The Rape Joke That Wasn't Funny During The Microsoft E3 Presentations

Gamer culture is a known boys club, I get that.  I learned that fast during college, when I would beat countless guys my dormitory in games like Street Fighter, Virtua Fighter and Mortal Kombat. I was unstoppable, and they usually had nasty remarks after they were handed a whopping. Even till this day, I still enjoy playing with my son and against others on Xbox Live.  Personally, I don’t know too many women, besides my idol Aisha Tyler, that are gung-ho over video games.  It’s pretty much a male dominated activity, and the subject matter of the games are a clear indicator of that.

Every year during the biggest videogame conference spectators are on the lookout for the next “big thing”.  At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Microsoft put together a huge demo of Killer Instinct for its new XBox One

During the demo, a man and a woman are challenging each other in the game. The conversation went like this:

Girl: I can’t even block correctly and you’re too fast

Guy: Just let it happen. It will be over soon. 

You know, like rape. The audience laughs. Of course because rape jokes are always funny.   NOT.

The guy continues to beat the woman in the game.

Guy: Wow, you like this?

Girl: No, I don’t like this.

 

 

I enjoy a good joke like the next person.  I’ve done stand up at various open mics. Hell, I’ve even written jokes for BET.   But I’m not sure who thought a rape joke would be funny, especially in an environment already dominated by men. The fact that this presentation, more than likely, was screened even before the big reveal, and no one thought to themselves, “Well this doesn’t sound appropriate”, is a bit disheartening, but unfortunately, not surprising.

I’m not sure how many women were in attendance during the demonstration, but the joke garnered plenty of laughs.  The gaming community needs to do better. The misogyny that exists in it won’t go away until people stop perpetuating it.  By people, I mean not only gamers themselves, but corporations like Microsoft that allowed such a shitty  joke to happen.

 

 

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  • Camryn

    Also this post is pretty much a gamer who is saying the same thing as Yesha:

    http://gamersagainstbigotry.org/2013/06/why-just-let-it-happen-itll-be-over-soon-is-a-rape-joke-and-extremely-problematic/

    And *Gasp*

    He’s a guy!

    • bob

      I stopped taking this gamer dude serious when I read him say that the United states does not have a murder culture. Lol tell that to chicago residents , you telling me that all the violence we are exposed to through media is not a problem , it that their is rape culture but no murder culture in gun crazy America. You cant make this up I understand you have an agenda to push but dont go crazy and just make this up just for the point of trying get people to agree with you.He also said their is no victim blaming to murder victims. Tell that to all the drug dealers , gang bangers, sex workers. The people that decided to accept that ride from a stranger, nope nobody never blames those people for being killed. nope never heard of that before.

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  • thetruth

    Talk about grasping at straws. This is just regular trash talking.

    This is why a lot of guys are resistant to women coming into male-dominated spaces. Because they have to walk on eggshells around women!

    Women have their own spaces that they control. But then y’all want to force yourselves into male spaces and control them too!