eSport gets a dose of Equality by segregating the community

Hey guys, what’s up? Today, I have taken the liberty to talk to you about something that caught my eye when I was going through Eurogamer. I came across this article and after I was finished reading it, I came to the conclusion that, Gaming community could face another GamerGate-type movement.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, the article can be found on Eurogamer with the headline, ‘First women-only esports car racing competition announced‘.

You can read the article at Eurogamer but I will be touching on a few points that I found to be…interesting.

The time-limited competition, which launches on Steam this autumn, will donate a percentage of its revenue to female-focused charities and “aims to provide a supportive, female-friendly environment that encourages more women to play esports while drawing attention to the often hidden role of women in racing and automotive history”.

Female Friendly environment? In other words, a safe space akin to those that have been cropping up on university campuses in the west where the greatest threat known to women are not allowed to enter – MEN.

This sort of approach creates segregation in a community and in this case, its gaming. Gaming has always been inclusive with only the best making their way in esports and professional gaming. Creating a women-only esport event means that women will be allowed to enter the competition based on their gender and not on their merit and performance (something I think any self-respecting woman would disagree with) and stronger candidates may not be allowed to enter the tournament if they have a penis.

Now, picture this for a moment: imaging there was a men-only esport event that prohibited women from entering just so they will not be bullied and harassed by men? First off, feminists all around the globe would lose their temper and will actively participate to push the sponsors to boycott the event. Second, you are trying to take care of the issue here by isolating the problem to protect the potential victims. The problem of harassment will still be there. You are simply removing the fraction of victims.

Yes, I said a fraction of victims.

Everybody faces some sort of harassment and bullying and when it comes to online and gaming – everyone gets harassed. It’s not a gender-based issue as some people say. Men suffer harassment as well and in some cases, it’s worse than what women face online.

And now, this is where I will list problems I have with this approach.

  • You are making the assumption that all harassment is done by men which is not true. If you see the drama unfold sometimes on Twitter between female gamers (or e-girls, as some like to call themselves that), you will realise that women harass other women too. Occasionally, women harass men too.

    And if you do believe that men are ones that harass women, then I am sorry but you are sexist and please, take your misandrist attitude off my site.
  • Taking women out of the equation is not going to solve anything. For the sake of argument, if I (reluctantly) believe that male gamers harass female gamers – opening doors to female-only esports would mean that more women would go for such events. If they want to, it’s their decision. However, that means that those harassers are still there in the community and if they won’t be harassing women, they will harass other male gamers with their attitude and conduct. Instead of creating a women-only esport event, developers and game publishers need to work closely with esport organisers to offer more security to gamers who attend and participate while employing strict measures in tackling such abusive behaviour.

    There have been instances in the past where professional gamers lost sponsorships because they ended up saying something on their live-streams that was culturally or racially offensive. So, it’s not like people are not getting banned. They are. Such rules are in place to make esports more fun by getting rid of potential problem-makers.
  • How would you define harassment and bulling? Some people define harassment as threats while others define harassment and bullying as simply disagreeing with their opinions. Take a look at Anita Sarkeesian and Sargon of Akkad incident that took place at VidCon. Anita called Sargon a ‘garbage human being’ while she was addressing the crowd as a panellist.

    One may argue that Sargon should not have attended her panel in the first place considering in the past, he made videos on debunking feminism and Anita Sarkeesian’s view of videogames and pop-culture.

    But that is also a prime example of a woman, Anita Sarkeesian, stepping out of her protective shell, out of her safe space, in a public environment where there is a high possibility that she might have to rub shoulders with her critics, fans and haters. And how does she respond? She completely flips out. It’s pretty much the same thing. Instead of offering a level playing field, you are creating segregation in the community by offering a different platform to women. So, what do you will happen when these female gamers will try to enter a normal ‘open to all genders’ esport competition? They will be out of their safe spaces and will be in a place that they might consider hostile to them. It is not fair on these women, nor its fair on men who would have to put up with their ‘entitled’ attitude.

