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)