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    [News] Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke

    Microsoft in sexism strife again over XBOX rape joke ? The Register


    A Microsoft-hosted demonstration of the XBOX Game “Killer Instinct” at the E3 expo has come in for criticism for including allusions to rape.
    The incident has made it to YouTube and we've embedded it below.If you can't bring yourself to watch, the video shows the on-screen demo of the game and offers audio of the banter between two players, one man and one woman, both Microsoft employees.

    The woman woman is Ashton Williams, aka @AshtonisVULCAN, who describes herself as a “Community Coordinator at XBLA, Microsoft Studios”. The man is Torrin Rettig, a producer at Microsoft Studios.
    At around 2:30 into the video, Rettig's character starts dealing out some punishment to Williams. She complains, but Rettig then says "There you go. Just let it happen and it will be over soon."

    It's just going from bad to worse with Microsoft...


    This is why we can't have nice things. [Or make jokes, in this case... There's always someone who'll take it out of context.]

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    I thought it was a bit of an overreaction as well, personally, but gaming seems to be very sensitive on this topic at the moment after all the #1ReasonWhy discussion. And I have to say, I think I prefer this to the casually sexist environment that allows someone to claim that "sexual harassment is part of a culture, and if you remove that from the fighting game community, it's not the fighting game community" (Is pervasive sexism holding the professional fighting game community back? | Ars Technica_

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    Given the severe mis-use and devaluation of the R word amongst gamers, they are the last crowd that should be complaining. In fact, such culture is why his words have been blown out of proportion.

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