EA, Microsoft, GameStop Earn Perfect Scores from Gay Rights Group

September 15, 2008 -

Game publisher Electronic Arts, Xbox maker Microsoft and leading retailer GameStop are among 259 corporations that have been awarded perfect scores for their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors.

The announcement comes by way of advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and is contained in its 2009 Corporate Equity Index. HRC Foundation President Joe Solmonese commented:

The 2009 Corporate Equality Index shows that corporate America understands that a diverse workforce is critical to remaining successful and competitive. In the absence of a federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, it is up to employers to take the lead and implement policies that ensure all their employees are protected.

Game-related companies which also received perfect scores include retailers Best Buy and Target; PC manufacturers Dell and HP; chip maker Intel; online auction site Ebay; and search companies Google and Yahoo. Also on the list, Apple, increasingly seeming like an up-and-coming game biz player.

GP: We've been beating on EA and Microsoft of late over a couple of (well-deserved) issues, but must give credit where it is due. Well done!


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Re: EA, Microsoft, GameStop Earn Perfect Scores from Gay Rights

Unnatural? And you're telling thousands of people this through a series of excited atoms? Have some perspective, you jerk.

Re: EA, Microsoft, GameStop Earn Perfect Scores from Gay Rights

Perhaps you should look into the studies that show Transgendered people are belived to have the brain chemstry of the oposite gender that they were born as.  Some kind of mix up in the womb coused them to develop the sex organs of one gender and the brain chemstry of the other.  So know what's going on before you speak.

Re: EA, Microsoft, GameStop Earn Perfect Scores from Gay Rights

some people have also said that transgenders before surgery have a body dismorphic disorder.

Re: EA, Microsoft, GameStop Earn Perfect Scores from Gay Rights

Uh... what? If someone comes to realise that who they feel they are in their heart doesn't match what's in their underpants and decides to do something about it, that's "totally wrong"? Get over yourself, seriously.  I have several trans friends, and they are some of the bravest and most honest people I know.  It takes immense courage and integrity to stop living a lie and be true to yourself like that, especially when the world is full of ignorant people like you.

Aren't we at a point now where people can say "I find that lifestyle choice gross/weird/disturbing but I fully support you in leading it"?  Hey, I think blue cheese is disgusting, but I don't judge the people who choose to eat it.

Re: EA, Microsoft, GameStop Earn Perfect Scores from Gay Rights

I don't find blue cheese disgusting, but I do not support people who chose to chop their genitalia off and replace them with blue cheese.

Re: EA, Microsoft, GameStop Earn Perfect Scores from Gay Rights

But I'm guessing you support transsexuals?

Re: EA, Microsoft, GameStop Earn Perfect Scores from Gay Rights

Careful, your inner ignoramus is showing.

Re: EA, Microsoft, GameStop Earn Perfect Scores from Gay Rights

I think the T stands for 'Transexuals'.

Re: EA, Microsoft, GameStop Earn Perfect Scores from Gay Rights

Can't find the word to describe how I feel about this...

Vindicated?

I don't know, maybe I'm immature, but this definitely made me giggle.

EDIT: I mean lol, 'beating on Microsoft'...okay, okay, I'm going...

 
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Andrew EisenAnd unless I completely missed it, there's nothing in there about "how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta look deep for it."11/20/2014 - 5:10pm
Andrew EisenSeriously, you're upset, irked and fearful over an opinion piece that suggests the Pokemon demo would be better with more options and a better-written female character. SERIOUSLY?!11/20/2014 - 5:07pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://gamasutra.com/blogs/PugetAlain/20141118/230420/Nearly_Ripped_off_to_death_by_a_publisher__Get_better_by_yourself_and_wait_for_justice_Maybe.php Topware screws over an indie studio because they can.11/20/2014 - 5:01pm
Andrew EisenAre you SURE you provided the right link?11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99And yeah that sucks, especially when bonuses are tied to it, but that is more a problem with crappy publisher policies and scoring in general than any discussion on what may or may no be sexism in games.11/20/2014 - 4:59pm
prh99But no one is on their legislative high horse or on the litigation war path, for that matter. The biggest effect is that a reviewer might give it a lower score and drag down their meta critic ranking.11/20/2014 - 4:56pm
Wonderkarpyup11/20/2014 - 4:51pm
Andrew EisenOh for crying out loud. Wonderkarp, I apologize for how rude this question is but seriously, did you actually read that article?11/20/2014 - 4:47pm
Wonderkarpits a stigma. people in power hear this crap and start getting on their legislative high horse. but I feel like we've already paid too much attention too a demo.11/20/2014 - 4:46pm
Andrew EisenHarm gaming how?11/20/2014 - 4:35pm
Wonderkarpcause it gets parroted around and is used by people to harm gaming like Jack Thompsons did with Violence. http://www.themarysue.com/pokemon-oras-sexism/ here's the article.11/20/2014 - 4:28pm
Andrew EisenNo idea why such an opinion would upset or irk you so I'd be interested in reading it. Got a link?11/20/2014 - 4:13pm
Wonderkarplook deep for it....reaching much. those kinds of people are what urk me.11/20/2014 - 4:07pm
WonderkarpI got upset the other day when a known feminist blog wrote a large article on how the demo to Pokemon Omega Ruby was Sexist cause you couldnt play as a girl. It was a Demo....who cares? but they went off on how Pokemon in general is sexist but you gotta11/20/2014 - 4:06pm
Andrew EisenHere's the panel that Sarkeesian quote from earlier comes from. Amazing what the proper context does, isn't it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0qxtKz2vZw11/20/2014 - 3:32pm
NeenekoSomething to keep in mind, we tend to look at physics as 'hard', but math and physics are trivial compared to soc/psych (I have worked in both), but FEELS like it should be simplier.11/20/2014 - 3:17pm
NeenekoI think what tends to make discussing sexism in games difficult is scale, the issues tend to be systemic in nature, but bite sized examples are not... and the systemic part ties into a lot of dry academic stuff requiring domain knowledge not everyone has.11/20/2014 - 3:16pm
Wonderkarpand I jumped for joy when the Cogs went multigendered in GOW. but I also like male protagonists like Kratos or Nathan Drake or Link.11/20/2014 - 2:58pm
Wonderkarp..it needs female options. thats why I prefer biowares games. My Shepard was female(Jennifer Hale <3) and my skyrim player was female. I prefer female characters. But I dont think its a sexism issue. More and more females are coming.11/20/2014 - 2:55pm
WonderkarpMonte, I would argue that with Tomb Raiders sales....remember me though....personally I like games with character customization. I was one of those people miffed at ACUnity over no female assassins. if you give us customization, unless its a sports game..11/20/2014 - 2:53pm
 

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