@emmahvossen | 3,403 followers
Gamers are still convinced that there are only:

Two races: white and "political"
Two genders: Male and "political"
Two hair styles for women: long and "political"
Two sexualities: straight and "political"
Two body types: normative and "political"


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With this sort of take (and I've seen many takes like this in the past day about BOTW2 and Animal Crossing alone) gamers are claiming they against "pandering" But let's make it clear: Gamers fucking LOVE PANDERING but only to who they perceive as gamers: straight cis white men.
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The most frustrating version (for me) of this "white (etc.) male is default" is the argument that "well I'm fine with a gay character but there has to be a story-based reason for it otherwise just make him straight." As if anything but straight white dude needs justification.
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gamers can scream, they can boo-hoo, but games are political and they're art, too.
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Don't forget Two types of gamers: Real and "political agents pretending to play games in order to destroy the hobby or otherwise screw over real gamers".
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I found this book today and could feel the gamer rage radiating off it. pic.twitter.com/0cnbfahMgF
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Know a guy personally who was doing this shit. Tried to get him to explain how this stuff doesn't pander to HIM, and he did some mental aikido to deflect from admitting he sees straight white cis men as the default. It was some very "no, it's the children who are wrong" energy.
«Los gamers siguen pensando que hay:

2 razas: la blanca y "la política".
2 géneros: el hombre y "la política"
2 peinados de mujer: Pelo largo y "político"
2 orientaciones: Hetero y "política"
2 tipos de cuerpo: Normativo y "político"».

(los gamers y muchos otros señores)
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This this Soooooo much this. I left a gaming community of over 12 years because my saying, "Having down to earth female representation in games is not bad," was considered too political. I wasn't going off the rails. I just said more women represented rationally in games is good.
Well, that's a perfect summary.
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But make the skin tone random and unchangeable and they all explode about potentially having to be black.
I'm confused how you have a "PhD" in gaming and can come up with a take like this. From the sounds of it, you need to play with better people, because this is complete and utter bullshit

Sincerely, someone that plays a bob cut badass lesbian chick in every Fallout.
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My favourite MMO character was a rabbit with swords. I am a white male human every fuckin day. I play games to get away. Let me be a girl. Or an elf. Or a 4 foot tall, dual wielding, kickass tank bunny swordsman. If escapism is political I should be running for office.
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So if I'm x5 political do I unlock some kind of stat bonus or skill tree?
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Okay who said that in the replies because there’s no way someone is trying to ruin something as wholesome as Animal Crossing for people. *Looks at current social climate and hears a distinct honk* Nevermind I hate people in general now....
No one who liked this or retweeted this is a real person. They're all bots. They have to be. No one can be this baited.
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If the game doesn't prominently feature a white, straight, grizzled man then it's labeled political.
Whenever i see stupid comments like this getting so many likes i lose a part of my soul.

I then remember that this only happens in their small but well connected bubble and everyone else in the world hates them, but still it erodes my soul
Esto merece localización y comentario::

Los gamers siguen convencidos de que sólo hay:
Dos razas: blancos y "progres"
Dos géneros: hombres y "progres"
Dos tipos de pelo para mujeres: largo y "progre"
Dos orientaciones: hetero y "progre"
Tipos de cuerpo: normativo y "progre"

Who is this person? Who does she think gamers are? Why is it always people who actually know nothing about Gamers talking about gamers?
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fr like bro its animal crossing
People like you are still convinced that there are only:

Two groups of people: everyone that agrees with you and "gamers"
1. Gamers loved the Ikumi Nakamura, she's Asian and has short hair
2. Quite a few franchises with female protagonists did really well, Bayonetta, Metroid, Tomb Raider and many more
3. Fallout New Vegas had multiple LGBT characters and it did well with hardcore gamers anyway
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Assigned “political” at birth
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I wouldn't even call the body types normative, we are *still* on the "supermodel/bodybuilder or political" thing
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This comment is just as ignorant as the people you're describing in it. True, there are plenty of ignorant "gamers" who have beliefs like this but you're generalizing and doing the same thing your enemy does. I'm a girl myself AND a gamer. Generalizing a group of people is evil😞
How is this tweet somehow the best video essay I've ever seen taking on Apolitical Gamer Culture?
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Oh don't forget hair colors - anything not natural is "political"
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I like to call those types of gamers "dudebros". Feels like they're more numerous than the rest of us sometimes :/
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I stopped associating with the gaming community for that very reason. Gamer forums (in general) are a dumpster fire of complaints that the "SJWs" are ruining their games with diverse characters—and it's all a conspiracy to oppress straight white males, the Real Gamers (tm).
So other gendered, non-white short haired, LGBTQ, other body typed gamers don't think they, themselves, exist?

You're saying either we don't exist to you, or we're not gamers.

Either way that's severely racist, sexist, homophobic, and body shaming of you.

Every time I read takes like this I'm reminded
1. there are a lot of people who don't seem to actually talk to "gamers"
2. there are a ton of people who really like strawmen instead of actual discussion
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Yes. All gamers are the same. Same as all men are the same, as all women are the same and so on. Thank you for these wise words.
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Minorities are "optional" to them.
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And this is why, while I play some games, I never interact in the gaming community, too toxic
Dudebros are still convinced that there are only:

