The above is a commercial for God of War 3, titled “Insignificant Other.” I apologize for linking you to a site where you’ll have to watch an ad to see the ad (WTF?) but I think reading the comments below demonstrates why women don’t feel welcome in the videogames community.
But first let’s talk about the commercial:
Dumpy, Pasty Dude? Check
Conventionally Hot Girl? Check
Girl Clueless About Videogame? Check
Girl Whining? Check
Girl Pouting? Check
Seriously? This is what you project as an image of what women are and do, and you wonder why we think you’re a bunch of misogynous dickbags? Is it really that hard to figure out? You don’t really need a degree in Women’s Studies to see what the problems with this are. At least I hope not. I mean, I don’t have a degree in Women’s Studies. I have a History degree. But I understand that when you project an image of a really hot girl, dating a pasty, dumpy gamer dude, and depict it as UNREASONABLE of her and WHINING that she wants to, oh, I don’t know, spend time with said boyfriend and maybe, have the SEXX0RZ, oh wait… You guys don’t think girls like sex either.
*insert random grumbling*
Here’s the deal, slappy. There are LOTS of women who like the God of War franchise, granted after advertising like this you may have to pull a few fingernails to get them to admit it. Lots of women play videogames, and not just the girly video games. Jen, who writes here, is a fiend for the NHL games for Xbox, as well as the killy, stabby games, and WoW. I love fighty games, even though I can’t cope with FPS’s, because with my glasses they make me motion sick and with my contacts I focus so hard I forget to blink and my eyes dry out. But back to God of War…
The responses to the commercial are primarily along the lines of “Totally hilarious!”, with a scattering of people saying it’s misogynous and in response: “You chicks just need to mellow out and quit calling everything misogyny.”
Ok, so reverse genders in that commercial. Pasty, chubby Gamer Girl, playing videogames while a male model stands in the background and:
A. Acts as if he doesn’t ‘get’ the game or understand it.
B. Whines about his girlfriend ignoring him.
No, really, think about that. Your knickers would be all kinds of wadded. Or maybe not, because, “Dude, everyone knows fat chicks can’t get hot guys, that’s total fantasy.”
I have a headache. Way to start the day. Why do I do this to myself?
And please, before you feel the need to tell me why it’s not really misogyny that the stupid hot girl (because hot girls are always stupid, duh) doesn’t get video games, and is sooo high maintenance because she expects her schlubby boyfriend to, oh, TALK to her, do us all a favor and don’t. Because you’re just going to be contributing to my incipient stroke, and make yourself look like an asshole.
God of War was on my list to pick up when I had some spare cash and hours, but after this, I don’t think so. I think I’ll stick with SoulCaliber and the Lego series of games. At least in Lego Star Wars Padme gets to shoot things.
ETA: I have already bahleted one trolling post, if I can fill up an “Anti-Feminist Bingo Card” by reading your response, it’s not getting approved. Here’s a hint, if you accuse me of whining, bahleted.
ETA2: Just in case you’re wondering, I hadn’t seen the commercial in question until the Geek Husband What Rules yelled at the tv last week, “What a misogynist piece of shit!” Go ahead, call him an over-emotional pansy. I dare you.