EA’s hotly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront II is set to be released this year, and lightsaber fanatics the world over are excited to face off in yet another cluster of force fueled showdowns. Unlike its predecessor, Star Wars Battlefront II boasts a single player campaign, offering offline entertainment for those who don’t see the appeal in competing with complete strangers around the world whilst being called a string of racist and homophobic expletives over voice chat.

Said single player campaign also has a minority of far far away-ers (a significantly more creative term for Star Wars fans) upset, due to its inclusion of a female protagonist. Whilst these gamers shake angrily at the thought of wielding both a lightsaber and vagina in unison, the remainder of us non-moronic human beings can take just a few minutes to read as to why this attitude may still exist within the gaming community, and why it reeks of cringe inducing stupidity.

Amidst the YouTube comment section of Star Wars Battlefront II‘s latest trailer, I stumbled upon an all too common example of a depressingly idiotic remark in the form of “Star Wars Battlefront II isn’t a sandwich making simulator, so why does it feature a female protagonist?” Crust riddled man-babies such as these continue to give the gaming community an overwhelmingly poor representation, and will often support their blatant sexism with lazy and ill-informed arguments. I wish to discuss these below, and why they simply do not excuse or justify the poisonous ideology of gender elitism.

Argument 1: As a male, I find that playing as a female character spoils a game’s immersion for me.

When playing a game, you rarely project your own body and mind upon a character (with the exception of games allowing for character customization, including gender and voice). Does anybody play Grand Theft Auto V and remark “As a male, I heavily connected with Michael due to our shared gender, and felt that I was operating within the game world as a digital rendition of myself, as opposed to him, a fictional character”? Each and every game places you into the shoes of somebody other than yourself, and tasks you with accomplishing their goals. You are a player, along for the wild ride that a fictional character is going to whisk you away on. Claiming that you dislike playing as a female character due to you not sharing their gender, and as a result having your sense of immersion compromised, is the equivalent of claiming to dislike playing as Super Mario because you do not share his Italian nationality or plumbing profession.

Argument 2: The majority of the gaming industry’s audience is male, and this is simply an attempt to pander to the female market in a social justice warrior-esque maneuvrer.

This is true, the majority of the gaming industry’s audience is indeed male. For the longest time, developers targeted this demographic in question with stylish and exciting action games. The female demographic were, unfortunately, treated to far lesser experiences, in the form of patronizing makeup appliance and dating simulators drenched in a plethora of pinks. Due to this miserably misguided mishap, many females still to this day discredit gaming as a medium of entertainment that is unsuitable for them.

Despite the popularity of gaming amongst the female demographic growing ever so slowly in recent years, with the stigma of it being a ‘boys only club’ gradually washing away, the damage has already been done. As a result, the inclusion of a female protagonist at the forefront of Star Wars Battlefront II’s story will more than likely result in little to no difference in who decides to purchase the game, as to say that it would implies that females will only buy games featuring protagonists of their own gender. Crazy, right? Who on Earth would feel uncomfortable playing a game due to the protagonist’s gender? Oh…

Maybe EA desired to switch things up purely for the sake of variety, regardless of gender subtext?

Argument 3: I feel uncomfortable about/around women.

The only legitimate reason for holding any kind of negativity regarding Star Wars Battlefront II‘s replacement of hero with heroine is due to this belief. If you are uncomfortable with playing as a female character within a game, then perhaps you have personal issues with the ladies? Maybe you had a crush on somebody and they turned you down? Maybe you’ve been indulging in too much music and/or media that represents females negatively? Maybe you have simply never been around genuinely kindhearted people of the female gender?

Whatever your personal excuse for hatred may be, you will be far happier when you escape your mindset of negativity. I am fortunate enough to have my wonderful girlfriend and close female friends to thank for instilling me with a positive view of females, and I can only wish that we are all lucky enough to be given a positive impression of individuals from all walks of life, whoever they may be. As human beings, we subconsciously gravitate to the desire of being greater than somebody else, and this often leads us into seeking entitlement for our own achievements.

In more harmful examples however, that craved entitlement manifests in the form of elitism in gender, sexuality, nationality, religion, politics etc. Even the practice of talking down to and lecturing those holding sexist beliefs toward females is a form of entitlement for myself. As a species however, we must learn to communicate respectfully with one another (I apologize for my earlier hurling of insults), embrace and celebrate our quirks and beliefs, and try not to childishly silence each other simply for holding opinions of difference.

In summary; girls are cool, and girls with lightsabers and blasters are even cooler!

I have spent my life in England finding entertainment in both video games and music. Whilst not indulging in the latter, I invest my time in playing all manner of video games, and as of 2017, writing about all manner of video games. Email: harrymorrisharrymorris@yahoo.com
  • jesse burrows

    i think it just these grown kids just need to shut down these weak statements period…..I see no problem as a male in which I’m 40 yrs old…. I’ve seen and played all types of games during my time as a gamer….I think the men today are being the females, i mean who cares if there is a lead woman in a video game…..

  • John Cal McCormick

    I’ve never understood the immersion argument. Like people would feel they could relate to this light-saber swingin’, force wieldin’ space wizard more if only they didn’t have boobies. Get in the sea.

    • J.j. Barrington

      The reverse is also true, is it not?

  • Dylan Lemieux

    I don’t mind games where you play as a female at all. If that’s what the main character of the story then so be it. The only thing I was kind of uncomfortable with was in Black Ops 3 where half of the enemies were women. I don’t know, it’s weird. I felt bad killing them.

