I’m not a gamer.  I play The Sims and occasionally Super Mario Bros. And Tetris. I love me some Tetris.

But even though I’m not a hardcore gamer, I hardcore love the recent rant by reviewer Bob “MovieBob” Chipman about sexism in gaming and nerd culture.

(BTW, I found this thanks to Rusty’s twitter feed. I hardcore love him too.)

MovieBob’s land-speed record dialogue and series of quick cuts are light, occasionally humourous and SO BANG ON, I want to applaud at my computer screen. In five-minutes he’s managed to cover the salient points of:

  1. Why sexual and other forms of harassment sucks.
  2.  Why deflecting/defending harassment is the height of douchebaggery.

Check it! (You’ll have to sit through an ad beginning, but it’s short and kind of funny).

Are you a gamer? A nerd ? Both? What do you think of MovieBob’s criticisms? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Comments

  1. Trevor says:

    “Gamers are under constant scrutiny by an unfriendly media and cynical political operators ready to pounce on any misbehavior. But you know what? We’re winning that fight. And one of the ways we keep winning is to prove that we deserve the serious, grown-up status slowly being confirmed upon our medium by not letting this crap fester in our ranks.”

    This. Nine times. The reason there’s a debate about gaming as art and a common cultural perception as games as toys rather than entertainment as legitimate as literature or film is the behavior of the community and boys-club mentality of content creators. And the more evolved that community becomes, the more accepted the medium will be by mainstream culture, and, frankly, the better our games will be.

    Anecdote from last night. I’ve been futzing around with Star Trek Online the last week or so and I was awarded a new ship for a promotion. While at the nearest Starbase to pick it up, I stumbled on a heated argument about this exact topic. “Why is it that the open-collar uniforms for females show skin but the males have undershirts?” A handful of vocally ignorant players were being educated on correct nomenclature (female vs. woman, etc) and being forced to confront their acceptance of sexualization of women in nonsexual situations (e.g. on a starship bridge). And you know what? There was real learning going on.

    Of course, that’s anecdotal, but there seems to be a trend of more adult gamers cracking down on inappropriate sexist and homophobic behavior by the masses. And it can’t happen enough.