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July 2nd, 2012, 10:36
Originally Posted by sakichop View Post
Women are just as bad as men when it comes to this. Don't believe me, pick up one of your wives romance novels. It's basically porn in writing through a women's eyes and they use men as sex objects every bit as much as men use women. My wife justifies it by saying there's no pictures but i'd say whats in writing is much more graphic than most porn I've seen.
This idea/perceiving [spelling ?] isn't new. I encountered it for the first time in the book "Why men are the way they are" (written by one Warren Farrell) in I think it was 1985 or 1986.

Originally Posted by Pessimeister View Post
So for me, this comes as no surprise to see it being applied here; my only question is what took them so long to write such an article?
A few points :

- It is an "open secret" or a "well-known secret", as we say here
- no-one talks about it because it is so obvious
- there is no-one in the industry actually knowing anything about sociology

- the whole industry is male-dominated. No-one really a) realized that it is dominated by men (and that women have very few influence apart from writing story or the art department, at least this is my personal opinion) b) that there actually IS a thing called a "male gaze". To most men, that's just an natural thing.

- too many PC games are nowadays nothing but expressions of machismo - Crysis, Call Of Duty, shooters in general you name them. Everything that requires brutality, war, and combat in order to proceed. This is nothing but a male thing. And perhaps this is the reason why there asre so few non-combat games on the PC nowadays (the Jump & Run genre has practically dies out; same goes for the Adventure games genre except in some backwater countries ).

This last point makes me thinking … I have already seen that the PC platform is mainly a "degenerated gaming platform" - apart from Indies - because it
- a few genres dominating the whole platform
- has a few franchises dominating the whole platform
- a few "game themes" ("combat", for example) dominating the whole platform
- and this being the equivalent of monoculture in real life farming …

The dominance of so few male-oriented fgenres, franchises & genres leads me into thinking that we might be seeing a "split" between gaming platforms right now.

Something like … Wii for Women ? XBOX mixed (leaning towards men), PS3 mixed, PC for men ?

Judging from the diversity of

- genres
- franchises
- "game themes" apparent on the different platforms.

This would be an interesting idea for a scientific case study, imho.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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