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Gamers attack feminist Gamespot GTA V review

by Stephanie Duchenne (Panda McBearface)  Posted Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:38:00 AM

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Gamespot’s review of Grand Theft Auto V went up yesterday and a tonne of gamers didn’t like it. Why?

Because of its “feminist” overtones.

Written by Carolyn Petit, the review states the following:

Where do you begin talking about Grand Theft Auto V? Do you start with the vast, varied, beautiful open world? Do you start with the innovative structure that gives you three independent protagonists you can switch between on the fly? Maybe you talk about the assortment of side activities you can engage in, or the tremendous number of ways in which you can go about making your own fun. Or perhaps you dive right into the game’s story problems, or its serious issues with women. GTA V is a complicated and fascinating game, one that fumbles here and there and has an unnecessary strain of misogynistic nastiness running through it. 

The issue appears to be that because of her “feminine bias” Ms Petit may have given the game a lower score than it deserved. She gave the game a 9.0, but that doesn’t seem to have registered with the gamers who got all fired up about her talk of misogyny. One of these irate gamers even started a petition to get the young lady fired (it’s since been taken down).

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A few gems from the review’s comment section can be seen below:

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Clearly saying that Ms Petit looks like a man counts as an intellectual argument.

Also, these:

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Leigh Alexander, a legend in the video games industry and editor-at-large for Gamasutra had this to say about GTA V on her blog:

"Instead of only playing as one gross man who commits crimes and swears a lot, you get to play as three different ones. My press kit says this is a narrative innovation. You can’t be a woman. I could be lazy and say this is because women do not commit crimes or swear and nor should they want to, but instead I’m going to come right out and say it’s misogynistic. What, you want to leave me death threats? Go for it!"

What can we learn from all this?

To be honest, I don't think anything unless us internet folk can learn to behave in a more mature fashion.

We know from many experiences that when there is a guy on the internet who is wrong, we get mad. This is a fact, it’s science. And we all know how opinions (regardless of their actual basis in fact) can be wrong too; especially when they don’t agree with what we think.

Essentially, I believe that what happened here is that The Internet got mad over nothing; and because it’s fun to jump on the bandwagon, these gamers got involved in a smear campaign because lulz. And to give them the bennie of the d, maybe some of them were actually even angry about the things she said.

 

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