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Dustin Cooper
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I am a graduate from the Art Institute with a Bachelor of science in Game Art and Design.

I hide cats in a lot of my work. Good luck finding them.~

Negativity in Video Gaming

Sun Feb 22, 2015, 4:12 AM

I want to ask if anybody feels that the negativity surrounding gaming is getting out of hand
The constant attacking of gamers with increasingly sensationalized articles is getting pretty tiresome.

If you've been following gaming journalism at all for the past couple of years it's no secret that gamers have been called every negative thing imaginable, the most prominent being misogynists.

I've tried to ignore it for quite a while but I have to admit that the constant trashing of the "gamer" has been wearing me down. Even non-gaming sites I love like Cracked have jumped on the character assasination train.

As an artist, I feel this hostility is detrimental to the creative process.

I've been playing games since about 1994 and earned a BS in game art and design from the Art Institute so it should be no surprise that I am very attached to gaming. I have a particular fondness of women in games, from character designs/art to the writing and character development side. Tifa from Final Fantasy VII being one of the first women to captivate me. I love drawing and designing women and always choose to play as a women in a game if given the option. (Has anyone played Life Is Strange? That game is shaping up to be the best thing I've played in years~).

I care about women in games and it hurts me deeply to be lumped in to the stereotype that gamers are basement virgins who hate women. It pains me to see the journalists stand against freedom of expression with games. I'm tired of feeling like I'm doing something wrong by playing games and drawing women.

I want to see gaming grow to encompass much more than it is now and enjoy the same recognition as other mediums like movies and music and I feel like it's the gaming journalists who are holding it back. Gaming deserves more than this.

It needs more people like this.

Anyway, I'm writing to see how you, my fellow artists, feel about gaming and the direction the media has taken it in the past couple years:

Do you feel that the broad accusations of sexism and misogyny are more damaging than helpful for growing the industry?

Does anyone else feel that, as artists and as gamers, we receive more criticism than is deserved? (Example: GamerGate)

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AmbitionDFined Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hey, I love the color schemes in your works! You seem to use a lot of purples, pinks, and blues and you use them skillfully to the point where it's like..your thing! (I couldn't think of a better way to explain it) Very pleasing to the eye...Keep up the great work! :)
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PedroSotto Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Hi, thanks for faving! :-)
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esmeraldakitty Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cat blob Cat nods cat face walking cat Misc Emoji-06 (Lucky Cat) [V1] kitty 
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HearseGurl Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
I know this is way late, but Happy B-lated B-day. Yours is 3 days before mine. :giggle:
Keep up the awesome art. :heart:
Have a Llama. :D
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TetheredComic Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey dude! Hope you're well! Saw your comment on my Patreon while I was at work and almost burst out laughing XD NOT GOOD WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO BE STEALTHY! One day, Cara will be super stabby...And I shall dedicate that page to you U_U I SEE HOW MUCH YOU WANT IT!

Hope you're taking care of yourself UwU it's awesome seeing your paintings in my message area >w< you're improving so much!! 
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invaderMaythe1st Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist is a scam, do not download the file they send, or anything.
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Netherpuppy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous artwork. Your art is what I strive for when I delve into digital.
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Cestarian Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've got some sweet stuff in ur gallery, imma watch. Added to my devWatch! 
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Rouge-Fox Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Student Writer
Hello, I am contacting people I have decided to watch and admire to tell them about a project we have underway.

Myself and Traumwelt (visit his DA page here-->nemoalleintraumwelt.deviantart…) have begun creating our first comic book together. It is called Old Harry's tale, and it is a supernatural and philosophical drama. The first six pages of Issue #1 will be submitted to Tumblr and DA

We call ourselves Scapegoat comics and all news of the project will be relayed here at the Scapegoat comics club -->… And I would like all those who watch me to join.

The project is going to be set to a kickstarter which will be linked to the club page later within the month. And all who join the club will have early access to the rewards including the free digital intro comic bening the rules.

If you want to join it is automatically approved, you just need to click a button. If you don't want to, that's fine. It's your choice after all.

Also even if you do not join the club I would be most pleased if you watched this video we made and tell us what you think-->…

Once again, you can ingore all of this. You have free will after all.
greensam Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
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googimoong Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Happy birthday! hope you have aloadz of fun you birthday boy>3>
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Getthegrooveon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just saw it was your birthday. Hope you had a good one
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Midnitez-REMIX Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Happy birthday! :party:
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Megachrono Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! ^^
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XxZelda-de-katxX Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday amigo!
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Happy Birthday
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Genesis-Dragon-X Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday! :)
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JPMNeg Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015

Happy Birthday!  

I hope you have a great great day!

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cemac Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
Wishing you a very :iconbdayplz: from :icondigitaldelights: and may this year be your most creative one yet.
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MSMoura Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haaaaaaaaappy Birthday! \o
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OneShadowTear Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
happy birthday!:)
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Arju01 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the FAV on Chun Li!
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mwisbey Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
your artwork is mind blowing!!! keep up the good work :D
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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
:w00t: thank you very much for the :+fav: on The Crown :iconbouncyplz:
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TerramArmsXIII Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
this art....damn that is some good shit! 
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