If people really want to complain about video games, I say we give them something to really complain about.
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I hated Tomb Raider growing up. It was the jumping puzzles really. I hate games where you have to back flip off a tightrope, then do a somersault over a fence, and finally land on a 4 inch square or else the room explodes and you have to do it all over again. I saw Tomb Raider for sale on Steam the other day, and figured I’d give it a shot. It got great reviews, and didn’t really look like it was just back flipping off shit so you could land on other shit. I just finished it the other day, and I wasn’t disappointed. Really, I quite liked it. I thought the quick time actions were a little lame, but otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed the game. There are some people who didn’t enjoy the game though, and for some of the dumbest reasons. As a warning, there will be some spoilers ahead.
While Penny-Arcade can be an offensive comic on occasion, there is one comic in particular that people have found extremely offensive. That comic would be the above picture one entitled, “The Sixth Slave”. Many people were offended by the use of the word rape, seeing this as a rape joke, and glorifying rape culture. I don’t see it that way. In fact, I see it as being the opposite, using the horror of rape to drive home the fact that when you play a video game, taking the role of a savior and hero, rarely does the player actually care about the NPCs beyond how much experience they will get them. How many times have you played Wow or some other MMO, and just ran past a bunch of chained up prisoners or slaves, that you completely had in your power to save, and just ignored.
If this is what feminism is about, then I don’t need it, and neither do you. Let’s be honest here, everybody knows that rape is bad. The same goes for any crime. Murder, theft, kidnapping, abuse, what ever the crime, people will still do it. You can tell everybody how bad these crimes are, but people will still do them.
Any time a guy opens his mouth about rape, you are automatically wrong and whatever you say will make you sound dumb. I’m looking at you this time, Mourdock. From now on, the only thing that I want to hear from any Republicans on the subject of rape, is that it’s more difficult to rape an armed woman. Anything else you say will be viewed as an attack on women, so find something better to say.