Game News: Blogger Boycotting Borderlands 2 – Because Gearbox “Is A Mysogynistic Company”
In a new article over at the Policymic website, the video-game enthusiast and aspiring novelist claims that he is boycotting all Gearbox games, as he believes the developer to be “a misogynistic company making misogynistic products”.
“As a game that has been well received by critics, I should be giddy with joy that I may soon get to play [Borderlands 2],” he writes. “However, the game is developed by Gearbox Software, makers of Duke Nukem Forever, and as a protest to what I perceive to be a misogynistic company making misogynistic products, I have boycotted all Gearbox Software games.”
Siddiqui goes on to criticise Duke Nukem Forever’s depiction of women in detail – with a focus on now-notorious level ‘The Hive’ – and compares it negatively to that of the Tomb Raider series.
“Misogyny arises not out of what developers show but often what they leave out,” he continues. “Take, for example, Lara Croft. As the protagonist of the Tomb Raider series, the iconic character is always shown to be wearing revealing clothing. However, even though she is shown as an attractive woman, the developers always dress her with more class and contextual propriety than any of the women in Duke Nukem’s world and she has nothing left out to keep her from being a complete character; she has a personality, a goal, the ability to act, and intelligence. In Duke Nukem Forever, none of those traits are ever given to the women.”
Duke Nukem Forever’s perceived sexism and tastelessness was heavily-criticised by many critics and gamers at launch, but boycotting all Gearbox games will no-doubt seem a drastic step to most.
Borderlands 2, which is out today in the US and later this week in Europe, has already reached more than 1.25 million pre-orders – and has received widespread critical acclaim from across the journalistic spectrum.