Just Like Any Other Great Games, Mighty No.9 Faces Its Very First Scandal Ever

"Why do you only use the proper title when delivering BAD news?"

“Why do you only use the proper title when delivering BAD news?”

So the Nerditis’ intern stumbled upon something disturbing regarding the development of Inafune’s next grand masterpiece. Apparently, the forums situated at the official page is going to have an official community manager, and the inhabitants seems to have a strong rejection against the person appointed for the job. One YouTube user named “InternetAristocrat” gave a, well, rather strong, opinionated take on the whole issue:

To sum it up, the list of offenses charged against Dina Abou Karam, the community manager for the official site, pointed out in the video are as follows:

– suggesting that Beck be changed from a boy robot hero into a girl robot hero.

– feminist quips about Sweden’s gender issues.

– not a Megaman player, but then backpedals by saying Megaman X is the best Megaman game she ever played.

– nepotism, because she got her job at the company from a friend.

– designing robots for the game, which worries people because (a) her artwork sucks, and (b) her feminism deal might affect the designs.

– locking her twitter account after so many people posting asking for clarifications.

– re-opening her twitter and then deleting said posts.

Basically, the video paints her as this.

Basically, the video paints her as this.

Now, we here at the Nerditis’ game desk tries very hard not to participate in drama and simply focus on actual news instead. However, if I may be allowed to posit an opinion, the entire Dina Debacle seems to indicate as though whatever Dina says Dina gets, and that doesn’t seem right considering that this is Keiji Inafune’s baby. His words should be final, and regardless of what Dina wants, there’s no way Beck would be turned into “Becky” unless Inafune agrees that that’s happening.

So I guess what I’m saying here is that everybody need to take a step back, take a deep breath, refrain from jumping head first into negativity, and let’s all wait until an official word to resolve this situation actually drops. Oh, and direct your hatred back to Capcom.

Because they clearly deserve it more.

I just KNOW these fuckers are responsible for this SOMEHOW!

I just KNOW these fuckers are responsible for this SOMEHOW!

6 responses to “Just Like Any Other Great Games, Mighty No.9 Faces Its Very First Scandal Ever

  1. People are mainly pissed about the Nepotism, the lying, crappy art, locking her twiter account and deleting posts, and the fact she never played a Megaman Game. Most people do not care that she is a girl or a feminist.

    • I’ll give you the girl part, but there seems to be something about the feminist part. At least, according to that video and several of the forum posts on the official site.

      • I’m going to venture a suggestion as to why people are upset regarding her feminism. I should begin by stating that I’m not really much of a Mega Man fan (I enjoyed the MML series, as goofy as it was, and the first few MMX games, but beyond that I have no special attachment to the series), so Mighty No. 9 only really got a “oh, that’s neat” response from me and not much else. Now, I’ve noticed that there is a tendency among the “social justice warrior” crowd on the Internet, many of whom identify as feminists, to politicize, well, nearly everything. Keep in mind that I’m generalizing here, so obviously this doesn’t apply to everyone involved, but it’s certainly a behavior I’ve noticed. What I mean by “politicizing” is to take something that isn’t generally seen as a political issue, usually due to its innocuous or inconsequential nature, and start drawn-out political debates, arguments, discussions, etc. about it.

        Understandably, this politicization can in essence “ruin” a particular piece of entertainment for someone who wanted to just enjoy it casually and not think too hard while consuming it, because now (if they are someone concerned with being a good person, which I firmly believe most people are) they feel compelled to consider it in a political light they wouldn’t have considered it in beforehand. I think this is what is happening for the Mega Man fans who are angry about this situation–all they wanted from Mighty No. 9 is fan service, which probably includes having the main character be a copycat of Mega Man, and since Mega Man is “male” (or is he? He’s a robot after all) a character that appears male makes a better copycat than one that appears female, although I suppose only in an immediate, visceral sense. And really, I get it–if I were a big Mega Man fan, I wouldn’t really want to feel compelled to think about patriarchy theory and the oppression of women every time I play the game, just because there have only been 2 or 3 female major characters in the entire series. It’s not that I’m opposed to the idea of egalitarianism (far from it) or against having more female video game characters; instead it’s that it would be taking something light-hearted and joyful and turning it into a serious political issue, which is frustrating for anyone who wanted to have simple enjoyment of it. Given that many of these people contributed to the Kickstarter for Mighty No. 9, it’s fair to argue that they PAID for simple enjoyment and fan service, which is probably another reason they’re ticked off about the feminist angle of this. I think that to them, it feels like they’re being preached to–it’s akin to standing up in front of a movie theater and start speaking loudly to people about what is wrong with the movie being played. Nobody cares–they want to watch the movie. They probably would care if it were brought up at an appropriate time, but in that particular instance it proves only to be annoying.

        Now, when you couple that with the fact that this person apparently lied about her being a Mega Man fan, the nepotism involved, and the questionable quality of her artwork, it’s really no wonder that people are upset. While I’m sure some of the reaction has been misogynist (or at least misogynist-sounding, and I do think there’s a difference since people tend to exaggerate when they’re angry), I doubt it’s fair at all to characterize the backlash as being entirely misogynist, either.

        Anyway, that’s my two cents.

  2. Yet, there are hundreds of artists hundreds of times better than her that could’ve taken things to a whole new level. I hate nepotism. It’s like they put a retarded quadriplegic into a hockey game cause he was a coach’s son.

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