The Fine Young Capitalists Video Examines Gender Role Tropes In Games

The Fine Young Capitalists

This is dangerous ground we’re treading on here, but I beseech you gamers to tread on it lightly with me. We’re going to be venturing into a video discussion about tropes versus gender roles in games, provided courtesy of the group The Fine Young Capitalists. They’ve decided to offer up their own form of critical analysis about the issues and they’re even nice enough to leave the discussion threads open for debates; meaning, you don’t have to just agree with what they say.

Now let me make one thing perfectly clear here: I’m not a social justice warrior. I’m not really a pro-anything. Heck, I don’t even associate with any specific political stance, other than maybe being somewhat moderately conservative with left-leaning principles… maybe? But the main thing is that – like anyone who hates to see bullying take place and unfair treatment exercised – I hate injustice. I hate it to the core of my bones.

The Fine Young Capitalists have come under some heavy fire after their unfortunate brush-in with those associated with Silverstring Media. The general gist of their campaign is to help more women get into the gaming industry. Their IndieGoGo campaign sees a pitch for a game made by a female, and then if it’s selected by the community in a public-poll, the game is put into production by the female-led Columbia-based design studio, Autobotika. Games idealized and created by women for everyone.

Well, there’s also this whole thing about blacklists and corruption. So if you have time to read over that stuff it’ll help enlighten you about why major gaming media outlets refuse to write about or promote The Fine Young Capitalists.

Nevertheless, TFYC are continuing to spread a message of equality by delineating into the subject matter of gender roles in games with their own series of videos.

Their first video is entitled “Another Castle” and it discusses the different influences and roles both women and men share in gaming and popular media. It’s a brief introduction into what I hope will be a thorough examination of the subject matter from the perspective of informed minds. Check it out below.

Another Castle

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The video offers a look at how the role of the “damsel” and the “hero” can be interpreted through media and why. A lot of it boils down to biological hard-wiring. The interesting thing about it is that through the expository examination of the topic, the question is asked about changing these roles?

Look, from where I stand I think that there are certain reactive practices based on psycho-physiological tendencies. Certain biological makeups seem to influence people more or less into certain behavior patterns that might influence the way people project that into their activities, desires and even hobbies.

So personally? I don’t think those base principles will ever change. But whatever, to each his or her own.

I think that having the discussion is as important as bringing the discussion to the forefront of industry without badgering anyone, threatening anyone or using victimhood to push an agenda. No one thinks that inclusion shouldn’t be discussed and no one thinks that tropes shouldn’t be discussed. What most gamers dislike is being clubbed over the head with a subject matter and being forced to agree with the end-argument or told to “GTFO”, sort of like what’s happening on NeoGaf at the moment.

Now unlike some other websites out there, you can drop comments of all sorts below, because quite frankly I don’t give a crap if people disagree or not. It’s your opinion, own it up.

If you like what The Fine Young Capitalists are doing so far, feel free to support the cause by paying a visit to the official IndieGoGo page.

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3 thoughts on “The Fine Young Capitalists Video Examines Gender Role Tropes In Games

  1. I’m very excited to see where TFYC goes with this narrative, as far as their game goes. They’re already taking great strides for vocal feminism by actually producing a game made by women instead of just jeering from the sidelines. I, personally, don’t think storytelling methods (tropes) need to change, but I’m open to seeing what type of game they create by following their ethos.

  2. I expected to find it easy to respond to this video. Not because I assumed they would be wrong or overly extreme but because I think what so many miss is how far we really have come.

    Today it is possible for women or anybody for that matter to be anything. To do anything they wish. There are however costs for everything and not everyone is willing to pay them. If they are then the barriers fall.

    William you are certainly correct in that much of our behavior is rooted in fundamental biology. Men and women are not 100% the same. And to try and ignore these differences leads to foolish assumptions. To me the fundamental goal should be to allow everyone the same choices. Not to force anybody into a role simply because of ______ whatever you may wish to fill in that blank with.

    Women can join the US military today and fight if they so choose. Guess what? The vast majority do not wish to do so. After all the fighting for the chance in the end few really want it. On the flip side the percentage of men who wish to fight remains high. And until humanity evolves to the point where we do not have the need to fight and kill each other someone has to do it. It is an ugly truth but it is truth. Like it or not the law of the jungle lives on and I am afraid looking at the state of the world today it will remain so for quite a while.

    People wish to talk about the damsel in distress trope as if it is somehow only driven by men. But have you ever taken a look at a romance novel? You know women’s porn. Compared to those video games are the very soul of enlightenment. The vast, vast majority of those books are based around the very things the radical feminists hate. Nobody forces anybody to read them and yet they get devoured by the truckload.

    To me the perfect world is the one where everyone has the right to choose to be what they wish. If you wish to be the damsel and have your prince save you then you can. It does not make you less of a person to do so. If you wish to be the hero and lead the charge regardless of gender then you can. If you wish to strip off your clothes and make money off of leering men then you can. There is not, and never will be, one trope that fits everyone. All we need is new ones we do not have to trash the old. And frankly we never will.

    1. People wish to talk about the damsel in distress trope as if it is
      somehow only driven by men. But have you ever taken a look at a romance
      novel? You know women’s porn.

      Yeah, I wonder what the radical SJWs think about this? I mean, women enjoy romance novels, Lifetime movies and romantic comedies, many of which perpetuate the tropes that they’re supposedly against. Do they always want to take away the fun that women have in entertainment, too?

      To me the perfect world is the one where everyone has the right to
      choose to be what they wish. If you wish to be the damsel and have your
      prince save you then you can. It does not make you less of a person to
      do so.

      Agreed. I don’t really give a crap either way. I just hate being guilt-tripped into not liking games that I actually like, all because some far-left/right extremist is telling me that it makes the world an evil place.

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