Warning: Though discrimination is in the title, this isn't about one instance of discrimination or one period of discrimination but the set of actions that people knowingly or unknowingly do to turn general categories into centrist "mostly this" dominant categories.
It's normal for people to dislike something. Heck, it's normal for people to hate something.
This isn't even about whether it makes sense or not or whether it's just or unjust.
No. This is about the actions themselves. Like in racist dominant times in history, it's not whether you were racist or not had you lived in a different more modern time period. Instead it's this over-arching set of beliefs that seemingly develop out of nowhere and settled over the years that makes this trope go from audience reaction to general norm.
- While visual novels tend to be biased against because of their design and their association with porn, this post highlights one of the key reasons to why it has gone from mere ignorant bias to blatant discrimination:
Re: Surprised by this gem
Postby spelky » Fri May 25, 2012 12:21 am
I'm really disheartened to hear that Loren isn't making any waves on any sites at all. It really needs more mainstream coverage.
Change the music to a bland rock anthem, substitute zombie artwork for everyone and market it as a Zombie Apocalypse tale of survival and I'm sure EVERYONE will listen and take note!
You just don't get decent tactical combat AND story in an indie RPG these days. I think Temple of a Servant God suffers the same fate.
Has even Tigsource given it the cold shoulder?
Mainstream RPG gamers and their review sites are fickle and ignorant, from what I can tell. If it's not Witcher 3, or Dragon Age 3, or Skyrim 2, they probably don't want to know.
- As sexism becomes less and less of a problem in videogame circles with the influx of female developers and female gamers, mild sexism has gone from harassing actual humans to harassing other humans via keeping them from touching the hardware as shown here: http://kotaku.com/5919386/so-what-if-im-a-woman-let-me-play-the-damn-game
- It's not really sure whether Capcom is being discriminatory against it's fans, Vita or the Mega Man Legends series but it is generally considered by most of the gaming fanbase who are familiar with this issue that Capcom has a lot of guts cancelling one of the most highly anticipated game with the officially stated reason being:
”Unfortunately so few fans took part in the creation of the game. It was felt the project was not worthwhile.” And followed up with additional messages stating, “It’s a shame the fans didn’t want to get more involved if we saw there was an audience for MML 3
people might change minds.”
Software and Web
Anime and Manga
- For a short while, while few of the mainstream gossip *correction* "tech news" site won't admit to this, it was very clear that what was once an open space became more of adulation towards the tiniest things about popular services like Facebook and Twitter. This is hilariously played straight when Facebook's value appeared to not have been as valuable as it was originally predicted and many of these same news sites were among the first to go against Facebook and once again make Facebook's name newsworthy. For those who want to see actual articles. Top keywords to use in googling are: Facebook, CNET, stocks, IPO
- Opera. Ask most neutral or objective people on the browser war about Opera and most of the list would be how (not just why) Opera is discriminated against. This gets worse with biased fanboys and haters of course and Opera tends to not do anyone favors by not really listening to it's userbase until it's too late but if there's one name that's synonymous to discrimination in software innovative design, it's Opera. It's so bad even those who support or develop for Opera tend to have explanations that would fit the other browsers but they'll always reserve this as their reason for why they don't use Opera except for web development or why Opera hasn't taken off or why they mainly use IE, Firefox, Chrome even lesser known browsers such as Rockmelt, Maxthon, Flock, Iron don't have the set of actions done against them as much as Opera. For a long while, even popular services like gmail mysteriously had a slapslapkisskiss relationship where things would work only for a minor update to make certain small features fail on Opera.
- Though certain Americans originally tried (and failed horribly) at discriminating the unique values of Anime and Manga, the popularity has been said to have made many general sites biased towards anime and manga concepts. The most common site accused of this? TV Tropes.
- In particular, the problem with anime and manga are that they push the genre but with that comes a certain element of fanbase that Cargo Cult everything Up to Eleven in such a way that a series trying to make a heroine mature would end up being Rule34'd or that certain obsessive people would have an ephebophiliac interest in prepubescent girls (a safe effective way to release child rape tendencies if you're a pedophile compared to repression) but then lose their grasp on social etiquette and turn this obsession into creepy gatherings on real underage people. It isn't helped by the fact that even general anime fans can push anime and manga tropes into everything and often tropes that lean towards attributes fitting underage people as depicted by the stereotypes of the genre.
- A safe for work specific example of this is the hysteria created by fake "Death Note" notebooks where the culture of mass anime and manga fans allowed an innocent object as a black notebook to be treated as if it was the Mein Kampf
- While TV shows are as much politics as they are a competition for what will be shown in the next network lineup, Fox takes this executivemeddling Upto Eleven not because they are the most cruel and stupid but because of the precise opposite. They tend to have the best shows but they'll not only mess with the schedules but even if it does extremely well, they'll switch the order of the episodes around and the worst thing of all? They are still the network that tend to have the most original entertaining shows and still the network most famous for anti-discrimination plights such as the entire behind the scenes story of Family Guy and Futurama. They don't even fear hyping and then messing with the shows who's most important aspect of characterization is their linearity. The most recent example being The Finder where if you visit the message boards, such things like the main character suddenly not knowing a character are bound to happen for ALMOST the entire run of the first season.