I like skimpy armour. There, I said it. I like armour that’s flattering to the form and still fantasy-friendly. Before you grab your pitchforks, hear me out. I’m not talking about female characters wearing straps of leather and pretending it protects them in some way, but y’know that Conan guy? Yeah, I think the bare-chested look with the loin cloth works for a big sword wielding fella, and why shouldn’t that be an option for the ladies too?
Realism is a wonderful thing in armour, and something I have a great deal of respect for. Breastplates without boob curves look fantastic, and even better if they don’t impale the poor women wearing them. However, I’m not averse to the infamous “boob window”, or characters that require a great deal of manoeuvrability wearing clothing that doesn’t restrict their form. While I’d probably prefer my rogue to be wearing form-fitting black leather that covers the majority of her body, with a hood to match, I’m not going to turn my nose up at a bit of cleavage, or a midriff displayed here and there.
I realise that some people will feel this makes me a bad feminist, because skimpy armour is there to objectify and overly sexualise women, however I don’t entirely agree. While yes, games like TERA are fairly renowned for their armour that borders on the ridiculous, I do feel that we’re conflicting here a little. To quote Dani Colman in her post The problem with false feminism (or why “Frozen” left me cold):
I don’t have a particular problem with women being sexualised on screen, either: as long as they aren’t objectified, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with celebrating that the female body can be a beautiful thing that is very appealing to show off.
Feminism states that women should be entitled to wear whatever they want in the real world. Shouldn’t women in the gaming world have the same options open to them? At least within reason.
I don’t personally have a donate button on my blog or stream, but I’ve seen a lot of great streamers who do. I generally don’t choose to donate to them, but I think it’s a great way for people to show support to people who create great content, be it through writing, video, podcasting or any other medium. I have, however, seen a lot of hate directed at people who have a donation button.
My first problem with this is that these people are creating content that you enjoy watching…for free. There is no charge, and a donation is by its very nature a voluntary thing. Now, I can understand being frustrated by people going out of their way to solicit donations, or making it the main focus of their content, but this shouldn’t reflect poorly on the people who work hard and have a donation option available to anyone who is interested in adding some additional support. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with someone earning a little bit of cash from doing something they love, if they have the option available to them.
My second problem, is that a lot of female content creators, particularly streamers or video creators, get a lot of flak for this in particular. Now, I don’t want to sound like a broken record (which I know I probably am at this point) but it is definitely not a women-only thing. I see plenty of male streamers or content creators accepting donations for their content too, and that’s okay! “But women only get donations because boobs!” I hear you cry. Not only is that irrelevant, but it’s also not true. A lot of streamers, regardless of gender, receive donations because people like to support them, and want them to continue doing what they do. Why? Because they’re fun to watch, and losing that entertainment would be upsetting to a lot of people who enjoy their content.
So while I don’t feel that a donation button is right for me at the moment, I don’t look down on someone who has one. I turn my nose up a bit at those who beg for donations or add to their intro or outro that there’s a very easy way to donate down below, however those who simply have an option available do not bother me in the slightest. You’re totally entitled to your opinion, of course, but don’t paint all content creators with the same brush, particularly if you’re going to make it a gender-based thing. It’s not.
What is a “Season Pass”? According to Wikipedia, a Season Pass is “a ticket allowing admission to an attraction multiple times during a certain period (a “season”), often a year or the duration of a sports or performance season,” or, in the world of gaming, “a special purchase available for certain video games, which typically allows the owner access to some or all future DLC for the game for a one-time fee.”
I’m here to say that I think using the term “Season Pass” to refer to DLC content for a video game makes no sense. How do the two ideas above link to one another in any way? The only thing I’ve been able to come up with is that occasionally a video game’s Season Pass will allow players access to all DLC released during a period of time, however here are the problems with that idea:
» There is no such thing as a “Season” unless we are talking about esports/competitive gaming, which DLCs are generally not a part of.
» A Season Pass in sports allows “admission to an attraction multiple times during a certain period”, implying that admission is limited, which it isn’t when a gamer purchases a “Season Pass” for video game DLCs.
» From time to time, a Season Pass will allow players access to all future DLC, in which case it’s not really a Season Pass any more, is it?
Most importantly, perhaps, it’s not very representative of the gaming community as a whole. The vast majority of gamers are outside the US — purely because it’s only one region out of many — and Season Passes are something that exist primarily in the US and aren’t very well known in other regions. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t cater to American gamers, but wouldn’t it make more sense to make these “Passes” more relevant to the global community, rather than just to an arguably small subset of that community? I honestly had to look up what the heck a Season Pass was, and was under the impression that it was going to allow me access to certain content for a limited period of time based on the confusing name. Either way, it didn’t sound appealing, and unsurprisingly I haven’t bothered buying a Season Pass yet.
So, unpopular opinion time: Season Pass is a stupid title for DLCs. Let’s come up with something better, please.