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#1 chrisj1968


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 00:49


E3 audience offended by "rape joke" at Microsoft Xbox One event

Updated at 3:35 p.m. ET to include a second statement from Microsoft.
Microsoft had a splashy showing of next-generation Xbox One hardware and games at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) on Monday that included Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg and ...a rape joke?
During a demonstration of "Killer Instinct" a male producer of the game was matched up against a woman, who appeared to be bad at playing video games.The Atlantic Wire described that the woman is "playing a video game like a girl" -- suggesting that the scenario was set up to perpetuate a stereotype that women are not serious gamers.
"I can't even block correctly, and you're too fast," she says.
"Here we go. Just let it happen. It'll be over soon," he says.
The audience laughs at the remark that many have been interpreted as a rape joke. The banter continues between the two, further adding fuel to the allegations that the joke mimicked a sexual assault scenario.
"You have a fight stick," she says.
"Wow, you like those," he says.
"No, I don't like this," she says.
On Twitter, the audience reacted right away.
"Wow. This is really gross. Male overpowering a female in a game, so of course, rape joke. Good one, Msoft," @Vahn16 tweeted.
"Oh my god. One of the people just made a rape joke onstage and the audience actually liked it. That's sick," @IatosHaunted tweeted.
"Even if it was unintentional, Microsoft should've realized they shouldn't make a rape joke in an environment already toxic with misogyny," @stillgray tweeted.
"Let's bring a woman on stage and joke about how she's bad at games, and say stuff like 'relax, just let it happen, it'll be over soon'??" @Jonathan_Blow tweeted.
"Killer Instinct" is produced by Rare Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios. Some alleged that the demo was scripted, but those claims were shot down by Microsoft.
A spokesperson for the company released this statement to CBSNews.com: "The comments in question during the 'Killer Instinct' demo were not scripted. The demo was meant to include friendly gameplay banter, and there was no ill intent."
Microsoft later apologized for the behavior of its employee and issued this statement from Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer:
"Yesterday, during the Xbox E3 briefing, one of our employees made an off the cuff and inappropriate comment while demoing 'Killer Instinct' with another employee. This comment was offensive and we apologize. At Microsoft, being open and respectful with others is central to our code of conduct and our values. Bullying and harassment of any kind is not condoned and is taken very seriously. We remain committed to make gaming fun for everyone, and in that effort, we must lead by example."
The games industry has grappled with sexism for years, even as the gender gap closes. According to the Entertainment Software Association, about 47 percent of gamers are women.
Watch the "Killer Instinct" demo at E3 below.


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 00:54

I watched the whole interaction as it went down. I even watched the GameTrailers crew talk about it a few hours later. They all agreed it was just awful and perpetuated the stereotype and how they felt really bad for the woman. They even went as far to point out the fact that she actually changed the wording on the teleprompter as to not make herself look even more dumb then she already did. But Rape Joke? What?

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 00:58

100% non-issue. Anyone who was offended by this needs to go see a shrink.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:01

How is that even a reference to rape?

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:03

It was a sad attempt at trash talking. Anything more is just a gross overreaction.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:03

I smell feminazi's looking for rape jokes and femals who apparently can't fend for themselves and "need" their protection.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:07

If there wasn't so much rape talk in video game culture, especially in the fighting scene, I would agree that this would be an over-reaction.

It's quite repulsive how much that word is thrown around with abandon.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:27

i went to the doctor last week, and the nurse took blood, and she said something along those lines, 'just relax, it'll be over soon.'


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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:29

Microsoft can't seem to do anything right any more.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:33

If you just listen to just the audio, it does sound like a "rape joke".

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:37

Dumb, yes. Rape joke, no.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:11

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/edit .. this picture I found happens to have a woman in it but it applies to anyone, regardless of sex.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:22

dont even care

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:29

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 03:04

Maybe those offended by that just should get out and get laid. Not being get laid for long period of time will cause anything appears sexually ...