Now not even the Chinese are free of “sexual harassment” nonsense.
American feminists will go to your Chinese social media, translate it, then try to torpedo the English port of your game.
Game Science is a Chinese company operating out of Hangzhou. This is a fully Chinese company. It doesn’t have American employees.
It also does not appear to have female employees.
It is beyond the pale that an American gaming publication – IGN – is feminist witch-hunting Chinese people.
Black Myth: Wukong studio Game Science has once again been accused of fostering a sexist work environment, with developers found to have made crude, highly sexualised and demeaning comments about women. Some devs have frequently talked about the game using sexual innuendo too, making many women in the Chinese gaming community uncomfortable.
This comes courtesy of a report from IGN, exploring the misogyny attached to Black Myth: Wukong and the Chinese gaming industry at large. In the report, multiple instances of Game Science employees making highly sexualised and sexist comments are shared. IGN also verifies reports of job recruitment posters for Game Science bragging about “friends with benefits” perks in the workplace, and another poster allegedly reading: “Fatties should f*ck off.”
Yeah, I think that sounds like a normal male workplace.
I don’t think they are actually hiring women.
Also, this is in China.
While it has already been widely reported that a developer for Black Myth: Wukong openly expressed that he doesn’t want women playing his games, the report finds the source for this. It stems from a Weibo post from the game’s lead artist, Yang Qi, written in 2013, in which he suggests that women and men cannot enjoy the same games.
“The G-spots of male and female games are fundamentally different,” reads the post, translated by IGN. “This is not determined by the gaming environment, but by biological conditions.”
I don’t understand targeting a video game here. It doesn’t make sense. These are views held by the entirety of Chinese society.
Of course gamers hold views similar to everyone else in the country.
He continues, growing increasingly hateful towards what he perceives as games made for women: “F*ck sissies, f*ck tragic love stories, fuck moon-lit peach blossoms and flute-playing scholars! […] Some things are just for men, their depression, their anger, their pain…”
Is that a shot at the Japanese…?
Some of these comments are recent, with one social media post from technical artist Daiwei discussing a half-snake woman who appears in the latest Black Myth trailer. “The snake spirit is different from what I imagined,” says Daiwei. “But if I cover the bottom half with my hand, it’s still possible to jerk off.”
The report quotes multiple women in the Chinese gaming community who express their discomfort at the language used by the men at Game Science.
“These male developers have never paid the price for their misogynistic remarks,” says one woman, going by the pseudonym, Jen. She also says that the gaming community doesn’t want this to change. “In their eyes, women don’t deserve respect. Even just listening to them is considered pandering, a marketing tactic, and catering to Western political correctness. I can’t describe how despairing this feels.”
Again, you could go to any company in China and find these same attitudes. You could go to any company in any country with a traditional social order and find these attitudes.
The crudeness of the statements has to do with the fact that gamers are usually younger and edgier. Older men running a washing machine company in Shenzhen might be less blunt, but they would have the same basic views.
Coming out next year