Hey guys. I had a huge thing about some really important stuff and things lined up for today, but alas I am in Hawaii on holidays and cannot access it because of random tech glitches. So instead, enjoy this truncated Only Speaking Professionally.
If you hadn’t noticed, some game came out this week. Great Larceny Cars Number or some such thing. And the interwebs pretty much assploded. Anyone who didn’t hand out a perfect score was subsequently raked over the very hottest of coals and flagellated with whatever thin whippy thing the vocal masses had handy. We’ll have our own take on GTA V up soon too, to be sure, but the amount of poo that has been slung this week is… let’s just say that plants will be thriving for the next few months.
The biggest reaction has been to those who dared to identify problematic material, such as the heavy layer of misogyny that some have found.
In response, I am going to leave a link here. It’s an article by Helen Lewis for the Guardian. I cannot write anything better than this, so read it.
My final word on the matter of problematic material is this:
It is okay to like things with problematic elements. It doesn’t make you a bad person to like things that are mostly good but also a little bit bad. You can like GTA V and still dislike the misogynistic parts. That’s perfectly okay. If anything, the stuff you like should be criticised more harshly, and the bad parts identified more readily, so we can get to a place where we are producing games that are good for everyone. So just bloody well enjoy your games, and recognise that sometimes the good bits come packaged with some not so good bits.
Oh, and don’t threaten to rape and murder people on the internet for having slightly different views to you. That’s not classy.