In light of the GamerGate nonsense that’s going around, I found this neat article talking about the five most sexist games ever. As a girl who likes video games, this matters to me, a lot actually but there’s one thing I always try to remember.
I think a lot of times women in games who wear revealing outfits or are “sexy” in some way get labeled sexist too, and I don’t really agree with that. I used to think that way, but a really good friend of mine helped explain it to me. Wearing a low cut shirt or mini skirt or whatever isn’t sexist. Defining the character by what they wear is what’s sexist. As long as the character is written well (Lara Croft or Ada Wong), it shouldn’t matter what they wear because that’s just one tiny part of the character.
When a character is written just as some one dimensional object to be used, that’s what’s sexist. It wouldn’t matter if she was wearing a full body potato sack, if she’s there to be objectified it’s sexist.
Now that I have my rant out of the way let’s get into the list!
+ Custer’s Revenge
+ Atari 2600, 1982
Custer’s Revenge lives on in infamy as one of those games I will probably never ever play XD you’re literal goal in the game to so get to the captured native american woman to have sex with her. That’s your goal, that’s the entire point of the game.
+ Grand Theft Auto V
+ Multiplatform, 2013
GTA is known for being ultra violent, and it is, all the GTA games are stupid violent, but the way that violence is taken out against women is especially nasty. All the women in the game are called “bitches” and that’s the nicest part. What makes this one extra awful to me is co-founder of Rockstar Games doesn’t even think it’s a problem in the games to treat women so badly. “I don’t think we revel in the mistreatment of women at all. I just think in the world we’re representing, in ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ that it’s appropriate.” Nah bro, there’s nothing appropriate about punching a prostitute before running her over with your car.
+ God Of War II
+ PlayStation3 and PS Vita, 2007
GOW and GOW 2 are actually kind cool. Not revolutionary or anything, but fun. But the sexism, oh man the sexism. The mechanics sound fun and the story even sounds kinda interesting, but then there’s this weird unnecessary sex scene that doesn’t serve any purpose except “look sex!” XP
+ Dead or Aline Paradize
+ PlayStation Portable, 2010
Oooh DOA, best known not for its mechanics or plot or anything actually game related, no DOA is best known for its physics defying boobs. It’s also seriously creepy, you win the affection of women in the game by giving them presents and then you can spy on them while they’re changing. Totally gross.
+ PS3 and Xbox 360, 2011
Definitely the most infamous game ever, both for its weird, disturbing, psychological-ness, but also for the sexism. Catherine features two female characters, Catherine and Katherine (how original?) and they’re honestly so archetypal they’re just silly. Katherine is the mousy ball and chain, Catherine is the fun, free, crazy, wild, “I’m going to kill you in your sleep haha” one. They’re written to be polar opposites, good and bad, boring and exciting, when real people just aren’t like that.
EXTRA BONUS SEXIST GAME!
Metroid: Other M
This game is so un-freaking-believably awful I can hardly explain it. What makes it worse than the rest of them imo is it takes a female character who WAS awesome and turns her into a whiny, objectified child with no agency. I could go on about this for years but the Zero Punctuation review and Morgan Webb’s X-Play review (http://www.g4tv.com/videos/48319/metroid-other-m-review/)
sum up everything that’s wrong with it, but to me Other M is the number one most sexist game of all time because it takes something that was not sexist at all and shatters it completely.