Stop Pimp: The Backhanding
Frequently Asked Questions
So, the general response I keep seeing is: If you don’t like it, vote with your dollars. That’s all I’m proposing – that people opposed to this game tell White Wolf how they feel. If I wanted to censor or ban the game, I would be contacting levels of government about the game, and asking them to stop it at the border – something that isn’t too difficult to do in Canada. I don’t agree with state censorship or asking a government to ban objectionable material. White Wolf has every right to publish P:tB – I have every right to ask them not to, and to explain that there will be economic consequences for their actions. If you agree with the decision to publish it – damn, man – tell them as much. In a consumerist society and liberal democracy, that’s what we do – we state our opinions.
Why do you care whether people play it or not?
I believe strongly in the power of representation to change people’s attitudes towards specific problems in society. I truly believe that, by making such a serious problem a game, it can change attitudes towards women, prostitution and violence generally. Yes, it is an overt example and it is less insidious than other forms of sexism in gaming – but if we sit back and don’t say anything about the overt forms of sexism, racism, classism in our hobby, how are the insidious forms supposed to get any better?
Lunch Money doesn’t involve any gender. Lunch Money doesn’t involve an unequal fight. It’s kids in a playground. Yes, it’s violent, but it’s not violence that has to do with sex, race or gender. I’m actually doing a lot of thinking about how I feel about this game. For those who want to make this a personal thing, I don’t own a copy.
Isn’t this game just like Bell-Bottomed Badasses on the Mean Streets of Funk?
Y’know, I thought that it would be! But it’s totally not, as Bell-Bottomed Badasses has fun with the stereotypes of blaxplotation flicks, and a woman is as likely to off someone as a man or Skippy the Wonder Dog is.
Don’t you have a sense of humour?
Yeah, I do. But this isn’t funny.
Isn’t it just satire?
"Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover
everybody's face but their own"- Jonathan Swift
Yeah, it might have been if there was more to it than slappin’ and stealin’ hoes. If there’s much more than that and fucking up other pimps, it doesn’t seem to be in the rules so far.
Why is this any different than X game where you do Y?
There is a difference because the entire system isn’t based on owning and subjugating a person. There are aspects like prostitution, violence, sex and slavery in many, many games. However, it’s not the whole of the game. It’s pretty much the whole of the game here.
But there’s (apparently) a female pimp and a male ho!
Yeah, and the cover art for Houses of the Bull God doesn’t make up for the cover art Savant and Sorcerer. Equality is not achieved through some sort of ‘equal’ exploitation.
How can you criticize it when you haven’t seen the game yet?
I’ve seen enough – and I’ll be happy to expand my criticisms on release.