CN: transphobic slur and description of transphobic violence
This meme thing was shared on Facebook with the appropriate amount of hell yeahs
I said something like “don’t get me started on video games” and then mah favorite shoop and fellow Orbit blogger Tony encouraged me to ‘get started’. Sadly it was 3am, and I needed to sleep.
So now I’m up and what do I see?
Oooh, there’s a new Baldur’s Gate! I love Baldur’s Gate! Baldur’s Gate 2 is the first non-Japanese RPG I ever played. It got me through a real dark time in my real life and I still love it to this day. I am so in love with the characters, the storyline, just damn. So I’m damned excited about the very existence of Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.
Enter the Entitled Gamerbros, here to ruin shit. Because they are, as the meme states, spoiled entitled brats.
The new expansion, which is set between the events of the first and second game, features a conversation with a transsexual character in which she explains her transition. Mizhena, a cleric in the game, explains the origins behind her unusual name in a dialogue tree if the player questions her about it. “I created the name myself several years ago,” Mizhena says, adding: “My birth name proved unsuitable.” When the player asks what was wrong with her old name, she continues: “When I was born, my parents thought me a boy and raised me as such. In time, we all came to understand I was truly a woman. I created my new name from syllables of different languages. All have special meaning to me, it is the truest reflection of who I am.”
Guess the reaction? No wait, guess.
*DING DING DING* If you guessed “Threw a shitty tantrum and rated the game as low as possible”, you win! Here’s your prize:
Many have taken umbrage with this line, littering its GOG, Steam and Metacritic user reviews with low scores, with the majority of these reviews referencing this exchange. A video titled ‘Tranny Abuse’ in which the player kills Mizhena after she reveals herself to be a transsexual, has also been uploaded to YouTube, attracting over 13,000 views and over 350 likes,
I feel sick just reading that. Just copying and pasting it. So much hate over what is, apparently, a side character you don’t even NEED to interact with. You can even interact with her and never even hear about her gender. You have the choice to completely ignore Mizhena, but her very presence, her very fucking presence, is enough for these fucks to go straight to wanting her dead.
And of course, there are commentors wanking on about this is just a smoke screen to hide the game’s bugs and stuff. Then why isn’t there a “Bug Abuse” video getting thousands of views and hundreds of likes on YouTube?
Y’all ain’t fooling nobody.
Though these user reviews also cite other problems with the game, including apparent bugs and an unsatisfactory multiplayer component, the majority of these reviews devolve into panning the game’s writing, focusing upon its supposed “social justice agenda.” Despite the game’s lone review from an actual outlet awarding it 87/100, an influx of user reviews are giving it the lowest possible score available, accompanying these reviews with complaints of the game “forcing gender politics down [their] throats.”
“Wah! I have to acknowledge that not everyone in my game is either just like me, or something I’d like to fuck. WAAAAAH! I don’t wanna share my toooys!”
Luckily, one of the writers is standing up against that bullshit:
Amber Scott, a writer on the game, responded to these criticisms by saying: “As I’ve said before (and I won’t say much more on this subject other than to get my perspective out there): I’m the writer and creator. I get to make decisions about who I write about and why. I don’t like writing about straight/white/cis people all the time. It’s not reflective of the real world, it sets up s/w/c as the “normal” baseline from which “other” characters must be added, and it’s boring.
“I consciously add as much diversity as I can to my writing and I don’t care if people think that’s “forced” or fake. I find choosing to write from a straight default just as artificial. I’m happy to be an SJW and I hope to write many Social Justice Games in the future that reach as many different types of people as possible. Everyone should get a chance to see themselves reflected in pop culture.”
BOOM! You do that thing, Amber!
And it’s “GOING OFF” time! *ahem*
Gee, folks, what happen to “letting the creators do what they want without someone forcing them to abide by their agenda”? Wasn’t that one of GG’s shitty arguments? Or does it only work when what the creator wants is what they want? (that is a rhetorical question; we ALL know the answer)
When will these overgrown babies realize that some of us, including game creators, are so fucking DONE with Grizzled McWhiteDude leading most of the games? Why is the inclusion of one person who isn’t straight or cis or even not-white causes this much commotion? Can’t we just have more than a few bites at this table? What’s wrong? Can’t deal with not seeing yourself every time without it being some sort of ‘agenda’ being ‘shoved down your throats’?
Welcome to our fucking world. Our presence isn’t “pandering” or something that is “forced” into the world of games and fuck you very much for even thinking that.
Thankfully, some game producers are not listening to your fucking tantrums. Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear has a trans character in it, whether you like it or not. Dragon Age: Inquisition has a trans character and two explicitly homosexual characters in it (and I swear if they don’t include Maevaris Tilani in the next game, I will be so very sad. Think of the gamerbro head explosion, Bioware!). Kaiden from Mass Effect turned out to be possibly bisexual. The game Remember Me has a fucking black woman as the lead. Fuck, Skyrim came out 2011, and you can marry someone of the same gender! Get with the fucking program, you’re gonna have to share in the feast whether you like it or not, you spoiled fucking brats.