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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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Arju01 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  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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Madam--Kitty Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

Hi. wanna join my group called Anti-illuminati-01? anti-illuminati-01.deviantart.…

P.S. The group is about politics in case you were wondering.

Enaxn Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

OMG THANK YOU FOR THE WATCH???? Oh my god I'm not even remotely worthy <_______<
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XxZelda-de-katxX Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
your gallery is beautiful!Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] 
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ItsShowTime122 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm not leaving your page without mentioning 
that your a wonderful artist!
All your art is just 
also i have found some hidden cats in most of your work!
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SolarNex Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really interesting name you have there! I'm a cat lover so yeah, Your name made me found you. LOL 

I love your art also. :3
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AuroraArt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Long time no see! How ya been? :D
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Avoice Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014   General Artist
your works are very enchanting
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Broyam Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Lovely gallery! I love your painting style <333
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MikaKoshika Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Nice work :D
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SatsukiNoKimi Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing gallery!
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eivillin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fave!! Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Huggy Hug) [V2] 
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ynist Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for the fave ! :D
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FluffySyko Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave !
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mewmeowmewmeow377 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014

Your work is amazing btw!
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MenoaTheWise Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beatiful work :3
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lexxii Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Dustin & A Note to say thanks for all your fine art in :iconcutieshots: :) Thank you xoxolexxii CutieShots
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VIZg Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very good works =)
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Goldquiver Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Though it was an anthro piece from you that caught my eye in the first place, you have an extremely diverse and talented gallery here! I absolutely adore your use of colour! Gorgeous work :clap:
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muppiemaster Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice my friend :D
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shutter-light Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

For joining we will have a blast :)
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I thank you very much the fav:

Version of '723' by HipolitoUribarrigoye
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