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[Editorial Note:] I am going to go off on a tangent with the article so please bear with me as I think it fits in nicely with the point I am going to try and make while writing this.
So I have been re-watching the 3 seasons of the Hannibal TV series, and the character of Freddie Louds really struck a chord with me. No because of Lara Jean Chorostecki’s acting skills or how well the character was written by Bryan Fuller and Thomas Harris. But how a fictional character can be such a massive indictment of real-world journalism we see in the media these days. For those of you who do not know Freddie Lounds is a reappearing character in the Hannibal movies, portraying tabloid blogger and aspiring journalist who runs a website called “Tattle Crime.” Who doesn’t gives a damn about ethics or about the rule of law. But in a brilliant move, Bryan Fuller and Thomas Harris gender-flipped the character of Freddie into a fiery redhead. Her methods of obtaining information in the TV show often skirt, and sometimes outright breaks the law.
You don’t seem to get it Carolyn all of you (Feminist Frequency) has rallied and still do behind proper depictions of women in media and video games. Yet here you are making the plus size girl thin, and everyone’s features are softer and more traditionally beautiful in your cartoon depictions of yourselves. And I suppose it is way easier to blow off the criticism as: “well, they just love to hate us”, instead of seeing how hypocritical you and Feminist Frequency actually are. Maybe start practicing what you preach to the rest of the video game industry?
I have had my disagreement with John in the past and he has me blocked on Twitter. And yet it still saddens me to hear of his passing, and I would not wish what he went through on my worst enemy. Having said that I have Total Biscuit to thank for my involvement in #GamerGate and making me aware of the movement, and for that, I am eternally grateful. The way you and Total Biscuit handled his illness was an inspiration to us all. Genna your strength and perseverance together have been incredible and really inspiring. I am so sad and sorry for your loss. Our hearts & thoughts go out to you and your family…
Remember at the start of #Gamergate when journalists and online publications blasted all gamers as being neckbearded men living in their parent’s basement and who had racist, homophobic and misogynistic tendencies? I do, so the irony is not lost on me when these very same people get caught doing the exact same thing they accused gamers like me of doing. This has now once again come to the forefront with the unfortunate passing of Totalbiscuit due to cancer. This is a message for those using today which for many of us and the gaming public, in general, is a day of mourning and remembrance to push an old bullshit agenda.
Here is a mind-blowing concept for developers when developing video games based off historical events: How about you make the game historically correct instead of politically correct? There is a quote doing the rounds and I hope I am quoting it correctly: “We should never rewrite history for the sake of being inoffensive. History SHOULD offend. History should inspire and most importantly it should teach. If you wipe away the truth, you wipe away its lessons.” In before the patronizing comments who think people like me are only getting upset about the women in the game. Trust me when I say this, it is not just the women that put me off the trailer, it’s the outlandish uniforms, the mixing of factions and the overall unrealistic look.