Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Capcom likes sexism

Capcom seem to be courting bad publicity at the moment. First they openly admit to locking on-disc content (to be sold back to you, under the guise of DLC) now they've gone and reminded everyone why you want to avoid beat 'em up "pros" like Heather Mills avoids termights. To publicise their latest fighting title: Street Fighter X Tekken, Capcom set up a live  stream competition/reality show called "Cross Assault"which had players from the fighting game community split into team tekken and team street fighter. The coach for team tekken: Aris Bakhtanians, seemed to think the role of being a coach meant constantly making sexual and insulting comments to one of the female members of his team. Asample of which is shown in this video

When the community manager of ,Jared Rea (which hosted the stream for cross assault) challenged Bakhtanian over whether such behaviour only served to alienate new fans from joining the fighting game community. Specifically, getting rid of sexism in the community, Bakhtanian had this to say:
"You can’t. You can’t because they’re one and the same thing. This is a community that’s, you know, 15 or 20 years old, and the sexual harassment is part of a culture, and if you remove that from the fighting game community, it’s not the fighting game community--it’s StarCraft. There’s nothing wrong with StarCraft if you enjoy it, and there’s nothing wrong with anything about eSports, but why would you want just one flavor of ice cream, you know? There’s eSports for people who like eSports, and there’s fighting games for people who like spicy food and like to have fun. There’s no reason to turn them into the same thing, you know?"

Bare in mind, the player he harassed (because that's what he did do) pretty much walked out of the tournament and Capcom went on record as saying they have addressed the issue and sincerely apologise to anyone  offended by any comments made during the show. Yet Bakhtanian felt justified in his behaviour, because, you know, because he and his buddies acted like dicks -hanging around the arcade in the 90's- so it's ok to act like dicks now, especially to women.
ladies and gentlemen, this is what a cunt looks like

Great job on propagating the age-old stereotype of gamers being insular, hateful misogynists. It's bad enough with a biased tabloid media trashing video gaming at every opportunity, but it's the vocal minority of dickheads that are doing even more damage to the image of gaming. You gotta love him somehow using Star Craft as a example of a gaming community that has no sexism, as a negative. Frankly, I don't remotely like Star Craft, but I'll gladly by a copy now if it meant never being compared to utter morons like him.
The irony is, knuckle dragging shut-ins like Douchey O'Neckbeard are supposed to be the pro-gamers. Except he's misunderstood the pro part, i.e. acting like a professional. Which, to him means backtracking yet failing to actually apologise or see what he actually did wrong.
 "I understand that I said some controversial statements on the Cross Assault show, and a lot of people are deeply offended with what was said. When I made these statements, I was very heated as I felt that the culture of a scene I have been a part of for over 15 years was being threatened. I unfortunately used extreme examples in the heat of the moment and feel that my statements don’t actually communicate how I feel. This is similar to what people say when they get into an argument with their girlfriend, and they say things that they deeply regret. I sincerely apologise if I have offended anyone. My statements do not reflect those of Capcom or myself. The last thing I want to do is get them in trouble for giving me and the fighting game community the opportunity to have an amazing show like this.

What I was trying to communicate is that mild hostility has always been a defining characteristic of the fighting game scene. Back when arcades were more prevalent, people didn’t like newcomers, and players needed to fight and pay their dues to get respect. The debate I was in was with a person who supported professional leagues, who have intent to censor the community to make it more accessible. I think the sink or swim mentality is something that defined our culture, and if that succeeds it removes something which has been important to help create some of the best fighting game players of our time. I was unfortunately unable to make this point clearly. Again, I am deeply sorry for offending anyone. This was a combination of the people taking things out of context and my own inability in the heat of the moment to defend myself and the community I have loved for over 15 years."
 What Bakhtanian obviously did was confuse his precious fighting game community (which is just the same bunch of guys that still play super street fighter 2 and will think you're worse than Hitler for using E. Honda) being threatened with someone challenging their less than savoury behaviour. What it clearly is, is that Bakhtanian is clearly a petty, small minded twat. And if he's offended by that description...well, you know, it's just how people on the internet talk and I'm just exercising my freedom of speech.

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