Have you ever found yourself thinking about women in games? So much of the market is dominated by men that it’s hard for women’s voices to stand out. There’s so much untapped potential in the form of new ideas and points of view that women can bring to the table. Now we can talk about this all day, but there’s a point where that stops doing any good. Someone should do something. While so many people in the community and in the media are sitting in an echo chamber and making themselves feel good, there’s one group that’s actually working to make a difference. Meet The Fine Young Capitalists.
The Fine Young Capitalists have a mission to get more women involved in making video games. What exactly are they doing? Here’s a quote from their IndieGoGo campaign:
We took 5 women who had never designed a video game before and gave them professional concept artists to create their ideal game. We created a prototype and now want the internet to vote on the best game so we can make it and give all the proceeds to charity.
I’m happy to say that the group recently surpassed their funding goal of $65,000 and still have twelve days left in their campaign. But they wouldn’t have made it if it wasn’t from the help of a surprising source. The biggest supporters of The Fine Young Capitalists’ campaign was 4chan’s video game board, /v/. TFYC has attributed over $23,000 to have been donated by the people on /v/. The community on /v/ has even made creative contributions to the group. Allow me to introduce you to Vivian James.
Vivian James was a character that 4chan created as part of the IndieGoGo campaign’s $2000 perk. If you want to know more about her, Know Your Meme has the full history of her. The board also got to choose which charity the profits went to and ended up picking the Colon Cancer Alliance in solidarity with video game YouTuber TotalBiscuit. Not only that, but when The Fine Young Capitalists asked the board what kind of video they would like to see, /v/ responded by asking for a video on female game developers. That led to a great series on the subject.
If you haven’t heard much about The Fine Young Capitalists before now, it’s because a lot of sites have blackballed them. There’s been a lot going on in #GamerGate over the last month and included in that is a lot of BS from gaming publications. The Fine Young Capitalists were screwed over by the associates/supporters of a certain someone and there’s been a lot of fallout since then. So when TFYC came along sites refused to cover them and others wrote hit pieces.
A lot of people are saying that by taking money from /v/ they are being manipulated by people who harass women in the gaming community. But come on, let’s be real. Which makes more sense? That the $23,000 4chan donated came from primarily the same people who send death and rape threats and the support is part of an elaborate PR stunt? Or does it make more sense that the extremists are a small minority of gamers and a much larger group of people genuinely care about women in games and giving to charity? It’s so hypocritical that the people who claim to be defending women are going out of their way to say why they don’t deserve to make games (that is if they choose to talk about them at all).
If you’re a blogger, journalist, “journalist” or anyone else in the games media and you’ve chosen not to cover TFYC because of their ties to 4chan and #GamerGate, I am deeply ashamed of you. If you’d like to contribute to the campaign there are twelve days left. To vote on which game concept should be made click here.