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10 hours ago, Mitch Mitchell said:

I am shocked - so, as a result, they have had to fire one man on a board?

Like others said, must be something that applies to new hires, I read something last year about they were trying to get the same sort of law in regards of ethnicity, not sure if it went through or not… I don’t live in the US.

6 hours ago, spa said:

First of all this is corporate boards and not "average workers" we are talking about.

It was asked if there were quota laws and so I looked it up, cos I was expecting there were at least in California. Top or bottom of the food chain, the point is that some legislation exists. I wasn't passing judgment.

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9 hours ago, blackdog said:

It was asked if there were quota laws and so I looked it up, cos I was expecting there were at least in California. Top or bottom of the food chain, the point is that some legislation exists. I wasn't passing judgment.

My bad, I should have more clearly directed my comments, it wasn't meant as a critique of the link itself, but rather to some of the conclusions drawn by @Mitch Mitchell

edit: Ive edited my original post to quote the correct post.

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It’s a shitty, evasive answer to her question using humor to deflect, but it’s easy to fall into that when you’re trying to deflect attention away from a person asking a question which implicitly includes a potentially tough criticism of your game. Unfortunately for those chucklefucks, they ain’t comedians, and it wasn’t effective.

I’ve definitely used humor to try to deflect when I’m a similar setting of someone asking you an awkward or unpleasant question and it genuinely does come across better to take five seconds to actually think about how you’re going to answer. People will laugh and act like they didn’t see the evasion, but they do.

Also, in retrospect, not a great look that the guy named in the law suit as Mr. Bill Cosby is giving her a weird stare

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24 minutes ago, FMPONE said:

It’s a shitty, evasive answer to her question using humor to deflect, but it’s easy to fall into that when you’re trying to deflect attention away from a person asking a question which implicitly includes a potentially tough criticism of your game. Unfortunately for those chucklefucks, they ain’t comedians, and it wasn’t effective.

Was the response inappropriate? Maybe, but her question was snarky and she completely set herself up for that kind of reaction.

"As a female player of WoW, I would prefer if there were less sexualized female character designs available for us, as opposed to the eye candy designed to cater to the male players." - would have generated a very different response. Or, at least, if a similar response had been given then, it would have been entirely on them for souring the interaction, which I don't find to be the case as it stands.

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17 minutes ago, ThunderKeil said:

Was the response inappropriate? Maybe, but her question was snarky and she completely set herself up for that kind of reaction.

"As a female player of WoW, I would prefer if there were less sexualized female character designs available for us, as opposed to the eye candy designed to cater to the male players." - would have generated a very different response. Or, at least, if a similar response had been given then, it would have been entirely on them for souring the interaction, which I don't find to be the case as it stands.

I think these QA sessions are a bad idea because these aren’t trained media people or from the looks of it, very bright dudes when it comes to speaking with the public in person.

I would have a simple ground rule: just be sincere in your answers, don’t try to be a fucking comedian, that’s not what we pay you to do.

”Great question, we will pass it on to our character design team” — all his dumbass had to say

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5 minutes ago, FMPONE said:

I think these QA sessions are a bad idea because these aren’t trained media people or from the looks of it, very bright dudes when it comes to speaking with the public in person.

I would have a simple ground rule: just be sincere in your answers, don’t try to be a fucking comedian, that’s not what we pay you to do.

I agree - although I'd have to watch the full event to know the tone of the rest of the QAs to state that with full conviction - but nonetheless.

My point is just; she gave them sass, they gave it back. Was she actually interested in having this question answered, or just trying to make a point? I know it's an incredibly banal expression, but 'play stupid games, win stupid prizes'.  She chose the tone of that interaction, she's not the victim of it.

Was it unprofessional? Yea, I think so. Was it inappropriate? . . Again, depends on the broader context of the event, which I don't know well enough.

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The reason female characters look hot (most of the time) is the same reason male characters are ripped (most of the time). We are cranking up perks of each gender. Nobody wants to look at regular people in fiction same way nobody wants to see fat dudes in porn (most of the time).

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It wasn't an unreasonable question at all. The answer to it is pretty easy too. Its "yeah we will aim to do that in future".

1 hour ago, Buddy said:

The reason female characters look hot (most of the time) is the same reason male characters are ripped (most of the time). We are cranking up perks of each gender. Nobody wants to look at regular people in fiction same way nobody wants to see fat dudes in porn (most of the time).

What a ridiculously silly take, but then again you have shown your hand a few times in the thread already.

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On 7/24/2021 at 3:02 PM, spa said:

Secondly it doesn't sound like anyone's getting "fired" and replaced. From the article: " In large part, companies appear to be complying with the law either by filling an empty seat with a woman or by adding a seat and giving it to a woman."

I'm not a huge fan of quotas like this in general, but I recognize that it can be necessary, maybe only temporarily, to grow a more healthy and balanced culture.

I can't think of anything more offensive to a female - to only have a job because of a quota.

Just hire the best person for the job, and the let the DICE fall where they may.

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8 hours ago, ThunderKeil said:

Was the response inappropriate? Maybe, but her question was snarky and she completely set herself up for that kind of reaction.

I think you always have to be the bigger person, no matter what’s being thrown at you.

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11 hours ago, ThunderKeil said:

Was the response inappropriate? Maybe, but her question was snarky and she completely set herself up for that kind of reaction.

The issue there is, even if the question may be snarky, when you are an important figure like, for this exemple, dev of one of the most important game of the era with a room full of fans and with probably millions of people watching this conference, don't act like a fucking rockstar. You are giving the message to player that it's normal to act like jerk with women gamers.

 

But, ho well, I should not be surprised from a country where you just need to "grab them by the pussy".

 

7 hours ago, Mitch Mitchell said:

I can't think of anything more offensive to a female - to only have a job because of a quota.

Just hire the best person for the job, and the let the DICE fall where they may.

I'm against quota, I think it would make it worse, for reason like the one you mention. But you can't deny this industry is too much dude sided. Early from the nineties, advertising for video game were massively oriented to guys. Small example : Lara Croft was sexualised as fuck, I don't think it was intended by its creator.

If you want to have more women in the industry, just show them that they have a place there. But how do you do that with all the shits that happen ?

 

14 hours ago, Buddy said:

Heartbreaking? Brave?

 

L O L

Dude, explain to me why women I know who plays Overwatch are too afraid to use the voice chat ? Because gamers are a fucking nighmare, of course she needed to be brave to ask stuff like that !

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