Ahah, making fun of people for things that directly influence their lives negatively and then adding “tumblr” at the end is so whacky.
Now sit the fuck down and let me tell you a thing. First off: just because it doesn’t influence your life it doesn’t mean it’s not a problem to other people. Yes, the boy/girl thing restricts the gender spectrum to just black and white, and this means that anyone who isn’t cisgender is left out. And this can be applied to anything in that rant that’s played as a fucking joke:
Google this and look at some of the very good articles others have written on the subject, which are worded way better than i ever could. But the thing can be summed up with this: by restricting the gender, skintone, sexuality choices etc you are effectively cutting out everyone who doesn’t fit, which has the effect of alienating people who don’t see themselves represented, as if they were invisible or simply didn’t matter. Video games are an important part of our culture and reflect our world, which in this case is one that ignores anyone who isn’t white, cis, het and usually, male.
And then some fucker with photoshop comes along and decides hey, i’ll make a mockery of anyone who feels insulted by being treated like they don’t exist, that’ll show them!
TL:DR version: go fuck yourself.
People act like it’s such a big fucking deal to implement this simple stuff, too. All it would take would be a slight tweak to the code to change references to him/her to a custom-input set of pronouns. It really would have absolutely no effect upon gameplay but it’d certainly be welcome to a lot of people.
And skin color? That’s just as easy oh my god, just add some more color palettes to the sprites they’re not even that complex as they are. And why not allow a change in gender?
These aren’t at all unreasonable demands, especially given the power of modern handheld devices and the storage capacity of the carts, people have just been conditioned to think that a tiny fucking bit of representation is some massive hissy fit of pie-in-the-sky whacked out dreams because of snarky, bullshit stuff like this post.
Ugh. See, this is what makes things unfun for everyone. Picking apart these little details for sake of “equality.” Listen up and let ME tell you a thing. There’s a little detail called sex. Your sex is concrete, you can change your sex, yes, but sex is a physical thing. “Is your sex male or female?” I’m pretty sure a lot of trans* folks identify as one sex or the other. And for those in between, what does your physical body look like? You have to have a little heart and imagination and stop being so overly critical of this shit, because it’s not going to be immediate gratification when it comes to these rights.
This is a Japanese game. No this doesn’t mean suddenly your feelings are invalid, because I understand the feeling of being excluded. I understand it very much so. But what you have to understand is that it’s up to you to include yourself. Just because it doesn’t give you direct options to choose every fucking gender identity and sex under the sun doesn’t make the game a bad representation of gender equality. Yes speak up, yes advocate this equality, yes be proud of your sexual identity! But you know what? These games aren’t trying to separate you from anything.
Who’s to say your “girl” can’t have a dick under that dress? Who says your “boy” can’t have a fucking vagina instead of a dick? Who’s to say your “boy” wasn’t a girl before? Who’s to say your “girl” wasn’t a man before? Who’s to say your character doesn’t have a different gender identity from their physical appearance? Who is to say they don’t act genderfluid? Stop acting like they are actually limiting you!
"Are you a boy or a girl or a hermaphrodite or a genderless or a genderfluid or a mtf trans* or a ftm trans* or none of the above" It’s just useless specificity, there’s a fucking reason the character is a blank slate outside of their sex. So YOU can make the character what YOU want outside of the standard “boy and girl” selections! Stop being lazy and expecting everything around you to just be different because you’re not entirely fond of it! You have to change the world around you, don’t leave it to other people all the time.Use your creativity to change this, use your brain. And as of gen 6, you can choose your race, as well.
The more you act like someone is oppressing you, the more you will feel oppressed.Don’t let it oppress you, make your character what you want.