  • In the article, it says that around 5% of esport participants are women. Do you not think that creating a women-only esport event is disrespectful to women that enter these events and not only put up with the so-called harassment but combat it by displaying their superior gaming skills? Of course, it is.
  • Another interesting point in the article was the paragraph, ‘Despite being able to compete on an equal playing field with men, only five per cent of esports players are women. This is often chalked down to the major earning gaps between men and women as well as the online bullying women in games often endure.’

    Call me a sceptic (or a misogynist prick), but this sounds a lot like the Feminist narrative that seems to play on a regular basis on Tumblr and YouTube nowadays. I am going to go through the entire paragraph piece by piece to debunk it.

    “Despite being able to compete on an equal playing field with men, only five per cent of esports players are women.”

    This, right here, is misrepresentation of information at its finest. According to Christina Hoff Sommers, a Factual Feminist who proved that videogames do not cause violence and misogyny, said in her videos that the ratio of male gamers to female gamers is 7:1. When you take that number into account, women only making five percent of esport players seems to make sense, especially when you take into account that not everyone breaks into esport and it’s a very competitive industry.

    “This is often chalked down to the major earning gaps between men and women as well as the online bullying women in games often endure.”

    A lot of people don’t realise it but women, on average, make more money via Twitch donations when compared to men. This is why we have seen the rise of so-called ‘Boob Streamers’. And as far as the actual tournament money is concerned, this point here is completely rubbish.

    I have not seen a tournament winner to win less money just because she is a woman. If an individual wins the tournament, they get the prize. I have never seen any event go, ‘hey, you are a woman. You only get $5000 instead of $10,000’.

    Many esport players do not go in as individuals but rather as clans. So, when the pot money is won by a clan, the money gets split. Whether the money is split unevenly among the players is something that is down to the clan itself, not the awarding bodies.

    Another thing which I would like to mention here is that many esports are covered widely by media over Internet and often sees endorsements by brands like energy drinks, gaming setups, etc. If such gender pay disparity existed, do you think those companies would continue to endorse such events? Take a moment to think about the answer.

    And as far as online bullying is concerned, that is also a misconception that is widely spread. Gaming is the only industry that does not reward you for your skin colour or gender identity. As long as you are good in a game and has a decent Internet connection, nobody cares who you are.

    The article spews more feminist-propaganda at you as it goes on by claiming how misogynistic gaming community is and all, but gamers know how inclusive this industry really is.

    I am proud to be a gamer. I do not condone violence, bullying or harassment on any level. And I am also proud to know that the majority of gamers out there feel the same way.

    Ghostbusters 2016 | Misogynists and Feminists on the net

    What’s going on, people? Suneil Angel here and today, I am writing a blog that I should have had written a long time ago but never got around to. I know I am late to the party but I had to share with you a piece of my mind about the casting controversy of Ghostbusters 2016 and how the media reacted to it.

    Ghostbusters 2016
    Ghostbusters 2016

    First off, let me get a few things out of the way: I am all up for equality for men, women and the LGBT community and while I am here, I would also put it out there that I do not think that the 2016 reboot of the Ghostbusters movie was terrible. It was an ok-ish movie but my problem is how the reboot was handled and how media labelled the outcry of the fans as misogyny.

    For those who do not know, Ghostbusters 2016 was a reboot of the franchise that began its life in 1984, starring a group of men who captured ghosts. The film found its audience at the cinemas thanks to its humour and the cast that gelled perfectly together. IMDB rating for the film is 7.8 out of 10 which is pretty good.

    Cast of the Original Ghostbusters

    It even got a sequel in 1989.

    There had been talks of a third movie since the second one but Sony could not churn one out but the success of the first movie led the studio on a path that would turn the Ghostbusters movie in a franchise that is still remembered in many people mind. That included the videogames on retro consoles, books, manga and comics.

    But that’s not it, Ghostbusters even got an animated TV show called The Real Ghostbusters that featured the original characters, not actors and the series ran from September 13, 1986 to October 5, 1991. The series had 140 episodes spread across 7 seasons.

    The Real Ghostbusters featured the original characters and was set after the events of the first film

    The animated TV show was so successful that there was a follow-up animated show called The Extreme Ghostbusters and it aired in the late 1997. It had one season of 40 episodes.

    The last outing that saw the characters and actors reunite once again was for the PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360 game called Ghostbusters: The Videogame in 2009. The game was critically praised and sold over one million copies, which is respectable in gaming terms.

