Boobs Don’t Make The Character.

My friend Aimee linked me a blog post with a comment, “I hate feminists.” The reason for this comment? A post on a Game of Thrones blog about the upcoming RPG game based on the series. The author has decided to boycott the game as your only character choices are male.

Once I’d read through the blog and consulted Aimee, we’d come up with this response:

“Really? You’re going to make a big deal out of this!? Considering most of the main characters in the TV series are male, it’s no surprise that the main characters of the video game are also male. Why would you be upset by this? It only goes to show how immature women who play games are as immature as some of our male counterparts.

If you’re going to boycott this, why not boycott every game where you play as a male character only. There are a lot of games out on the market where you can’t choose the sex of your avatar. It’s not oppression or sexism. It’s just a load of code.

If you want to talk about rampant sexism in games, why not talk about how Lara Croft is still a highly sexualised woman or something relevant and quit making mountains out of mole hills.”

As mentioned in the response, there are a plethora of single-player games available on the current market where the main character’s sex can’t be decided and is generally defaulted to male. The author of this blog doesn’t seem to have a list dedicated to games she’s going to boycott just because she can’t be a woman in those, so her issue is conditional to the source material. She does make mention that Grand Theft Auto only has male characters, but that’s okay! It’s not based of A Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones). It seems odd to pick and choose your feminism nitpick, but okay. I’ll roll with it.

The author then makes mention of how women are portrayed in the game with a few screen caps. The screen caps (Which she named Boobies and Boobies2) show two women clearly dressed as hookers.

I’m pretty sure prostitution is one of the oldest professions and there are some pretty clear references to sex workers in the TV series and the books. In the time period the books are emulating (ye’ olde England, if you’re not familiar) women were too busy being raped and murdered and being doormats to actually have a proper career unless you’re Brienne the Beauty. So, George R. R. Martin and the developers of the game aren’t portraying these women in a light that doesn’t reflect their roles accurately, so why is it such a big deal in the game?

In fact, she seems to be picking apart the publicity side of things to add evidence to her agenda. Quoting lines from developers, “It is really important for the player to feel he is the master of the destiny of his characters.” Her key word in this is “His”, making mention to how the female fans weren’t catered too.
I don’t know how much more I can post about this without picking her argument apart and sounding like her but I will add one thing. Haven’t we moved past this? Why are women gamers still identifying themselves as “girl gamers” and then continuing to moan on about how they aren’t accepted in the industry or community?

As a gamer who just happens to have a pair of knockers, I’m disgusted that I’m having to defend a game against someone who thinks that her gender needs to included in the game because she’s a girl. I thought that went the way of men paying for a meal because they’re the male or are we living in a really futuristic 1950s with a bitchin’ internet connection.

And like Aimee says, “Man, bitches be crazy…”

(If you want to read the original post, the link is here)

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9 thoughts on “Boobs Don’t Make The Character.

  1. Q says:

    (Sorry, for some reason I can’t reply to Mike Grace’s comment. This is meant for him.)

    Well Katniss is the point of view character, so no, we’re not. (I’m only half-way through Hunger Games so no spoilers please.) However, ASOIAF is an ensemble cast with alternating POVs and LotR had omniscient POV so bringing up Katniss would be saying “Well I certainly won’t forget Lara Croft in video games!” boobs or no boobs. Heck, it’s the same as saying “Not gonna forget Bella Swan any time soon!” A better comparison would be Harry Potter, really. “Gee I certainly won’t be forgetting Harmione/Ginny/Bellatrix/Luna/Tonks/McGonigal any in a hurry!”

    • Mike Grace says:

      You’ll really love Hunger Games, though it does have a few flaws.

      Having not read up to date on ASOIAF, I can’t really comment on the arcs of the characters.

      But yeah, Harry Potter would be a good comparison ( And Dolores Umbridge’s implied centaur rape? Tasteful…); but I was trying for movies loved for less female characters. And segregated races. And an evil race. And other such…implications from last century.

      Like Rade says, at least these women weren’t used solely as baby makers.

  2. Mike Grace says:

    Mostly I agree with this, but I think people are a little hard on poor Lara. Whatever you may think about her rack and her cavalier choice of clothes, she did prove that a female protagonist can be popular – and without her, it’d be doubtful that Katniss (The Hunger Games) would have succeeded as well as she did.

    If we’re picking apart games for what they contain, how about Spore where we’re not allowed to play a human being! That’s homo-sapien-ist!

    Games are based around their main character. It’s easier to write a male character because there’s so much background in history of male heroes. While heroines exist, they’re drawn very sketchily so as to appear as an every-woman. This tends to make them more difficult to translate.

    That doesn’t mean they’re aren’t any, of course. Officer Thursday Next, Trisha McMillian, Lady Alexia Tarabotti and Lady Macbeth sit well within the literature, while Xena, DCI Jane Tennison, Abby Sciuto…and perhaps even Charlene Robinson…guard the television.

    If our learned friend desperately wants to play a female character in Game of Thrones, then she’s welcome to have a “Mulan” character that still has boobs but is undercover as a man. That’s a historical staple that I understand would fit in well.

    I bet she still watches Lord of the Rings (one woman) and Fight Club (one woman) though.

  3. I endorse this post. I believe in equal rights for women, but I do not agree with all these crazy women in fandom who believe that everything anyone does is a slight to women everywhere.

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