Two races: white and "political"
Two genders: Male and "political"
Two hair styles for women: long and "political"
Two sexualities: straight and "political"
Two body types: normative and "political"
This kinda thing is just conservatism/white supremacy in general.
Anything that is even slightly different than The Norm defined entirely by them, is political/degenerate/deviant/SJW/etc.
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"i hate that this consumer product has more features"
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Can’t wait for Animal Crossing. I played it with both my kids on the Game Cube and my son learned to read with its help. So glad they’re making it a welcome game for everyone.
Please stop using the G word to bully a disabled minority.
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Did they forget that you can pick the skin color in Pocket Camp, or does that not count being a phone game?
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My political friend hates politics.Jokes aside,I'd say its very much a loud minority, Most people dont seem to actually care but the ones who do are loud and as a result end up serving as the ones representing the community to the rest of the world. Its rather sad, in all cases..
I don´t think you have any idea of how dumb it reads all you posted here.
Checking in as a political political political with political hair and political body type!
Imagine unironically grouping together people who play video games into these parameters
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Never understood the “political” argument. Somehow being straight character is not political but anything else is? 🤨
you are the walking incarnation of gentrification, fuck off
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And yet WERE the ones obsessed with politics... hmmmmm...
This lady has retreated from twitter as she's worn out the block button due to her horrifically bad take.
Terribly surprising.
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I’m just a cis white dude and your list here really means a lot to me. I’ve always been on the more liberal and progressive side. But I still don’t always “understand” but this. This is perfect. You made a perfect tweet. You really did. THANK YOU
C’est marrant parce que ça marche aussi pour d’autres domaines, comme la critique culturelle par ex, comme Crazy Rich Asian qualifié de film « communautariste », ou quand Scènes de Ménages refuse d’avoir un couple gay ou lesbien parce que ça déclencherait trop de débats.
Delicious projection.

It's not the gamers.

It's the assholes.
Anyone not white and straight = political.
Less than a day after this tweet and game "journalists" are currently foaming at the mouth over a transwoman being featured in an advertisment in Cyberpunk 2077.

Meanwhile, the evil Gamerz™ are just admiring the world building and don't bat an eyelid.
I finally get it. "Gamers" when used by people like you is a dog-whistle for "straight white male".
This allll daaaay lolololooo
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They can’t imagine anyone choosing anything but those default options you listed. Therefore, by their “logic,” any media choosing any of those other options must be FORCED to do so, usually because “heh agenda”
This sums up well what I’m thinking when a devs says their game isn’t ‘political’.
Implying all gamers are just straight white men, and anyone who doesn't want political BS in their game is just a close minded bigot. Ok.
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I don't know what you talking about but I'm a Gamergirl for 20 years and I'm not like the way you describe us
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Goodness, the “But Not All Gamers!” replies to this, lol.
And not just gamers — a lot of your fave intellectuals and activists on here.

Men and “identity politics”
Straight and “identity politics”
Normative and “identity politics”
No, you're the one convinced of that exact view and politicise EVERYTHING.

From fucking Pokémon gym leaders, to Cyberpunk 2077 V being "too white and male" on cover, to the size of Tifa's boobs...

In reply to @emmahvossen
This weird agenda from random headasses online claiming that skin options or gender options existing is "political" is silly. It's basically the same annoying crap as the handful of loud individuals claiming the new Animal Crossing is colonist crap and "political" because of it.
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I, too, can draw vast conclusions based on what one git on a Twitter account says.
Alternatively: replace "political" with "tumblr"
As a gamer....

We sometimes REALLY hate other gamers.

Diversity in games is not political, it is inclusive! Thank you Emma V PhD for bringing this up.
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As a straight, white male who likes video games, I wish this wasn’t how my demographic was perceived. I support and encourage increased representation in games! I hope others do, as well.
Truth but I hate it when someone says “gamers” and they inherently mean white, male, non-supportive. That’s part of the problem.
This is the most succinct example of why everything in games is "political".
You should demand a refund for that PhD. It's not doing you any good.
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Reflecting 90% of the global consumer market is “political”.
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God, video games are escapism. Not everything has to be social commentary or anything. Let me just play animal crossing in peace. pic.twitter.com/uKcCgfED0d
Females having short hair is political?
Damn I should have been a lefty a long time ago then
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That's the problem with Pseudo Politics. Shit like identity "politics" just to make it about them and not about solving problems
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Why this human being just enjoy the game? I miss the times when people don’t feel offended by every shit
This is basically my Games & Society class
Not just gamers, of course. This is what happens when white, cisgender, heterosexual men have held power for so long that any attempt to redress that balance feels literally unnatural to them. (I say ‘them’; I’m them too, mostly, and not without sin in this.)
I wish these dishonest bullies who hate video games and know nothing about gamers would go away and stop COLONIZING our hobby.
Be specific cuz you know exactly who does this ridiculous shit 😂
All three tweets are cringe. *mic drop* ;D
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Woof! (Wow a PHD in Gender and games! Do they print that diploma directly onto toilet paper? That would make it more useful.)
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"Gamers" Also just means someone nowadays!
This is discriminating against those of us with a medical condition. You can't be mad at gamers for hating women and minorities anymore than you can be mad at a paraplegic for using a wheelchair. Bigot.
Seems like your PHD in gaming is
>Imaginary and hypothetical.
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Holy shit shut the fuck up
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What happened to people just enjoying games man? Like why do people's existence have to be political? Gamers don't deserve rights
SJWs are still convinced that propaganda is the same thing as a political theme.
What a yikes.
Two genders only? And women are just political?
Since when?
Samus, Lara Croft, Aloy, etc etc are loved by the gaming community.

This is peak faux outrage for clout.
I dislike people that collectivize and attack all gamers with stupid generalizations.

You also need the smug tweets about how all disagreement is proof of their stunning and brave observations.

Oh and don't forget the tweet plugging for donations/shilling a book
This is one of the best tweets of all time
Are these the same gamers that are making fan art of the Bethesda Japanese lady?
See also: anime gatekeepers
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The problem is not that it's pandering to people that want female characters. The problem is acting as if this is a new milestone on social progress. It isn't, you are just noise. The pandering is acting as if thanks to your ideology the weight on someone shoulders was lifted.
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