    Ghostbusters: The Videogame was released in 2009 and has sold over a million copies.

    With a rich legacy in mind, one has to wonder: why would Sony reboot the franchise?

    The logical answer to that would be because the original cast members are now too old to bust anything. I am sorry but I am being honest here. It would have been amazing to see Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Husdon (Harold Ramis, who played Dr. Egon Spangler in the first two movies sadly passed away in 2014) don their jumpsuits again with their proton packs but that was not going to happen. So, Sony decided to carry on the franchise by introducing new characters.

    The problem was, this was not the fans were asking for.

    When the first two movies came out, it was not just grown-ups who saw the film but kids too and these kids grew up with childhood memories of growing up with the franchise in the form of comics, videogames and the TV shows.

    So, when the reboot was announced and it was revealed that the new movie would feature new characters, fanboys (and girls!) were not happy that the characters they grew up watching and fell in love with were not appearing and the original cast was simply reduced to just cameo appearances in the film.

    It had nothing to do with Ghostbusters 2016 featuring an all-female lead.

    The trailer on YouTube became the most disliked trailer by May 2016 and the ninth most disliked video on the video streaming service. Fans were unhappy with the choice of the actors and because they were women, their disapproval was labelled as misogyny. Trolls only added fuel to the fire that was already blazing high.

    Is the Internet really filled with misogynist men who can’t stand the sight of women?

    Feminists and SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) came to the rescue in the most bizarre fashion ever – one that not only a disgrace to the ethics of journalism but also a disgrace to the Ghostbusters franchise. If you do not believe me, take a look at some of the reviews I managed to pick up from Rotten Tomatoes.

    Eleanor Ringel Cater wrote in her review on SaportaReport:
    “After all, these ghostbusters are – gasp – female, a notion so catastrophic that a zillion trillion Blog Boys have had something akin to a collective meltdown. That Heiss is played by Bill Murray, one of the original ghostbusters back in 1984 (and, again in the so-so sequel), only adds to the “take that, misogynist idiots” joke.”

    It needs mentioning here that not all downvotes and hatred came from men. There were some women as well who shared their displeasure online as well but since the cast is female and they are being hatred, so it must the men who hated them.

    Erika W. Smith of Bust Magazine wrote her review of the film with the headline:
    “The New ‘Ghostbusters’ Is Better Than The Original — YEAH, I SAID IT: BUST Review”
    It should be worth mentioning here the original has an IMDB rating of 7.8 out of 10 while the reboot has 5.3. Clearly, this journalist has no idea what she is talking about.

    Rebecca Pahle, from Pajiba, wrote,
    “To all the Internet manbabies convinced that Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot will be the worst thing ever to hit theaters on the basis of RUINING MAH CHILDHOOD: Sorry not sorry, you big dopes. It’s actually a damn fun movie. I know, I know.”

    She also wrote in her review: Rowan North is like if Reddit became a person, except without the cursing or rape threats. (PG-13, y’all.) He does not have a neckbeard, physically. But he is a neckbeard, spiritually. He’s a bullying victim turned bully, a man who thinks his intellect entitles him to obedience and respect from people he believes to be inferior to him in every way. When he doesn’t get it, he lashes out. He has definitely used the word “sheeple,” and not ironically.

    Wow, this reviewer is not biased in any way whatsoever.

    Linda Cook of Quad City Times wrote her outstanding review of the film with the headline:
    “You shouldn’t be afraid of the ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot”.

    Notice, in her review, she never mentions the pacing of the script, character development, the quality of visual effects or the quality of the film in general but she rates it a solid 3 out of 4.

    There are many other reviews out there like these ones I have just showed you that basically shame you if you try and say that you are not happy with the casting choice. The thing is, internet has once again, misunderstood the entire issue. The issue is not that the cast is all-female, the issue is that the original characters are not making a return but the SJWs and Feminists are labelling them as misogynists.

    It was obvious that Sony had a problem with the original cast now too old to bust some ghosts and they had to find a solution. Trouble is, they found the wrong solution.

    There are three things I would like to mention here.

