Game of the Day: Misogyny Island by Samantha Allen, Fred McCoy, and Kat Haché

Today’s game, written by Fred McCoy, Kat Haché, and TBH contributor Samantha Allen, is a satirical reality show (hosted by who else but Daniel Tosh) where you compete with other contestants for the title of Uber Misogynist. It’s hilarious in a sad, recognizable sort of way. Please note there are slurs aplenty, though they are censored.

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15 Responses to Game of the Day: Misogyny Island by Samantha Allen, Fred McCoy, and Kat Haché

  1. Kimiko says:

    Question. Does the Tweeter work too as a way of communicating at you, or can I only send in suggestions through email?

  2. Laurentius says:

    A bit stretched out i’d say. “You are now Kotaku Commenter” got almost the same point across in more fiting manner.

    • I did play “You are now Kotaku Commenter” a few weeks ago, and I looked at it again right before we made Misogyny Island to be sure we were doing something a little different. Emily is differently satirizing the same phenomenon. Our “game” does have some simple scoring going on behind the scenes that’s measuring just how terrible you’re being, so the experience is a tad different.

      Can’t speak for Fred and Kat, but I was mostly envisioning Misogyny Island as a quick tool for people brave enough to participate in heated discussion threads online, something like: “Sounds like somebody needs to take a trip to [URL here].”

      • Alex says:

        I liked that MI gives more examples of the many delightful ways misogyny manifests in geekdom than just blog comments.

      • Laurentius says:

        I speak only for myself so I think I just prefer more clear form of CYANKC. MI despite using reality show as narrative doesn’t have actually any “build up”. It gets its point across right from the start, so 7 or 8 days is a bit of a stretch and for me it’s somewhat loosing it’s satirical edge.

  3. prezzey says:

    Frankly, it felt forced to me, and I agree the additional days didn’t add much. Also, it wasn’t really prevalent that the crowd was thinning out and you were closer and closer to being the ultimate dudebro, it felt to me that it just ended at one point but it could’ve gone on longer, or been shorter.

    Sometimes the supposed “good” answers also seemed a bit parodistic. (For example, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard someone say “equitable” in a real conversation, and I’m a self-identified feminist and hard-core left-winger ;] )

    Also, it reinforced the stereotype that only total jerks play on Xbox Live X[ I’m not sure why that was necessary…? That sort of counteracts the purpose IMO. (If the purpose is to increase diversity in gaming.) I’d totally appreciate having a lifetime XBL subscription, I’m a bit sad it’s only awarded to Über Misogynists ;]

    • So, a few things, because I’ve been gathering various responses to the game over the past few days and I want to contextualize some things, both for you and for others who might return to this page:

      Fred, Kat and I made this in the span of a few hours because we wanted to put it out there in a timely fashion. With Anita Sarkeesian’s video releasing a couple of days earlier, the worst parts of the internet had come out to play and we wanted to satirize them quickly, if a little sloppily. So yes, it certainly could have been done more artfully but we were operating under certain constraints. I’m in the middle of studying for my comps for my doctoral program (and Kat and Fred are super busy, too), so a few hours on a Sunday afternoon is what I could afford to spend on this project. Misogyny Island was fun to make, but it’s not keeping the electricity on.

      As for the language in the “good” answers, I’m afraid to admit that I do use words like “equitable” in real conversations. Beyond that, the textbook-level perfection of the answers is intended to be humorous, not in order to parody the sentiments behind them, but to highlight the unlikeliness that anyone who had been selected to be on this show would be able to produce such a response.

      I can understand that having a more realistic answer would produce a different and perhaps more educational effect. But, basically, Misogyny Island is a joke at the expense of people who make everyone else the butt of their jokes. It’s not really an attempt to change anyone’s mind. We’d love to see someone make a more educational tool, but that’s not what we made. We made a gag to put in comments threads.

      It’s fighting fire with fire, yes, and that comes with certain limits. But our approach does not preclude other kinds of approaches.

      Basically, what I’ve felt the need to clarify in response to criticisms from both sides of the feminist fence is that this is not our definitive statement about the universe. It’s a quickly-executed joke. I’d love to see more ideas about how to respond to the brutality of internet comments threads and forums.

      Thanks for playing the game and taking the time to give feedback. It is what it is, and I’m moving onto some different ideas about how to cope with this terrifying thing we call the Internet. Feel free to share some of your own. I’m not a very happy Internet citizen at the moment.

      • prezzey says:

        the textbook-level perfection of the answers is intended to be humorous, not in order to parody the sentiments behind them, but to highlight the unlikeliness that anyone who had been selected to be on this show would be able to produce such a response.

        Ah OK, that makes sense to me now, it just didn’t really come across while playing. (Of course other people’s mileage may vary, I’m not the most socially clueful of the lot…)

        Just seeing that you’re being harassed for the game X[ That’s awful, I’m sorry my comments came in on top of that X[

        • No, no, no! I was happy to read your feedback! It meant a lot to me that you had taken the time to draft a response. I was just providing some context and I think that, if I did something like this in the future, I would want to try my hand at something more educational and less mocking.

  4. Alex says:

    4chan got ahold of this game and Samantha and her co-authors are getting a lot of bigoted harassment for it. Please show her some support.

    • Doug S. says:

      Ouch. I offer my sympathy.

      (Is there anything 4chan doesn’t hate?)

    • Thanks, Alex. I’m also happy to accept critiques of the game. I’m just trying to clarify that our intent was to quickly create something sarcastic and acerbic. I’d love to see other games or tools with more substance to them that could actually be used to win hearts and minds!

      • Alex says:

        I know; I figured folks here probably didn’t know about the reaction elsewhere and wanted everyone to be aware. :)

  5. Doug S. says:

    I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be playing along with the “be as nasty as you can” premise or not…

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