Friday Freebie: the Ubisoft is full of shit edition

Well, this week is E3, that hallmark of entitlement and sexist bullshit, where the same old shit is paraded by industry insiders as “what to look forward to” in the next year of gaming.

In such an environment, it really takes some effort to distinguish yourself for bullshit sexism. Yet Ubisoft went the extra mile and claimed that the reason there were going to be no playable female assassins in their upcoming Assassin’s Creed title is because it would double the development cost and it was “a reality of game development”.

Uh huh. Because, as someone on my G+ pointed out, you can animate each individual feather on an eagle’s wing, but women? That shit is just too hard.

As you can expect, people have been having a field day with this. So I thought that I would devote an entire links post to the excellent responses that people have made to Ubisoft’s nonsensical assertion that they can’t include playable women because it’s just toooo haaaaaard.

This is one of the first takedowns I saw and does an excellent takedown of the problems with Ubisoft’s logic.

Is ‘we don’t have the resources’ an OK excuse for keeping female heroes out of games?

A stunning showcase of innovative character design: 40 male protagonists at E3 2014

There were more severed heads than women presenters at E3 2014 #yearofthebeheading

An NPR interview with Leigh Alexander and Aisha Taylor on E3 boy’s club nonsense

BioWare’s David Gaider on his personal tumblr, on why game companies need to do better

Over on tumblr, a great comic dramatizing the difficulty of animating female characters

Other game devs calling Ubisoft on their bullshit

Lastly, some super on-point tweets that pretty well summarize how I feel

This game IS NOT bullshit. It is awesome and you should fund it the end.

 

About wundergeek
In addition to being a cranky feminist blogger, I am an artist, photographer, and somewhat half-assed writer living in the wilds of Canada with a wonderful spouse and two slightly broken cats.

6 Responses to Friday Freebie: the Ubisoft is full of shit edition

  1. Adam B says:

    Someone (EDIT: it was Ron Fahey here) pointed out that the most famous assassin of the French Revolution is Charlotte Corday, who was in fact female.

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  5. You are too effective at directing my money to cool Kickstarters!

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