It’s Wednesday, which means it’s my turn to drive the LTP bus. Today we’re going to talk about something dear to my heart, video games.
I’m normally a PC gamer, although I do have a Wii I forget about most of the time. My go-to games on PC have usually been some sort of simulation, from the actual Sims franchise to Roller Coaster Tycoon (I miss that game so much) to Civilization. Recently, however, I’ve been playing a lot of apps on my phone and my Kindle.
One game I bought, Majesty, had me totally hooked until I discovered one of the enemies I was supposed to fight were the Harpy Feminists. (Pause for eyelid-straining eye roll.) I’m pretty aware of the sexism that exists in a lot of console and desktop platforms, but this was the first time I’d seen it up close. (The Sims and Civilization are many things, but they’re not sexist.) Where have you seen examples of women being made to feel less than welcome in your gaming experiences? Did you do anything about it?
I sent a strongly-worded email to the developer, but I didn’t hear anything back.