Game Front’s Ross Lincoln Talks Politics, Future Of Gaming

Our very own Ross Lincoln was on the web-based talk show, The Point, to talk about sexism and misogyny in the game industry and gaming culture as a whole. Lincoln’s no stranger to heavy topics—he recently wrote about CISPA’s chilling effects.

Often misunderstood by the public—and with good reason—the game industry has come under fire for its acceptance of misogyny and exclusive “boy’s club” mentality. Lead by host John Iadrola, the show attempts to break down sexism in the industry.

They ask: “The gaming demographic is changing to include more women, but does the transition have to be rough? Is it already?”

The show also tackles the issue of messaging in games. Video games have a bad reputation, especially among politicians seeking something to scapegoat for other issues—gun violence, mental health issues, and more—and are often painted as “valueless time wasters.” However, in spite of the messaging, games are regarded by many—gamers themselves, in particular—as a legitimate entertainment medium with deeper messages to offer. The show asks whether gamers pay attention to these messages, and why games are a misunderstood as they are.

Finally, the show goes into some amount of depth about the future of gaming. “How do you see the industry evolving, and who will be the developers of the most important games in the upcoming future? How will the industry evolve?”

Ross Lincoln weighs in on each of these topics with aplomb. Check it out below.

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4 Comments on Game Front’s Ross Lincoln Talks Politics, Future Of Gaming

Lee

On April 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I would make a comment on this but for some reason somebody thought I was acting as though I was a victim of sexism. It was not the point I was trying to make. I will say this and take it as you will. People these days are offended at just about anything little thing these days.

Loveless

On April 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Great video, you should really change the title on this though. The discussion is about much more than sexism. I started the video thinking it was going to be Ross and 3 other people sitting around a table kicking a dead horse till you couldn’t recognize it any more but it was very good and covered a very wide range of topics aside from the ones listed above. Plus, how many times in your life do you get to see people say dildobat in a serious discussion.

@Ross

Great interview/discussion if you are ever on again please post it here I would like to see more.

Robyn

On April 23, 2013 at 7:01 am

Discussing misogyny in video game. Three men, one woman. Hmm….

*Yawn*

On April 24, 2013 at 4:07 am

Still beating that dead horse, I see. Meanwhile, most of us continue to see through it as transparent, meaningless rhetoric from a group of insecure men desperate to show how ‘modern’ they are by representing a completely overblown issue in an imbalanced fashion. Then again, it’s obviously far easier to just shout cliched toss you heard in feminism studies at college than to actually back any of it up with independent research that isn’t highly selective, or to do anything about it yourselves other than hurl names at those who disagree with you in a shameful attempt to silence them.

No female staff at Gamefront. Until that changes, or until you admit that you know full well that a male-dominated staff in any individual outlet is not necessarily the result of sexism – since your refusal to address this simple, undeniable truth about your own make-up implicitly implies that you are in fact sexist yourselves – your words are hypocritical to the point of parody.

Stick to talking about games and drop this ‘progressive’ pandering nonsense. It’s not working.