For great social justice! Let’s write off Call of Duty already.

So if you’ve ever read a feminist critique of games or gamers, I can guarantee you Call of Duty was mentioned.  But the truth is we need a better sample-  if you’re going to complain about gamers as a community, call them sexist bigots trolls haters basement dwelling angry curmudgeons or what have you, Call of Duty is the worst place to start. The quality of inter-player chat in that game is SO ridiculously hateful that it borders on parody.

I’ve played the war games online, action games and MMOs (massive multiplayer online games) and I can tell you the communities in games like Diablo and World of Warcraft are far more polite. There’s something about first person shooters, like Call of Duty, that brings out the tar-scraping bottom of the barrel when it comes to manners. The worst offenders are teenagers still learning the best derogatory phrases in their native tongue, but the sexist rage hate against women gamers and hate in general against ANY gamer who is perceived as underperforming or hurting the team, can come from any age person during a match.

So before we run out of salt listening to some of these angry pundits like Anita Sarkeesian who want to equate the gamer community with the decline of human civilization let’s be sure we’re critiquing many different types of games across different genres, and not using the troll-spawning nature of games like Call of Duty to spray paint an entire industry.

Now as far as a little context here, Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency is one of the industry’s most outspoken critics (and she does make some great points but tends to bury them in antagonistic bile and hand wringing) harped on CoD as the nexus of male-based-evil in gaming.  That is until a video surfaced where she admitted in a lecture that she doesn’t like or play video games…

Now critiquing entertainment content is great, but would we accept a movie critic who didn’t watch films?  A literary critic who didn’t read or a food critic who didn’t taste what she was judging?  Of course not.  Critiquing the game industry needs to be a dialogue, not a diatribe from an uninformed party- and although the incredible hate-spewing and death threat reactions she got from internet trolls are NEVER ok (and speak to the larger problem of anonymous internet bullying- hardly limited to the context of games) I can’t think of a better way to bait gamers themselves then doing things like trying to convince us the word “gamer” is sexist.


Hello World

So let’s smash the bubbly on the prow of my yacht and get this thing rolling, and don’t let the lack of a yacht and fact that I don’t drink ruin the image…  The first post of a blog is awkward for several reasons- there’s no real precedent, and your subject has to be created and exercised in the same post.  To that end let’s start with this- what is Gameworld Guru?

I am a gamer, first and foremost, but I like to think I have evolved beyond my container.  Myself and the others who will be working on this site are students of the game industry- we’re afficianados, fanboys, developers, artists, writers, and on occasion holier-than-thou uber nerd trolls depending on what the situation merits.  In other words we’ve earned our stripes living and breathing the world that we love, and my hope is that this blog can distill some of our collective observations about the industry- where it is, where it [should be] going and perhaps some insight into the unbridled crazy that is this amazing interactive entertainment business.

So what’s the plan?  Well, I’d like this site to become an unhealthy habit- for us (of course), but also for you!  I’ll be offering my take on what developers out there are doing right, what they’re doing wrong, and what I see as the future of gaming and what the industry needs to learn to get there.  We’ll also bring the funny.  And by that I mean “political cartoons” about gaming, by gamers.  We’ve got a lovely little world in the works called NPCene; and with it we will finally be giving game NPCs the voice that they deserve.  No more sitting in your shop amassing billions of broken daggers because every hero who finds one wants to sell it to you.  NPCene will debut with comic panels like you’d see in the Sunday paper, and that’s just the beginning.

I’ll be doing some game reviews as well, and many will touch on an issue that is near and dear to my heart- women in games!  I’ll be talking about how female characters are depicted, how I’d like to see them depicted going forward, and making fun of critics for screaming about the trees and missing the forest.  There’s a distinction between deliberate fantasy and attempted reality that’s never talked about when it comes to game development, and it needs to be.

Artwork and short stories will also feature on the site, along with something we can certainly all agree on- GAMES.  That’s right we will be featuring games on our website- Flash games to start and then branching out as we go forward.  One of’s faces is that we are a game startup.  So it may seem like foot-in-mouth for a blogger to say ‘talk is cheap’ but what really drives us is the thrill of the project.  And there are quite a few!  We’ll be sharing details and offering up what meager entertainment we can for your perusal, refusal, ridicule and/or jealousy.  If nothing else games will make us one of the noisier blogs around.

So welcome!  And if you’ve read this far your check is in the mail. Stay tuned and game on.