When I was a young boy, I did childlike things and I believed in childlike dreams. Like Santa Claus. It always confused me how he was able to visit me on Christmas day even though we had no chimney. Was Santa Claus some infallible creature that didn’t need to comply to the laws of society?
But like everyone else (I hope) I grew up. I learned the way of life. I learned about all the things that is wrong in this world. All the lies we are told daily. Some might say that I became a jaded shadow of my former childhood self. I say, I became a realist. A person that is not shocked about the wrong doings out in the world. Because let’s just face it, the world is mostly wrong.
In 2012 the proverbial watermelon hit the sexist fan in the gaming industry. Stories came from all over of women being treated poorly in all aspects of the gaming industry. Female artist being told that they will never be as good as a man – which is weird because I distinctly remember being called all kinds of unflattering names in high school for taking art instead of a more, manly subject, like accounting. So needlessly to say I was a bit confused by the whole ordeal, but not at all shocked.
I mean, let’s think about it for a second. This is an industry with a community that is mostly made up out of men who shout all kinds of profanities about each other’s mother on a daily basis. But put that aside for a second. The reason I think people were shocked and horrified is simple. They think that the gaming industry is somehow different from any other industry in the world. The sad truth is that it isn’t.
So in 2013, when stories of racism within the gaming industry surface and every single game journalist out there lose their marbles over it, just know that it has always been there, and not unless we protest the world views as a whole, it will never change. We are not different or unique from anyone else. Racism and Sexism is something that should always be in your thoughts. It shouldn’t take a crazy story to make you realise that it exists. Change will come, it will not happen overnight. All we can do is keep fighting the good fight, and not just for three months out of the year.