The concept of this news is simple. A radio station known as The Blitz, which focuses on rock music, was holding a contest where the ninth caller would receive a free copy of Conduit 2 for the Nintendo Wii. The ninth caller was indeed a gamer but not one that should represent gaming to the public eye. This caller appears to be a big-time victim of gender roles and stereotypes in today’s society based on his comments. The host of the station at the time of this contest asked the man, who won Conduit 2, why he played games that required killing people. In essence, the winner replied other games are for “*******”. Wait what? So anyone who plays games like LittleBigPlanet, Flower, and The Sims are relative to the female genitalia? If you’re flabbergasted by these comments like me, check the full story after the break.
The radio station 99.7 The Blitz has been holding a Conduit 2 “awareness” campaign since the beginning of the week. As such, on Tuesday they decided to give the Wii FPS exclusive away for free. The ninth caller to contact the station would receive the Wii title absolutely no strings attached. Once the winning caller ringed in, a little bit of hope died in the hearts of gamers everywhere. Once the formalities were out of the way the host, Theo, asked the man, “So you a gamer?” and he replied, “Yea, my kids and I love them.” The host then asked a very unorthodox question.
“Why does it have to be about killing people man? Why not have a game about blowing bubbles?”
The caller laughed and then said, “No, they’re for *******.” Yea, father of the year right here.
Obviously, there is no game (at least to my knowledge) that focuses solely on blowing bubbles. However, gender roles and stereotypes have long established bubble blowing with girls and children. What about other “girly” and “childish” aspects in gaming? Is thatgamecompany’s Flower, Maxis’ The Sims, Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet, or anything that doesn’t involve shooting not worth playing?! Let’s say there was a game about blowing bubbles but it received critical and commercial acclaim. Should it be labeled a ***** game like what a sexually confused, high-school bully would call a nerd?
What’s even worse is it’s people like this that garner the attention of all the anti-gamers. The reason why people blame violence on video games, organize petitions against interactive entertainment, and have an unfair prejudice against gaming stems from these situations. Gamers aren’t just a bunch of violence loving, gun-trotting, sadists who only enjoy shooters. In fact, fellow DualShockers writer Allen Park will tell you that first hand. Gaming is a culture and like any other culture, there are bound to be “less-than knowledgeable” individuals. That doesn’t mean that all the attention should be focused on solely them; which more than likely gives people the wrong image of “true” gamers. Please don’t stereotype video games and the people who play them.