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Geek Girls Rule! #124 – Bitches ain’t Shit… ORLY?

Posted by geekgirlsrule on April 8, 2010

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.
C.  Pouts.

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.

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A GGR Public Service Announcement: There are too many dicks on the dancefloor.

Posted by geekgirlsrule on March 29, 2010

This video by Anita Sarkeesian is freaking brilliant. 

For  her motivation and list of videogames included, please go to her blog entry over at Feminist Frequency about it. 


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Geek Girls Rule! #110 – This has got to be a joke, right?

Posted by geekgirlsrule on January 4, 2010

THIS has got to be some frat boy console-gamer* doucheface’s idea of a joke, right?  Tell me it is, because seriously, this is one of the biggest pieces of bullshit I’ve seen in ages.

The article claims the Microsoft is planning a way to link your gaming avatar’s appearance and access to facets of certain games to your physical fitness levels.  “To incentivize people to improve their physical well-being, Microsoft’s filing notes that gamers will be locked out of certain components of a game or a chat room until the proper health parameters are met.”

I’m just curious how they’re going to do that without people lying their faces off about their fitness levels.  This is what makes me think this article is full of shit. 

Granted, I wouldn’t object to being able to make my avatar look more like me in the roundness department in any of the Xbox games.  But forcing my avatar to be fat if I, say, wanted to roleplay being someone else, is bullshit.  Not to mention attempting to limit my time playing videogames if they don’t think I’m “fit” enough.  And what scale would they use for this measure of fitness?  I can link you to dozens, if not hundreds of references, articles and websites that discuss how amazingly flawed the BMI is.  Are Microsoft controllers going to measure your blood sugar, cholesterol, body fat ratio and oxygen levels before they let you play?  That’ll be one hell of an expensive game controller. 

Not to mention, that this does not take into consideration people with disabilities who cannot work out, people who have medical conditions or lingering illnesses, or even people who just don’t want any busybody nanny-ing jackhole telling them what to do with their lives.

I can see that there might be some people who might welcome this as a way to remind themselves to put down the controller once in a while and take a walk, or pee or something.  But for most of us, when we’re relaxing, the last thing we need is our mode of relaxation telling us we can’t relax until we’ve done some calisthenics. 

And who wants to bet the standards for women are ludicrous in the extreme, especially compared with standards for guys?  Bueller?  Bueller? 

So, my Geeks who work at the Evil Empire, can some of you do some poking around and either verify this rumor or declare that is full of shit?  Thanks much. 

ETA:  Someone in comments pointed out Microsoft’s tendency to patent the shit out of any idea they come up with so no one else can do it, even if the likelihood of their being able to use it is small.  So, no, there probably aren’t any real plans to do anything like this in the near future.  At least not until I get my damned flying car and Nightcrawler sex-droid.

*Console-gamers are NOT gamers.  Gamers use dice and paper and pencils, they don’t just plug into a machine.  I’m sorry if this hurts any of your feelings, but that’s what it is.  We were here first.  Get over it.

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Geek Girls Rule! #93.5 – EA Apologizes, sort of…

Posted by geekgirlsrule on July 27, 2009

From Kotaku

“We understand there’s a lot of debate right now around our “Sin to Win” promotion at Comic-Con and wanted to clarify a few things. We created this promotion as part of our marketing efforts around the circle of Lust (one of the nine sins/circles of Hell). Each month we will be focusing on a new Circle of Hell. This month is Lust. Costumed reps are a tradition at Comic-Con. In the spirit of both the Circle of Lust and Comic-Con, we are encouraging attendees to Tweet photos of themselves with any of the costumed reps at Comic-Con here, find us on Facebook or via e-mail. “Commit acts of lust” is simply a tongue-in-cheek way to say take pictures with costumed reps. Also, a “Night of Lust” means only that the winner will receive a chaperoned VIP night on the town with the Dante’s Inferno reps, all expenses paid, as well as other prizes.

“We apologize for any confusion and offense that resulted from our choice of wording, and want to assure you that we take your concerns and sentiments seriously. We’ll continue to follow your comments and please let us know if you have any other thoughts or concerns. Keep watching as the event unfolds and we hope you’ll agree that it was all done in the spirit of the good natured fun of Comic-Con.”

Translation for those playing along at home:  “We’re sorry you’re a bunch of humorless feminists.”

Yes, because there is absolutely NO WAY on the planet that ANYONE could miscontrue “Commit acts of lust” to be more than taking pictures, I mean… Geez… Come ON. 

Is there any adult supervision at EA Games?

While some of the Kotaku comments are really hateful, many of them came out in support of the people who got angry, spearheaded by “Booth Babe Hauls Off on Dante’s Fiasco.”   There’s the usual amount of victim blaming.  “Well, if girls wouldn’t go around looking all sexy, we wouldn’t have to be dicks,” to paraphrase some of the most egregious commenters.  Seriously, guys?  That’s your best answer?  Really?  Victim blaming and shirking any responsibility you might have for being a decent human being?  Your mother must be so proud.


Ok, I’m going to go take some aspirin, possibly some scotch, and lay down for a while.  Talk amongst yourselves. 

PS.  I still wanna know where the hot Booth Boys were for the girls to photograph, jerks.


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Geek Girls Rule! #93 – What the HELL, EA Games?

Posted by geekgirlsrule on July 24, 2009

You have got to be kidding me.  THIS is repulsive on so many levels…  I keep saying I’m not going to swear so much in this column, because people keep telling me their kids read it, but son-of-a-bitch!!!!!

So, EA Games has decided to run a contest at SDCC.  The rules are “1.  Commit act of lust” by getting photographed with a booth babe.  “2. Prove it” by posting it online via Twitter or Facebook and “3. Repeat.”    The prize for the guy with the highest number of entries is a date with “two hot babes,” I’m guessing the aforementioned booth babes.  After a day or two of being the victims of “acts of lust” committed and memorialized for posterity by sweaty, mouth breathing assholes, that should be a fun night, hey. 

Just how do you put “be a ‘willing’ victim of mass acts of sexual harassment” into a job description and fly that by any legal department worth a damn?

I swear, this entire week has been an exercise in giving me a stroke.  Good thing I’ve started going back to the gym so I can work some of this anger off. 

I’ve been a surrogate booth babe for friends’ booths at smaller conventions than SDCC, and it kind of sucks.  I mean, I LIKE being friendly and flirty and talking to people.  But after a few hours of lame come-ons, open ogling and sweaty palms, not to mention the assholes who seem to think your position as advertising for your buddy’s goods means you’re public property and who try to sneak pinches or grabs, your smile gets brittle and strained, and you start to really, really, REALLY hate the male half of the species. 

It’s a phenomena you’ll find in a lot of women who do work which involves them playing the part of sexual fantasy girl in any sort of capacity.  And I don’t just mean booth babes, car show models, strippers or peepshow girls.  I also mean, bartenders, waitresses and any number of other service industry jobs, where, because of the sexism inherent in our society, women are expected to be nice, kind, friendly and accomodating.  Where your income and living depend on being nice to the kind of mouth-breathing douchebags and slimy, smarmy assheads you’d rather beat to death with a barstool. 

I mean, at least strippers have giant bouncers whose hobbies include “asshole origami” to protect them.  I highly doubt EA has hired any bouncers to protect these women.  I hope at least one of them knows Krav Maga or Jiu Jitsu and puts some neanderthals in the hospital, then EA winds up covering the bills for it. 

I just don’t know what they hell they’re thinking.  Do I really have to explain why this is a shitty and stupid contest idea?  Do I?  I mean, if you’ve been reading here for any length of time I’d think you’d have grasped a few of the basic tennants of Feminism. 

And hell, if you’re gonna do that sort of thing, why not have Booth Hunks for the Fangirls to “commit acts of lust” with?  Oh, that’s right… Women don’t play videogames and we certainly don’t like checking out hot men…  I certainly hope that sarcasm’s coming through loud and clear for you, there. 

As I’ve said many, many times before… I am not against being pretty or sexy, or whatever.  I am not against finding people hot.  I AM against setting up your employees for sexual harassment, and probably some sexual assault as well.  People, male or female, have a tendency to behave badly when feeling anonymous in a crowd.  Add that to this society’s view of women’s bodies as objects and public property, then give them permission to engage in one level of bad behavior…  The stupid starts to stack up pretty quickly. 

Ok, that’s enough for now.  I have to go lay down, this aneurysm I’ve got going is starting to overwhelm me. 

I think I’ll name it “Frank.”

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Geek Girls Rule! #91 – LEGO Batman

Posted by geekgirlsrule on July 15, 2009


Review over. 

Seriously, I picked this up over the weekend, having previously enjoyed the LEGO Star Wars:  The Complete Saga.  I expected to like dinking around with it, and occasionally handing it over to the Geek Husband What Rules when I got  bored and hadn’t hit a save point yet. 

Nope.  I spent most of Saturday and Sunday hunched over the DS, happily climbing, grappeling, gliding and exploding my way through the levels. 

I find LEGO Batman easier to navigate than LEGO Star Wars.  Getting from place to place is more intuitive.  I also like that switching between characters to do things is far more integral to the play than before, and not just for opening doors.  I enjoy the comic style cut scenes in the story mode, and find the LEGO art highly entertaining and engaging. 

I give LEGO Batman two thumbs up.  And the cats are pleased with it as well, seeing as it makes Mom immobile for fairly large chunks of time. 