    First: why would they cast an all-female lead here? How can they allow that? Just level with me on this: if they had starred men instead of women and changed their names to ones in the original movie, do you think all this issue would have taken place? Of course, not. Casting women as leads was nothing more than a gimmick implied by the director to appeal to the female demographic as Paul Feig did previously with his movies like Bridesmaid.

    Bridesmaid was also directed by Paul Feig, the man behind Ghostbusters 2016 reboot.

    Second: Ghostbusters 2016 failed to impress many at the box office which made Feminists cry from the top of their lungs that it was the misogyny of the internet fanboys (seriously, there were girls too, you know?) that led to the poor box-office collections. This is a poor argument as evident by the record breaking box-office collections of Wonder Woman which came out in 2017. Do you know why that happened? Because Wonder Woman stayed true (as much as it could) to the original source material while being loyal to the original fan base – something Ghostbusters 2016 could not do.

    Wonder Woman performed very well at the box office, even when it was faced with the criticism of starring an Israeli actress in the lead who has even served in the army as part of the two year mandatory service and the film was denied release in some Muslim countries

    Third: if Sony really wanted the franchise to move forward, why did they not go with the storyline of the Extreme Ghostbusters? For the uninformed, Extreme Ghostbusters was set years after the events of the animated TV show The Real Ghostbusters which showed Dr. Egon Spangler recruiting teenagers to become the new generation of Ghostbusters after the original crew parted ways. Now I know this storyline would have been impossible to pull off as Harold Ramis is no longer among us, but it would been nice to see the original cast passing the mantle over to a new generation of Ghostbusters as they retire – thus waving a respectful goodbye to the fans that made the franchise so popular and welcoming a new wave of fans.

    The Extreme Ghostbusters was a follow-up to The Real Ghostbusters in 1997

    But unfortunately, that was not the case. This movie has gone down the dump as many other have gone including the Tom Cruise starrer The Mummy reboot. Seriously, when even Tom Cruise cannot get the audience in the cinema, you know you made a mistake.

    My vlog is also up. Yhe video is called “How Feminists reviewed the Ghostbusters 2016 Reboot“. More videos are on my channel Suneil Angel” if you fancy a browse.

    Alternatively, you can check out the vlog below:

    That is all for today. Stay safe and peace out.

    Comic Con 2017 | Manchester | Photos and Video

    Whew! Where to even begin? First off, I must apologise for being late in posting this blog but after I came back from Manchester Comic Con, I had some stuff to do on Monday and from Tuesday – I had been at my workplace. So, I did not have the time to write a proper blog about it.

    Right, time to dive into it.

    Manchester Comic Con was great and it was a pleasure to watch all these amazing people with their cosplays and how they brought the fictional characters to life. My family members, who know that I have been attending Comic Con for the past two years were shocked to see the level of dedication put in by these talented cosplayers. You can see all the photos I took of these cosplayers below:

    A collection of photos taken on Day 1 and Day 2 of Manchester Comic Con 2017. Feel free to tag yourself in the pics.

    Posted by Suneil Angel on Sunday, July 30, 2017

    This year, I cosplayed as Deadpool for the first time but I tried to bring a new touch to the cosplay. I always thought, if Deadpool and the Godfather ever had a crossover, what would it look like? Well, I would look something like this:

    I bought the mask over Amazon and a fancy Mafia themed props which cost me £28 in total, put on a suit and viola – my Mafiaso Deadpool outfit was ready. Walking around with the mask on was not that difficult but it did take a toll on me at the end when I went to Fab Café at the end of the night for the after-party. Me, nor my friend Claire who was dressed as Harley Quinn from Arkham Series had it in us to party the night away.

    On the Sunday, I was walked around in my civvies and took some time out to film some cosplayers posing for my vlog. Shout-out to all who the time out to pose. You can check out the full vlog below:

    Comic Con is nothing without the merchandise stalls and this year, I did manage to bag me some cool stuff. I did make a vlog which will be linked below but if you do not fancy watching it, here is what I got: one Overwatch t-shirt, two Fairytail t-shirts, RWBY Volume 1, 2 and 3 on blu-ray, an anime called Another and a manga called Tomie by Junji Ito.

    Overall, it was fun-filled experience and I am looking forward to more of these conventions in the future. To stay updated with my latest vlogs and news, hit me up on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.