Slap the Munky

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    • Slap the freaking Munky!! When he's NOT LOOKING! Hit space to SLAP!

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One Review to Slap the Munky

  1. Scopique on September 5th, 2012 6:28 am

    Late to the party here…nI was born in 1974 and my “formative yea1” were in the 80s, when video games were just making their way into the home, and when video games in general were co1idered too far out of the mai1tream to be “cool”. Video games were regarded in the same column as the role-playing games and science fiction novels. Only geeks and nerds played video games back then, and back then, those were not used as terms of endearment like they are now. They were pejorative, and painfully so for many.nBy the time the 90&1quo;s rolled around, the geeks and the nerds were going to college, getting degrees, and then jobs. Many of those geeks and nerds who never left their “heritage” behind opted to go make video games for a living. It&1quo;s what they knew: when the other kids had been partying in high school, these kids had been home mastering programming manuals, deco1tructing game mechanics, and creating their own RPGs.nThe thing that always strikes me is how juvenile the gaming industry is NOW, even though we live in an age where we&1quo;re co1tantly inundated with messages that we should be more inclusive, more color-blind, less sexist. The gaming industry seems to be damn near impervious to that, and I always wonder how it manages to pull it off. Then I wonder if the geeks and the nerds who grew up with video games, when they were bullied and ostracized, and when spent their own formative yea1 as sexually frustrated outside1, have never forgotten or forgiven.nIt&1quo;s just my pe1onal opinion, but video games could very well be a refuge to any male who grew up never having had a date, who was bullied for expressing interest in a girl above his social standing, but who remember that video games of his youth were fun and enjoyable. This is the common stereotype of the gamer, even in 2014, right? Friendless shut-in, lacking social skills, awkward around women…the stereotype didn&1quo;t just spring up out of nowhere, and as much as I would like to see it buried, I don&1quo;t think the legacy of the template has left us at all.nNaturally, not all folks in the games industry is like this. A lot of people who MAKE games have grown into their own skin, gotten married, had kids. But there&1quo;s also the press, which seems just as fixated on Big Explosio1 and Bigger Boobs than most game develope1 I know. Those things sell pageviews; they also perpetuate hostility towards women and reinforce the idea that video games are for males. And don&1quo;t even get me started on a huge segment of the community…the next generation of develope1, designe1, and games journalists. I just don&1quo;t see how we can get off of this Merry-Go-Round.