Hitman Absolution: The Army Of Girls That Will Change Gaming

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Yesterday I had the most incredible day.

Yesterday I visited the studio of Good Game: Spawn Point, at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Good Game: Spawn Point is a TV show about video games, and its target audience are young gamers – under 10s - kids who spend their days playing Minecraft, Smash Bros., and Mario Kart.

The show's creator is a woman, her name is Janet Carr. She is a real hero of mine, and I'll never forget what she said.

"The kids are so innocent in the way they love games," she explained, as she showed me around the set, "but the thing that really amazes me is just how many girls there are gaming.

"When I speak to developers I always say, ‘you better start thinking about the games you want to make in a couple of years for teenage girls - because soon there's going to be a whole army of them, and they're going to be angry when they see what's out there.'"

And then I went home and I watched the new trailer for Hitman Absolution.

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No doubt you've seen it already – sexuality by numbers – chaste nuns, casting aside robes to reveal themselves in the most tacky way possible. Dressed in leather and stilettos, having their faces smashed in and shot by Agent 47, a strapping bald male, grimacing as he chokes, punches and blasts his way through this sexualised horde of females.

This, I think to myself, is what those girls, who love video games in the purest way possible, have to look forward to.

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They get to watch the ‘sexy' unboxing of video games. They get to wear underwear armour that isn't armour at all! They get to lick lollipops suggestively. They get to play beach volleyball; they get to choose which bikini to wear while doing so.

I can't abide it. If this is what works, if this is what genuinely sells video games I just don't want any part of it. Is this what we want as a culture? Is this what really works. I genuinely hope not.

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Yesterday I had the most incredible day, and I left with a real hope for video games as a medium –because it has this beautiful, pure, diverse audience to look forward to, to cater to - an audience that doesn't engage with video games in the same dull, gendered way.

They're going to be so angry.

And I hope they get angry. All of them. There's already an army of girls playing, engaging, writing and talking about video games – and they're about to get some new recruits.

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Janet told me that in a single week, Good Game: Spawn Point receives over 17,000 letters and emails from its viewers. At least 50% of them are from girls. I sincerely hope that, by the time they've grown up, we'll have something significantly more substantial for them than Nuns in stilettos and beach volleyball in bikinis.

Because if we don't, there'll be hell to pay. And you best believe they won't be donning leather and bikini armour when they burn this silly little boys club to the ground.

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Mark Serrels is the EIC for Kotaku Australia. You can follow him on Twitter!

Republished from Kotaku Australia.

DISCUSSION

johnnybadhair
Johnny Badhair

Computer and video games have been around for over thirty years now, and so have teenage girls. If women still aren't a major demographic of "core" games such as Hitman, I don't see why the situation would be any different in a few years. Evidently they just aren't into these type of games.

"It has this beautiful, pure, diverse audience to look forward to, to cater to - an audience that doesn't engage with video games in the same dull, gendered way."

Yes, yes, women are übermensch and men should all be gassed. I got it. I've only heard this about ten times this month. Change the record already.

"There's already an army of girls playing, engaging, writing and talking about video games."

Using video games merely as a vehicle for talking about feminism doesn't count. There are hardly any women who enjoy video games for their own sake, they're always feminist activists or attention-seeking gamer gurrls.

"Because if we don't, there'll be hell to pay. And you best believe they won't be donning leather and bikini armour when they burn this silly little boys club to the ground."

I'm sure everyone on /v/ is pissing their pants right about now.

But yeah, gaming kind of is a boys club, and that really is the only reason why you want it burned down. Feminists can't stand the idea of men doing something by themselves, so they seek to forcibly insert themselves into every possible male activity and institution, just to drive the men away or somehow put them in their place. This isn't about wanting to play video games, or equal representation. This is about misandrist persecution, plain and simple.

Video games are a boys club because men are the most interested in developing and playing them. Women could make the next Minecraft or start the next Valve, but they never do. Instead, feminists make excuses and demand men to do everything on their behalf. Unless they're too busy writing triumphalist articles about how men are obsolete because women are better at everything.

If I wrote an article saying that there will be hell to pay because an army of men is going to come and burn down all the girls clubs, someone would probably contact the authorities.