    • Aaron blanchard

      Not in the campaign there’s not. And that’s your weakness pal, your empathy for chicks!! Even if they aren’t even real you feel bad. You must have yet to get a good ball kicking from a chick. Experience that and you’ll grow to be a man one day. In your case a man with his balls stuck up his crapper, but a man nevertheless!!! And real men believe in Gender Equality in every aspect. So break out the brass knuckles and show them who’s boss next time a feminist spits in your Bieber hair!! Woman around the world will thank you for it and line up around the block to fulfill your rim job fantasies!!!!Your Welcome.

  • Yo Mama

    I’m a male and I couldn’t care less about playing as a female. I’m fine with it. However, I do have a problem if they are only doing doing it because of a social agenda. Look at the last two Star Wars movies. Both have a female lead. Now this game. Makes you wonder if they’re doing it for the right reasons or because Star Wars is now owned by the biggest Social Justice Warrior company there is.

    • Aaron blanchard

      Yeah, and that’s why the new movies are garbage. Nothing new and best part is cameos from old cast members. Just look at Ryu Ken or whatever the name was of the bad dude in the force awakens. He’s a transgender Jew who identifies as a truck C.B radio. Star Wars is dead because Disney killed it.

    • J.j. Barrington

      I’d argue Finn is as much a protagonist as Rae is.

  • Dude Gamer

    I thinks it’s fine. Do people complain about Lara in the Tomb Raider series as well?

    • Aaron blanchard

      Only complaint I had was she had pants on.

  • DarthDiggler

    Who gives a ratsass what some provocateurs say on the Internet.

    I will point out that Disney seems to have a fascination with female leads lately.

    • Aaron blanchard

      Disney has always favoured girls or woman in their big production flicks. I heard Walt Disneys head was just recently transplanted to a new body…. Ellen Degenerates body!!!! And to Tell you the truth, he still looks like a man!!! Next year there will be a transgender lead announced by Disney, guaranteed. Voice acting by Bruce Jenner….. Kaytlin.., I mean Cuntlin Jenner. Whatever that dawn thing is it’s going to be the voice!!!!!

  • Saul Martinez

    triggered

  • Aaron blanchard

    Hey as long as she’s got a tight pair of pants on and a camel toe like Laura Croft, I’m in. Time to break out my crusty sock and divorce my wife.Star Wars had gone politically correct and bad-datt-da-da-da…… I’m lovin it!!

  • thethunderbear

    Good article, these need to be more frequent across the gaming media as it’s an area that needs change. I think developers like Naughty Dog would agree, and did you have any problem playing as Last of Us’s Ellie? Or that most likely you’ll be playing Ellie in the sequel? I’m grateful she’s not sexualized in the sequel based on the small clip, no women in the original were either. I think that will bring in more women to play video games and I think that would be good for the industry and gamers.

    • Aaron blanchard

      How can you sexualize her?? She lookslike she’s ten years old and a dyke. Give her a dress and make up and she’ll look like one of those rare dykes that actually wears makeup, not the kind with short hair and a ring of kubassa in her pants. And we don’t want more women playing video games. All they do is cry and complain that everything is sexist. Hey ladies… get a Switch and piss off.

    • Tomaterrrx

      Sexualizing Ellie would be f***ing weird dude. She’s like 10 years old.

      EDIT: Just realized you’re talking about the sequel where she looks much older. About 18-19 years old

  • R6ex

    Look at the picture … Its the face of a MAN!!!

  • J.j. Barrington

    Nobody actually cares. A handful of people on the net pretend like it bothers them just to stir up controversy, but nobody’s genuinely throwing a fit over this.

  • Harry Morris

    @disqus_0RsGb13ocK:disqus Thank you for all of your ‘comments’. Regardless of whether you are joking or not, your opinions have further confirmed for me the depressingly ever present sexism within not just the video game community, but society itself. I hope that in time you can begin to understand the content of my article in question, as it appears judging from your responses that much of it went over your head. I’m not a ‘Tumblr social justice warrior’, and I’m critical of political correctness, but your lack of understanding or empathy towards people other than yourself makes me feel very sorry for you. I hope that in time you can find happiness in both yourself and others! <3

  • Joe Green

    Simple. Don’t play the single player if you don’t like a female lead. Ignore and move on.

  • Tommy Shields

    It’s not immersive because until now all of the canon Imperial Armed Forces were crewed exclusively by human men. Shoehorning a woman into the Empire not only breaks the history and persona of the Empire, but disrupts the characteristics that make the Empire into a clearly negative force in the galaxy.

    TL:DR They’re SUPPOSED to be space nazis people!

  • Ben Kolar

    I don’t mind females being protagonists in video games, but I do mind a female becoming the protagonist in a star wars game, because Disney is getting annoying. We don’t need another female lead in another star wars creation. We get that Disney likes to fight sexism with sexism, but seriously, another female protagonist?

  • Martin Parodi

    while i enjoyed several games which feature female protagonists(last of us, remember me, tomb raider, mass effect trilogy(played as both female and male, and female was outstanding to)) i must say i do prefer playing as a male character.So many games nowadays feature female PC that i actually started avoiding them(horizon, shenhua, and probably BF2(though this one more for the microtransactions). Why can’t they do like Mass Effect, give us the choice