First off I know exactly why websites love to post articles pertaining to social justice. The almighty page view. SJ articles are like goldmines that attract everyone be it those who are for or against whatever the topic at hand is. There is loads of ad revenue to be had with everything single SJ article (I use an adblocker come at me gawker) and I cant say I blame websites for publishing them as frequently as they do. What I want to know is how, when, and why this whole social justice in video games thing picked up so much steam in the past 2 or so years.
Politically muddled and profoundly misogynistic
And that brings me to my article. When did social justice become a factor in video game reviews? I went on to read Polygon's review and it too had a section dedicated to pointing out the sexism in the game. Curious I went back and looked at Gamespot's GTA4 review and didnt find a single trace of complaints about sexism or other social justice issues. Was GTA4 free of any and all social justice issues or did people just not care back then?
So why does it seem like almost every game nowadays has some sort of social justice issue attached to it? The first thing that comes to mind is that obviously there are more females playing video games now than there were then. But are the majority of female gamers so wrapped up in gender politics that they need to know if a game is misogynistic before they play it? How many women out there actually were offended by the characters in Dragon's Crown? Would GTA5 really be any better if it had a female protagonist?
The other conclusion I can think of is the whole "Games are art" movement that has picked up as of late. If Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us are anything to go by games have "grown up." No longer are video games silly toys for adolescent boys and neckbeards. Games are now an art form to be taken seriously. There is no room for racism, sexism, religiousism(?), and so on in art unless there is a deeply rooted meaning behind it.
I only have my viewpoint (that of an American male of Cuban descent) to consider. Perhaps I've just been desensitized by the internet but I rarely ever find anything offensive anymore, If I do I usually just grumble about it and then move along with my life. I find the constant sexism flinging in video games to be rather silly on both sides. What say you?
CreaTAYve Rambling is a semi-regular (as in whenever I feel like it) article I put together where I just ramble on about what I feel like. I make no guarantees of coherence, grammatical correctness, or that the thing on your arm isn't infected.