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Interactive streamer game ‘Gamer Girl’ sparks backlash on social media

Published: 17/Jul/2020 21:28

by Brent Koepp

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After being revealed on July 16, upcoming FMV title ‘Gamer Girl’ has sparked backlash on social media. Critics claim the interactive release is “dangerous” and making a “game” out of female streamers facing threats and harassment in real life.

On July 16, ‘Gamer Girl’ was announced for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The thriller game aims to simulate the life of a female streamer who is faced with constant harassment from internet trolls.

However, the interactive release was quickly met with backlash, with many disturbed by its subject matter. Responding to the controversy, developer FMV Future claims their project was meant to educate people on the serious issue.

‘Gamer Girl’ sparks backlash

In Gamer Girl, players will take on the role of a moderator for fictional streamer ‘Abicake99’. The interactive game will allow people to make multiple choices, and the story has a multi-branch narrative. A day after it was announced, users took to social media to criticize the release.

Twitter user ‘whatmelodywrote’ explained, “If you support the Gamer Girl game, you are turning a blind eye to actual female streamers experiencing actual harassment from actual people. THIS IS NOT A GAME, THESE ARE OUR LIVES AND REAL EXPERIENCES.”

Twitter: @whatmelodywrote
Twitter users called the game out on social media.

The user also linked to Twitch streamer ‘Sweet Anita’ who revealed that she’s been to the police to report a stalker that is threatening her in July. Other tweets criticized the developer’s alleged lack of diversity on their team, such as ‘Ani-Mia’ who said, “This is their team photo. Now it makes more sense how this messed up game made it into production.”

Twitter: @AniMiaOfficial
Several tweets went viral, criticizing the developers behind Gamer Girl.

Developer FMV Future responded to the backlash, when popular streamer Hannah Rutherford explained why she wouldn’t be playing the game in a tweet on July 16. “Best of luck with it, but as a streamer that was stalked for two years, I won’t be playing. Can’t put myself through that,” she said.

Replying to her tweet, the developer stated, “Sorry to hear that. The reason why we created the game was to raise the issue of the toxic environment which can appear online, and how the support of a moderator can help. It’s real, and it’s still happening every day.”

Twitter user ‘hidanielle’ responded to the team and raised concerns about the player controlling a moderator that saves the streamer. “Creepy obsessive men do not need more reasons and examples of how they can “rescue” women. The mod aspect of the game is one of the most egregious parts,” they said. Former Twitch staff member and streamer ‘ShannonZKiller’ agreed with the tweet.

Twitter: Hannah Rutherford
Developer FMV Future responded to popular streamer Hannah Rutherford.

Twitch’s biggest female streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys also gave her thoughts on Gamer Girl, and took shots at its trailer. “”Gamer Girl” > pretends to play scuffed mario kart for .2 seconds,” she joked.

Twitter: @pokimanelol
Even Pokimane took shots at the upcoming FMV title.

While the game has received intense backlash on social media so far, the producer ‘Wales Interactive’ claimed that Gamer Girl is a “empowering story of a female streamer who, with the help of a moderator friend, battles the trolls.”

The studio also stated that the its story was co-written by actress Alexandra Burton who plays the streamer, and that she “improvised the entire script.” Regardless of how the game will be received in the long run, it’s certainly kicked off a debate about the dangers female streamers face in real life.

Entertainment

Mr Beast struggles through ridiculous 24-hour ice house challenge

Published: 30/Oct/2020 5:33 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 5:47

by Brad Norton

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Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson is no stranger to over the top challenges but his latest video was one of the most difficult he’s ever filmed, as he struggled to endure 24 hours in a house made completely of ice.

While Mr Beast loves to giveaway crazy prizes to competitors, friends, and even just strangers on the street, he also loves a good challenge. From 24 hours in a prison to surviving on a deserted island, the popular YouTuber has done just about everything.

Looking to push the boundaries even further, his latest task was to endure the freezing cold for a full day. It wasn’t just a cold room with the air conditioning cranked, it was an entire house made of ice. Brick by brick the structure fully was completely encased in ice to keep Mr Beast as cold as possible.

Everything from the chairs to the toilet was also frozen solid. Mere hours into the attempt it had quickly become “one of the harder challenges [he’s] ever done.”

Mr Beast Ice house challenge
YouTube: Mr Beast
A few hours into the challenge and Mr Beast had to start getting regular checks to ensure he wasn’t in proper danger.

So what was the motive to remain in the ice house? If Mr Beast survived all 24 hours, his closest friends would have to cover themselves “in syrup and feathers” in public. On the other hand, if he left early, the same punishment would be applied.

After a few hours of pacing back and forth to keep his body active, he bargained for a pair of gloves. A nearby crew member handed them over and agreed to a $10,000 deal to be Mr Beast’s “spy” throughout the challenge.

This was certainly one of the more unique challenges on the channel as the gimmick never let up. Mr Beast was even forced to eat a stack of pancakes with a fork made entirely of ice. At the 12 hour mark, he conceded that “it was brutal.”

“Literally the coldest I’ve ever been in my entire life,” he said after the fact. “I was miserable.” Despite the odds being stacked against him and his friends trying to make the challenge even harder, he pushed through to the very end.

Days after revealing his most expensive video ever, it turns out this rather simple challenge was quite costly as well. 

“This video cost me around $300,000 to make. For the price that it cost me to build an ice house, I could have bought a real house.”