I'm sure some of you are wondering what I've been occupying my time with since my last serious post (especially given my seemingly sudden absence). Well, a lot of that time I have spent playing video games. One of those happens to be God of War III (I've already beaten it, by the way, and am playing through it again). With that in mind, I wonder if any of you can tell me what I might find offensive about the latest douchebag PS3 commercial:
Woman: Dear PlayStation--I know in God of War III, you're this Kratos-guy seeking vengence against the gods. But since my boyfriend got it, he's been totally ignoring me (whimpers).
Dude: (fighting Leviathan boss in God of War III): Okay, aw! Okay, hold on.
Cut to Kratos ripping jaw off leviathan.
Dude: Thanks for coming.
Woman: (in disbelief) Ugh!In this short commercial we learn:
- Women are attention-seeking whiny bitches, who cannot stand when their boyfriends pay attention to anything else, least of all a video game.
- Women do not play video games. They do not understand the appeal of video games. They have no idea who big name characters are because the realm of video games is incomprehensible to limited lady-brains.
- Men choose women over video games. Every time. I wasn't even aware that there was a women vs. video games thing happening. Oh well.
- PlayStation is still pretending that female gamers do not exist.
This commercial is particularly rage-inducing to me, as I, a woman, have not only heard of Kratos, but has played as him, and has already beaten the game in question. This commercial says that women don't play video games, and still are not even considered part of the gaming demographic.
Perhaps it's just confusing to some people, since the God of War series is as far from a traditionally feminine game as possible. Kratos is essentially raw testosterone, committing all sorts of atrocities in his quest for vengeance. It's difficult to imagine that women can find enjoyment in disemboweling centaurs, ripping enemies in half, or smashing a man's face against stone until his face is unrecognizable. But I assure you, dear readers--it is possible. It would be nice if gaming industries could remember that from time to time.
Admittedly, it may be a little creepy that I cackle maliciously as the action slows on a particularly gruesome battle, but that's another issue entirely.