So once again, Kotaku has succeeded at looking at their entire male viewership and thinking they’re all idiots and assholes. This time, it’s an article so cringe-inducing that I’m shocked someone with any brain cells in their head actually clicked “publish” on this article.
Kirk Hamilton of Kotaku thought it would be a great idea to let us all know that there is a secret fact that we don’t know about. What is that you ask? Well apparently…WOMEN PLAY VIDEO GAMES!!!
(you can view the “amazing” article here)
Now click-bait aside, let’s take this article at its core concept, the idea that we apparently aren’t aware that girls play video games. Let me debunk that in four words: It’s 2017. We know.
But let’s go through his article and tear it apart, shall we?
“Hello! I’ve come here today to explain something that apparently still needs explaining: Women play video games.”
Yeah, we’re living in a world where we can’t go a single day without hearing about women in relation to gaming. I think if we weren’t aware, we are more than aware now.
“I know, it’s a radical concept.”
“(As plenty of you are doubtless aware, it is not a radical concept.)”
Really? Because if it isn’t, why’s it so important for you to tell the world about it?
“Yet here in the year 2017, it’s apparently still really easy to assume that despite the fact that A) video games are awesome and B) video games have been a huge part of mainstream popular culture for decades, women do not play video games. But they do.”
No one thinks this anymore. If they do, it’s in ignorance, not in fact.
“I know that many of you reading this are on the same page. If so, cool. Keep doing what you’re doing.”
Yeah…I think that someone like me, even though I am aware of the insane idea of women playing video games being a real thing, if I keep “doing what I’m doing” you still won’t be happy.
“But you may be surprised how many people still think that women, as a general rule, do not play video games. Ask any woman you know—who, again, probably plays video games—and she will likely have a story about someone assuming that she, a woman, does not play video games. Despite the fact that she does.”
Why would I ever ask them that? Instead, here’s a great idea, how about I just talk to them? About anything? Video games aren’t the center of the world, I don’t need to verbally harass them by throwing endless video game conversation at them. If it comes up naturally, then so be it.
“Basically every woman I know who works in games or plays a lot of games regularly has people assume she doesn’t. A quick survey today of several of the women I work alongside at Kotaku confirmed that, yes, this is a frequent occurrence. In fact, for women at game conferences like E3, it often gets a lot worse than having someone assume you don’t play games. The basic truth of the matter still bears repeating, however, so I’m going to repeat it now: Women play video games.”
They’re full of shit. We’re living in a culture and society right now where it’s “cool” to be feminists. And in order to be a feminist, you apparently need to be a victim, so when you’re asked if anyone (aka, a man) has thought you didn’t play video games because you’re a female, you’ll lie and say yes, because it puts you in victim status and keeps the narrative you’re trying to push. I am willing to bet that at best, 10% of these women have actually had this happen to them. Any of the other 90% either are lying or took someone’s (a man’s) words out of context. It’s pure and utter bullshit, no one thinks this in 2017 without being a troll or ironic.
“The assumption I’m talking about is rarely made with the intention of hurting someone’s feelings.”
Bullshit, Kirk. You are triggered as hell about this, or your friends are triggered as hell about it. Because if no one was butthurt about this “issue”, it wouldn’t be a topic that warranted being posted on a website with 10+ million monthly views.
“Like most assumptions, it doesn’t require much thought at all. But if you have ever assumed that maybe women don’t play video games, take this opportunity to remind yourself that in fact, they do.”
I can’t facepalm any harder without actually injuring myself. Someone who is being paid to be a “professional journalist” thought this was a good read, a good article to post.
“If you are a man (or if you’re not!) out at a social gathering, talking with some friends about video games, and a woman comes up and joins the conversation, do yourself a favor: assume she plays video games.”
Because she would totally join a video game centered conversation and partake in the conversation for any other reason other than that she plays video games. No, Kirk, she spends hours every night researching about the latest games, just so she can talk to people, because that’s the only thing us men talk about.
Well if that’s the circumstances we’re working under then, can all the women out there researching video games for conversational purposes, I’ll help you out with further discussion topics that we have. Research anime boobs, metal music and the Action section of Netflix.
“Don’t ask, “do you play video games?” Instead, ask, “what kind of games do you play?”
Or here’s a better idea, don’t change the pace of the conversation and in doing so, draw attention to the “shock” that we have a girl gamer among us. Would it not be more of an “equal footing” thing if the conversation didn’t change, as if nothing abnormal just took place?
“If she says, “Oh, I don’t really play games,” no big deal.”
But apparently it is a big deal, otherwise once again, why are you writing this, Kirk?
“Change the subject to TV, or music, or the weather. (Some people may argue that the weather is not an interesting subject of conversation; I say there’s a reason it’s a conversational default.)”
Don’t tell me what to do. Also, by your situation here, she joined the conversation. I don’t have to change a conversation suddenly just because someone’s left out, they can wait patiently and politely until we finish the conversation we were halfway into. That’s being a proper human being, not catering to someone else’s every whim.
“But if she does play video games, chances are she will have repeatedly dealt with people who assume that she doesn’t. Which is dumb, because women play video games. They just do.”
Thank you so much, Kirk, I feel so informed now!
In all seriousness folks, this may just be one of the dumbest articles I have ever read. The pretentiousness in this article is at such a high level, I’m nearly drowning from it. And it smells like shit so I’d really like to get this out of my mind so I can breathe clean air once again.
It is 2017, the vast majority of women now engage in some sort of video games, whether console, PC, handheld or mobile. You have to have your head so deep into the sand to not know this. After all, where do you think all these new voice actresses are coming from, all these developers, these journalists, hell all these gorgeous girls doing cosplay at every conceivable convention! Women playing video games is almost as obvious a fact as the world being round.
Next time, Kirk, try a different approach. Because this one ain’t cutting it. Maybe switch to how us “disgusting men” think girl gamers look like. Because I could’ve sworn they all look like this: