S o T o S p e a k | Ep. 50 | Games Go Gay

This probably isn’t the best episode I’ve ever done but I wanted to cover the diversity-fest at this year’s E3 Expo because it was definitely some of the most pozzed shit I’ve ever seen in my life.

It would appear that what Stefan Molyneux calls “the black market of male achievement” is doing everything it can to alienate the people who funded it from the ground up — white male gamers. Got a problem with that? “Don’t buy our games”, Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Blizzard, and Naughty Dog all say in unison.

Never mind the fact that you funded their entire industry from the ground up, white man. Never mind that they use your governments and taxpayers to fund their operations when you won’t buy their games. Never mind that your kids are sold into national debt so they can get subsidies from the state. Never mind any of that. The critics, the developers, the politicians, the activists, and the lobbyists are the REAL source of gaming culture; not you, bigot. The “open” and “inclusive” space they’re trying to build here isn’t for you, white man. Thanks for all the shekels but your toxic masculinity and whiteness isn’t welcome here.

So I’ll be covering the expo, but I’ll also be getting into a piece about diversity by the editor of Game Informer, a speech about diversity given to the attendees of IGEC by the head of Blizzard, the criticism levied at Nintendo for producing games their fans actually want to play, criticism levied at Steam for their decision not to censor hate speech, and a little known tidbit about how the government of Canada is subsidizing all of this bullshit.

This is EPISODE FIFTY of So to Speak w/ Jared Howe.

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