#loudly yells ‘THE STEREOTYPE ABOUT TEENAGE BOYS BEING THE REAL/ONLY GAMERS IS INCREASINGLY BECOMING OBSOLETE’ #’PLEASE STOP ACTING LIKE YOUR MARKET IS 100% STRAIGHT WHITE MEN WITH NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN OR FEMALE CHARACTERS’ #places megaphone on the ground and walks away
I will always and forever stand by those tags because it’s fucking bullshit that people try to use “their market” as an excuse for not having diversity in their games/media. I am tired of bullshit excuses about why everyone except young white straight men get treated like crap and ignored in the game industry and in games. I am tired of settling for “well, they do better with female/characters of color/queer characters than most other people, why can’t you be happy about that?”
This post and those statistics finally shoot down the “but we have to cater to these people, they’re the ones that buy the majority of our product!” excuse. Because it is not who buys your product. It is people who have managed to make their way into positions of power and don’t particularly want to change or challenge that. It is people who are perfectly happy living in their narrow worldview because it’s fine for them—because they can turn on the TV or pop in a game and 99.99% of the time they’ll see themselves, because they exist everywhere so why would they care if other people do, too? And then they’ll stand there and screech about how they can’t put those characters or that storyline in, it’ll alienate their market, when they’re pointedly not paying attention to who their market actually is. You don’t get to hide behind capitalism when you’re reading the damn figures wrong.
I will be happy when the media I consume accurately and fairly represents the people that actually exist in the world instead of a very narrow portion of it. I will be happy when people stop making excuses for why this is not the case and start actually doing something to fix it. Not before.