TOPIC: Sexism in games and gamers
Guest: Caryn Vainio, UI artist at Uber Entertainment
I bet you haven’t heard enough about the Tomb Raider trailer debacle? How about Anita Sarkeesian and her “tropes vs women in videogames” kickstarter? Well, sit down for a spell and listen to our take on it, because us and the people we agree with tend to be right about most things.
I know some people are thinking this is a dead horse topic. No one is making you listen. But you should anyway. I can say with certainty that I’ve learned and changed lot since this whole thing started a few weeks ago at E3 and my eyes were opened more even in the course of this podcast conversation. Caryn explains some pretty basic but powerful things in a way that might make a lightbulb go on for you too.
I know this episode comes a little late to the conversation but it was actually recorded two weeks ago and a pretty major edit was required and the editor (me) is also crunching like crazy to ship a game. The edit (you’ll know it when you get there) had nothing to do with the topic of sexism but rather how games portray other real-life horrors and Mike brought up the issue regarding one particularly, belligerent Gamespot reporter’s take on the game I am working on.
My (edited out) opinions on the topic aren’t particularly surprising, if you were ever to hear them. I continue to do Reanimators because my voice is not owned by any company and I think these conversations about games can be helpful to both us and the listeners. But in exchange for that, it is very important for me to steer well clear of ever being mistaken for a mouthpiece for any company I work for or have worked for. Companies already have people for that. Me? I get hired to make shit look good. My opinions are my own but there is no prudent way for me to weigh in on a controversy of a game I am currently working on, especially when it’s not out yet. So that part is gone and we resume with where that conversation segued too.
Also, sorry for the PC fan noise at parts. I was (unsuccessfully) trying out a new mic arrangement. My bad.
Show Notes (LOTS of show notes for this one):