Don’t you just love it?
But seriously, take a look at this article. It’s old now, but the author, amazingly, was paying enough attention to respond to me. Good for him, I guess?
For those who don’t know, “Grand Theft Auto” is a popular series of games. The fifth one came out recently and it’s being hailed as one of the best games ever. All well and good.
I’ve never played the games, and have absolutely no desire to. They look kind of boring. But when articles like the one above come out, you have to say something.
The title: “Why Grand Theft Auto V was a Missed Opportunity”. I’ll summarize it for you and say that GTAV should have been a game with a female protagonist, and somehow this would have revolutionized the gaming industry (all of this said while Chell and GLaDOS nod sagely in the background).
To give you an idea of how stupid this article (written by a man whose avatar is a heart with little female characters inside, by the way) is, here’s probably the most relevant section:
GTA5 has already been a massive financial success, so I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret: most publishers and even some devs don’t actually get why it is that certain games are successful. When they see Call of Duty tearing up the charts they think “Must be the gritty action shooting”…So what do you think would happen if a GTA with a female protagonist was the biggest success of the year? Like I said, most publishers don’t get why certain games are successful. Plus, I know that there are devs that have been wanting to tell stories about female protagonists that were and are being actively blocked. I mean, they wanted WayForward to sideline Shantae for a male playable character too. If GTA5 starred a female, then not only would those devs have a much easier time getting greenlit, the gamers themselves might have less resistance to playing as a girl.
It made my eyes bleed. Despite being months behind, I wrote two comments. This one: