Now, we all know that despite how the mass media occasionally portrays women, girls have never, ever been nerds. They don’t go to San Diego Comic Con, and they don’t play videogames. Well, Ubisoft has made one of the first videogames targeted to women, based on the popular and very woman-y Grey’s Anatomy TV series, and boy… it’s a good thing women aren’t nerds, because they’d probably be hideously insulted if they were.
First of all, don’t think the above video is supposed to be funny — it’s not a skit, just some folks over at College Humor playing the game. They aren’t important. Instead, pay close attention to the gameplay footage, which breaks down human interaction in to either one of two choices, both of which are hilariously absolute, and many of which include flirting, not flirting or just the level of flirting. The other aspect of “gameplay” involves the world’s shittiest mini-game where the player moves the Wiimote to collect emotion balls so that their character can… have that emotion. Best of all, sometimes the emotion you need to collect is “anger,” because sometimes someone needs a sass-talkin’, girlfriend! Woo!
Jesus. Admittedly, I have a penis (it’s true!) but I’m appalled on behalf of all you ladies. Shit, I have to imagine those Bratz games whoever-the-hell pumps out have more gameplay value and respect for womankind than this travesty. (Via Warming Glow)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.