No one complains when Shakespeare makes an all male cast to tell a story about brotherhood amongst men but Square Enix does the same thing and they’re sexist? Go play Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and Lightning Returns if you need a game about an empowering woman.
Y’all are dumb and need to read some Shakespeare.
This, thank you.
1) Shakespeare penned his plays late 16th-early 17th century, Square Enix produces their games in the late 20th-early 21st centuries. Generally it’s common sense to not go “someone in a less socially evolved era did this, why can’t our videogames/movies/books today!?” Like. Pretty sure all of tumblr exists to explain to all of us why that is not the smartest of thinking.
2) Every preceding FF game has always been (relatively) good about cast diversity, it’s not unreasonable nor is it unprecedented to expect it out of FF15. Call me crazy but suddenly creating an all-dude cast after years and history of not having all-dude games kind of is a step backward.
3) FF13 is the first game after six FF games to feature a female protagonist. “This game has your female hero character, go play THAT” kind of treats that game trilogy as a consolation prize. And this is without delving into how the sequel games were progressively made with male-gaze fanservice in mind.
4) I mean yeah, go read Shakespeare, that’s always good way to spend one’s time. Not going to argue that one.
Also see hundreds of examples of criticism where people describe in great detail how Shakespeare was sexist. And antisemitic. And transphobic. And racist.
It’s not like people are blaming Shakespeare for living in a time of less social and psychological awareness than we have now, but just because something has historical basis for sexism, or antisemitism or what have you, doesn’t mean it is completely impervious to any criticism whatsoever. And, y’know, it really does make the need for such criticism all the more necessary when in the 21st century we are still acting like sexism is something to be expected from creators. By saying that Shakespeare is the great standard to which you hold all media, and using that as a prime example of why…..sexism doesn’t exist?….you are basically saying that as a society we cannot progress any further towards equality, that we can’t even put ONE female character in a video game because we don’t see it as important or interesting enough…and that is just a little fucked up.