A Dramatic Reading of YouTube Comments for Donkey Kong Pauline Hack

When one dad, Mike Mika, hacked Donkey Kong to feature a female main character so that his daughter could play it and relate to the game, his innocuous act created no small amount of controversy—at least among gamers who didn’t like the idea of someone hacking into their “precious” work of art, as if modifying the game in any way somehow ruined every pre-existing copy.

Needless to say, his modifications to the game were not very well received by a small, but vocal section of the public who also saw fit to leave a string of comments at the bottom of the video he posted of the modified game, and of his daughter.

The following video by Shesellssheshells, which has contributions from a variety of Twitter users, aims to provide a dramatic reading of the many vile comments Mike received.

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7 Comments on A Dramatic Reading of YouTube Comments for Donkey Kong Pauline Hack

Michael

On April 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I think thats awesome.
I really love stuff like this especially the Legend of Zelda where a woman hacked it to play as zelda because she thought she could play as her because of the title of the game.
http://geekologie.com/2013/03/all-the-rage-right-now-woman-hacks-origi.php

Jay

On April 4, 2013 at 11:39 pm

… And here I thought the dad was just doing something cool for his daughter?

Pretty sad display of douchebaggery from behind a computer screen.

Red Menace

On April 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm

YouTube comments are the lowest form of human communication.

Goner

On April 5, 2013 at 4:03 am

I was thinking that i was already face each type of Moth#*..fu…r!!
But this people just remind me what hole is this planet whit over 7 billion of civilized human living one,
because all those F#$*..;r got a keyboard and know how to use it they are my or your neighborhood.
I just want to fire some mighty FINAL FLASH !!!!!! on this misogynistic bas#***d.
Oh man i just can’t believe what i wrote ,i think i need a second coffee , or maybe i should stop coffee.

RJcb

On April 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

I think that people should report this. I did. Just because you get to say stuff on you tube, doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to be spiteful.

Mike

On April 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I think that linking this video was a bad move. I find it to be hilarious, simply because the people reading the comments do a great job of interpreting the douchebags/weirdos that originally posted them. The only ones the video is mocking are those original posters, and they do so in a way which, at least for me, is amusing. You should have linked the original video and let the people who cared search through the comments section and see this stuff first hand, uninterpreted or select some of the more neanderthalian comments and post them. I believe that would have made a better point. Reporting this video is stupid, for it is not guilty of anything.

As for the dad, it was a nice thing to do. The kid asked for something simple, understandable, and it was within the father’s reach to do it so he did. As for the negative reaction he got, it’s an undesired side effect of making yourself public on the internet. He should just ignore all of it and, more importantly, not let the girl see any of it. Right now she’s probably just kicking ass in the game oblivious to this crap and she’s better off for it.

Personally, i have a complicated stance on things such as racism, sexism and the such. It’s difficult to explain, but the short version is that nobody is completely in the right, as far as i’m concerned. Of course, when i say completely in the right, i am referring to what is PERCEIVED as racism or sexism, NOT if they, as a problem, exist or not. Regarding the video, i’ve met my fair share of feminists to say that maybe, just maybe, some of the anti-feminist remarks were not entirely, 100% unfounded, although they still had no reason to be on that video. There is a difference between how the leaders of an activist group officially present the matter and how some members of said group choose to act/behave about it, just like there is a difference between someone who is rightfully offended and a “bleeding heart”.

Also, on the matter of equal rights (referring to some debates in past articles on the issue of female protagonists), i was surprised to see a comment that actually qualified as a phrase, the one about hacking Tomb Raider to play as a male protagonist. If we eliminate any malicious intent the poster may have had and look at it rationally, calmly and neutrally, can we say for sure it would have been a thing applauded, or at least accepted, by all ? I think not, because nothing is just black or white, just right or wrong. The reason i’m bringing this up is because i heard people say they didn’t play Tomb Raider and won’t play Remember Me because of female protagonists they can’t relate to and were flamed heavily on for their stances. So, essentially, is it not the same matter as with the girl ? Sure, you can bring up the girl’s age and how those (maybe) adults should have been able to grasp playing as a female, but, at the very core, it’s the same concept of being able to relate.
Just my two (or apparently more) cents, anyway.

Dale Milner

On April 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

Mike – you’re right, of course. Unfortunately, GameFront has spent so long trying to drill this idea of industry-wide sexual bigotry (one-way bigotry at that) into our heads for the last year or so that even a clear case of sexism as evident in many of the comments for that video just comes across as more of the same from a site with a clear agenda. The fact it’s been posted by Ian “female supermodels/dancers/any profession based on looks are doing it against their will and should be protected from their own beauty” Chong doesn’t help matters as he’s shown himself up as totally wrapped up in his beliefs on several previous occasions.

The irony of course is that there’s not a single female writer working for GameFront, so clearly they know full-well from their own experience that a lack of representation for a specific group in any given area is NOT necessarily based on prejudice – unless, of course, all the writers for this site are themselves chauvinists trying to pass the buck.