So last weekend was International Woman’s Day weekend. Many of you may not have known that, others may have stumbled across it on Twitter or Facebook or other social media sites. But only one gaming company nodded to it directly, that I know of anyway, and that is Wargaming.
In addition to pledging matching dollars to women’s veteran charity agencies, Wargaming produced a little video as a nod to all the women gamer’s out there.
Since you probably don’t speak Russian, you’ll want Silentstalker’s translation here.
Silentstalker, or SS as he is commonly referred to is a big time blogger with many many hits. And he ponders a question at the end of his post:
“I was just wondering… why don’t we have stuff like this on EU? You know, something cute, normal, funny, not awkward (I don’t know about you but for example that EU office Harlem Shake video made my face twitch). I don’t know. The Americans seem not to be able to do this type of “normal” humor either…”
I don’t know about the EU, but I can answer the question for here in the North American region. We can’t have things like this because invariably someone will be offended, take umbrage, and then play the martyr card. And then the company has to apologize and face the fall out on seven different forms of social media as being assholes who don’t know any better. Hell, I will probably get flak for posting the video here and even bringing up the topic.
The bottom line is that we have taught companies that we can’t be trusted and that we can’t have nice things. And so there will be no fun and cute little videos, because the risk is just too great. And that – is a shame. Because then instead of celebrating female gamers like we could have been doing this past weekend, instead we just remained silent. Years ago Monty Python was legendary in their belief that there was nothing so serious that it could not be included in the realm of humor. Now we are surrounded by the tide of topics that is off limits because they must be handled by kid gloves and a full PR department, or not handled at all.
Reminds me of an old saying from Chesterton: “Good taste, the last and vilest of human superstitions, has succeeded in silencing us where all the rest have failed. (Heretics, Kindle Location 75)