So I took a look at this video game (I know, I know) called Team Fortress 2. Literally without question, the most misogynistic piece of brain-rotting filth to dare call itself a form of entertainment. How so? There’s nine different playable characters, and not one of them is a female. Last time I…
No but here’s the thing: not every game needs to shoehorn women into it.
I am a woman. I like playing female characters when I get the chance (so long as they’re not whiny stereotypes or “HAHA I AM A STRONG WOMAN SO TAKE YOUR FRILLS AND SHOVE ‘EM”).
You would still be complaining if Team Fortress 2 had female characters, because its characters are based on stereotypes. All Australians are supergeniuses that are ridiculously buff and drink a lot. Bread attacked people.
Miss Pauling is bad-ass and would kill just about anyone; I give exactly enough craps about your post to make the reply I am writing, and no more.
I understand that this entire post is just a huge troll, especially give the whole “PSA: Just stay the fuck away from video games. Even seemingly-innocent games like Tetris are full of anti-female subliminal rape messages.” on your blog, but honestly I’d like to thank you for giving me an excuse to moan about this particular issue.
SAY IT WITH ME: NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO SHOEHORN WOMEN INTO IT TO BE EQUAL.
Take your flat token female characters and shove ‘em.
The reason there are no female mercs is because all the women are too busy being in positions of authority to stoop to their level.
I mean think about it - all the mercs answer to the Admin and Ms. Pauling. The most physically powerful man we’ve seen - Saxton Hale - also answers to the Admin, and looks up to Mags with nothing but respect and admiration. The most economically powerful men we’ve seen - Redmond and Blutarch - are a pair of squabbling idiots whose feud is kept in a perpetual stalemate by the Admin.
Hell even if we look at the mercs themselves, almost every one of them answers to a woman; Scout is a mama’s boy, Sniper calls his mum regularly and sends postcards to her even though it means he has to deal with his dad. Heavy’s sisters ambushed the goddamn KGBand slaughtered them like pigs. Demo’s mum has lost both eyes and she still commands enough authority over him to have him working three jobs on top of being a mercenary. And of course they all answer to Ms. Pauling and the Admin and respect their authority above all else.
So yeah what I really love about TF2 canon is it pretty well satirizes the pervasive idea of a “boy’s club” in the FPS genre and in gaming as a whole. Nearly 50% of gamers are female - there are female programmers, female character designers, writers, mappers, modelers, the TF2 comics themselves are written, drawn and colored by two women. The women of TF2 may not be as loud and obviously ‘involved’ as the men but they’re just as important. And though they do their work in the background, it’s only because the ones in the foreground are idiots.