Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Holy Shit, People. They're Just Video Games!

A couple of months ago, feminist blogger, Anita Sarkeesian decided to create a kickstarter to help fund a documentary that she wanted to create dealing with the portrayal of women in video games. While some of us thought it was a noble effort, and some didn't care at all, a few people, it turns out, were enraged beyond reason.

Ever since feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian committed the grave internet faux paus of launching a Kickstarter campaign to research how women are portrayed in video games, she's been the recipient of rape threats, death threats, and racist tirades by male gamer nerds who are apparently very enraged by the thought of a woman rootin' out misogyny in the high plains of Azeroth or whatever the fuck.

And instead of simmering down since Sarkeesian launched her May 17 Kickstarter (which skyrocketed past its $6,000 goal in less than 24 hours), the violence directed at her continues to escalate—most recently at the hands of a pathetic, whiny little man named Ben Spurr, who created a brutal video game starring Sarkeesian. Apparently, the sole point of the game is to beat the shit out of her.

The remarkably sexually frustrated male responsible for creating the game had this to say in his defense:

Anita Sarkeesian has not only scammed thousands of people out of over $160,000, but also uses the excuse that she is a woman to get away with whatever she damn well pleases. Any form of constructive criticism, even from fellow women, is either ignored or labelled to be sexist against her.
She claims to want gender equality in video games, but in reality, she just wants to use the fact that she was born with a vagina to get free money and sympathy from everyone who crosses her path.
Faith in humanity once again rapidly dwindling.

Look, I get that some people may not be completely supportive of such an endeavor, but seriously, how much fucking hatred and bile is this guy filled with to actually go to the effort to design a whole video game expressing your contempt?

I also get that this is the internet, so no doubt Ms. Sarkeesian was destined to be met with snark, insults, and what have you. But this is someone who decided to go the extra mile to show how much he wants to make her suffer for wasting everyone's time, presumably. And that's a good deal more troubling than a few stupid image macros.

Oh, and here's what the "game" looks like:

And here's how she looks after the player "wins" the game:

Gives whole new meaning to the term "women's suffrage". Stay classy, Mr. Spurr.

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