonetta does and expected a certain amount of suspension of disbelief would be applied. Maybe a bad assumption on my part, but I know it was the whole kickstarter windfall that got me truly incensed. So chalk up my misgivings to retarded envy but it's hardly an inhuman emotion for someone who's living an impoverished lifestyle to take issue at someone they perceive to be getting a king's ransom for free. I'm not excusing this behavior in myself, I am simply explaining the motivations.
What woke me up is looking at the people I had found myself allied with in my disdain for her. The kind of sexist, racist, malevolent hivemind of miscreants that have been mercilessly bullying and abusing me for the better portion of my existence. When you find yourself on the same side as the scum and villainy who populate the dens of iniquity and wretched hives through cyberspace and meatspace as well...It's time to rethink one's position.
I guess you can say I have softened my stance on her. Though I withhold the right to point out when her arguments become silly, such as pink legos.