Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Who Wants To Fuck A Hot Lady's Torso? Said A Few Creepy Fanboy Gamers

So I happen to be perusing around the interwebz and I encounter the following image:
Before I descend upon the Flurry of Furious Fanboys in my inbox and comments section, let me at least point out the things that I find incredibly wrong with this image:

  • Since we live in a culture in which women are constantly objectified (in all forms of media, not just limited to video games) this reaks of sexual objectification and also, this treats male gamers as hornballs who can't keep their boners under control. Simply put: this insults the intelligence of men and women.

  • For those of that will point out that this is a zombie game and this is par for the course, you are missing the point entirely. If this were a special edition collector's item, it should be a figurine with a person, completely zombified (if you want to do a zombie woman, do her all zombified, The Walking Dead style), not this torso that is somewhat attractive and healthy and with bulbous breasts. Again this wreaks of the sexualization and fetishization of women's bodies and of course this is a bad thing because this is reinforcing the idea that women are not human beings, they are just body parts for the consumption of those who participate in the male gaze.

There are male, female and transgendered gamaers out there, who also for the most part, would find this UK Special Edition of Dark Island Riptide, to be distasteful, offensive and insulting to their intelligence. Thankfully, the company, Deep Silver apologized:

"A statement on the Zombie Bait Edition:

We deeply apologize for any offense caused by the Dead Island Riptide "Zombie Bait Edition", the collector's edition announced for Europe and Australia. Like many gaming companies, Deep Silver has many offices in different countries, which is why sometimes different versions of Collector's Editions come into being for North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

For the limited run of the Zombie Bait Edition for Europe and Australia, a decision was made to include a gruesome statue of a zombie torso, which was cut up like many of our fans had done to the undead enemies in the original Dead Island.

We sincerely regret this choice. We are collecting feedback continuously from the Dead Island community, as well as the international gaming community at large, for ongoing internal meetings with Deep Silver's entire international team today. For now, we want to reiterate to the community, fans and industry how deeply sorry we are, and that we are committed to making sure this will never happen again."

Look, there are people that will say, "if it was a muscular guy's torso and not a woman's no one would complain."

Well let me explain a possible reason why:

Because they don't do that to male bodies quite often as they do it to women's bodies. We live in a culture in which men are privelidged over women. If this was done to a male body and sexualized and fetishized in the same fashion as this female torso was, I would have an issue with it too, because we are sexualizing bodies and treating people as the sum of their parts (pun definitely intended) rather than as people.

Even if the same thing was done to male torso, I would still find this offenisve, insulting and sexually objectifying.

Whether the company will sell the statue or not is to be seen, but this is the sort of thing that makes me wonder if the people that market these games actually considers a majority of their male audience to be hornball consumers who will buy anything that may give them a boner.

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