The only downside is it takes the damn thing forever to get past the title screens and everything.  Yes, I know… I also hurry the microwave.  I’m impatient, I can’t help it.  Oh, and Poison Ivy’s the only “boss” you don’t get to fight with physically.  Sigh.

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Geek Girls Rule! Podcast #12 – The Whiskey and Cigarettes Podcast

Posted by geekgirlsrule on June 4, 2009

Yes, once again, I podcast with a hashed voice.  Sigh. Gotta happen once a year.

Podcast 12

In this one, I talk about the passing of Wash, Rhythm Heaven, Why Guy Ritchie is the absolute worst person to make a Sherlock Holmes film, Why Francis Ford Coppola still owes me $8 for Dracula, Go Play NW, D&D 4e doesn’t suck, and some other stuff.

Oh, and the Geek Girls! Rule Zazzle Store.

Can’t blog, eating pizza!

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Geek Girls Rule! #88 – Rhythm Heaven

Posted by geekgirlsrule on May 27, 2009

Wow, in a stunning display of coincidence, I managed to buy a brand new DS game just before becoming amazingly ill and housebound.  The Husband What Rules and I were at Best Buy looking for a Who album, and I decided I needed a new game.  I’d seen the Rhythm Heaven commercials with Beyonce (forgive me for the lack of accent, I haven’t figured that out yet), and also read some reviews on a couple of sites, and decided to give it a shot.

This game is far more fun, addictive and challenging than it has any right to be.

Yeah, since picking it up on Monday, I’ve beat all four of the first level games, and the first remix.  I’d probably have beaten more, but I’m on codeine for the coughing, and codeine makes me amazingly stupid, not to mention uncoordinated.

The controls are simple, you only need three basic actions to play (tap, flick and lift).  The games start out simple enough, becoming increasingly complex as you play.  Right now I’m kind of hung up on the Ping Pong game.  I’ve completed everything up to Remix 1 on the “Superb” level.  Getting a “Superb” rating means you get a medal for that level, and medals unlock other minigames for you.

I’m finding it pretty engrossing so far.  The Robot fueling game was the most maddening.  Although Ping Pong is getting there for me right now.  Granted, not having to pause repeatedly to cough my lungs out would probably help.

Honestly, if you’re looking for a good, engrossing timewaster that will keep you occupied for hours, you’ll like this game.  The beats change up to add to the difficulty.  The animations are cute as all get out.  I highly recommend it as a good commute game.  Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll get to play it on the bus and see if it’s possible to keep the beat in a moving vehicle.  I don’t know that anyone under, say, 8 years of age is going to have the coordination to play it successfully, but I’ve been wrong before.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go beat Ping Pong.

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An update of Sorts.

Posted by geekgirlsrule on May 7, 2009

I’m sorry for the dearth of GGR posts here recently, but between NorWesCon, the deaths of two pets, our fifteenth anniversary, my birthday, and the subsequent birthday purchase of “Animal Crossing:  City Folk,” I’ve been a little preoccupied.  I’ve only played City Folk for about two hours, and haven’t actually gone to the city yet, but I’m liking it.  The Geek Husband What Rules has already stated that he’s moving the Wii and the spare television into the computer room so he can shut me and my chatty little animals away from him before he goes insane. 

We’ve also had a guest hedgehog for the past two weeks while her mom was lecturing in Chicago.  Jasmine is much larger than Kaylee is and Wash was, but she is very sweet and even came out to say hi to Tammy who came to visit on Monday. 

Hopefully this weekend we’ll get a chance to play some D&D 4e, so I can give you a review of that.  I love the character building software my buddy Alex has on his laptop, so we could just plug stuff in and not have to worry about screwing up the math.  I’m playing a Tiefling Swordmage.  Eeeeeeeee!!!!  The Geek Husband is playing an Eldarin Warlord, and I’m trying to bully him into using the voice that Will Wheaton used in the game he played with the PVP and PennyArcade guys. 

Also, I’m hoping to get the Girl Game together once schedules settle down, and one member gets back from a family emergency.  Maybe I should do a post on gaming as a really freaking busy adult.  Scheduling is probably the hardest thing about gaming for me anymore. 

We’ve finally started our Spirit of the Century Girl Genius” campaign, which is a blast.  I love my female Jagr character.  We’re also very much looking forward to Go Play NW.

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Geek Girls Rule! Podcast #10

Posted by geekgirlsrule on February 15, 2009

Geek Girls Rule! Podcast 10

In this podcast I talk about Resident Evil 5 and it’s racism issues, a Japanese game where the goal is rape, rewarding people and companies who at least TRY to get it right, Watchmen, GI Joe, Spore and Blood Bowl.

Links are on the podcast page.  Follow the link.

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