Gay Gamer Turns Down EA

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Gay Gamer Turns Down EA

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A gay gamer who submitted a photo of himself with a "booth dude" to EA's "Sin to Win" contest at Comic-Con got a bit of a surprise when he was selected as a runner-up winner.

The "Sin to Win" contest in support of Dante's Inferno did not go over well. While intended to be tongue-in-cheek, the idea that EA was urging Comic-Con attendees to commit "acts of lust" with every booth babe at the show struck many people as stupid, offensive or, most commonly, both. Among them was PixelPoet of GayGamer, who thought the contest was not only sexist and misogynist but was also yet another example of the industry overlooking the LGBT demographic. So he decided to take action.

"I sent in my photo of me with a burly man that I took at PAX last year as a humorous portrayal of how [the] contest is not only misogynistic and demeaning to the women that attended the conventions, but also to anyone that doesn't follow the hetero-normative ideal," he wrote. "I know booth babes (and guys) get paid to man those booths and deal with gawkers, but there are also PR, production, and development people at those booths caught in the crossfire of dealing with people trying to do 'acts of lust' with them to win your contest."

But his fun, light-hearted approach took a turn for the interesting when he was "randomly" drawn as a runner-up, which earned him a free t-shirt and $240 EA Store gift card. Staying true to his principles, he sent a polite email to EA declining the prize and requesting they put the money toward other, more worthy causes. He also expressed hope that his selection wasn't entirely random at all and that EA is actually trying to appeal to a broader audience.

I wouldn't be terribly shocked if that's the case and even if not, the fact that EA didn't reject the entry outright casts the company in a positive light. The contest itself most certainly didn't, but this can at least be seen as a little bit of good coming out of a really bad idea.

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So EA's contest is so popular that they had to select pictures from PAX 2008 as runner ups?

wow, this would be a literal take on "sin-to-win". sad to hear that he turned it down, even if he wasn't gay you know this would be a good picture.

That's actually really really funny. I wonder if it was a matter of EA subverting his protest, or if they genuinely found it funny and original enough to place him as runner-up.

Asehujiko:
So EA's contest is so popular that they had to select pictures from PAX 2008 as runner ups?

Completely at random, yes.

I feel bad for EA; can't catch a break lately. A lot of people hate on them for whoring out the same franchises, but they're a few years behind the times when you look at how many new IPs EA has launched in the last few years as well as having completely re-imagined Burnout and making huge inroads on the Wii and advancements in Madden and some other sports games.

Hah, talk about a slap in the face to EA. I bet they weren't too happy about that.

For some reason I can tell that EA aren't gonna use that declined money for something 'worthy'
They're probably gonna use it on a new sports game

2nd place is not that bad

It isn't declined money... its a gift token worth precisely zero dollars to EA... just means they arent giving away 240 dollars of free shit.

lawl that other dude sure does look enthusiastic to be in that picture...

Progress is progress, I suppose, though I suspect that EA did it to make a statement.

Kalezian:
wow, this would be a literal take on "sin-to-win". sad to hear that he turned it down, even if he wasn't gay you know this would be a good picture.

That's what I would've done, send EA a home mad porno.

Bless EA. They really have been catching it quite bad recently, despite being one of the best developers recently.

I'm glad this story came out because it helps make up for the sin to win controversy. Kind of.

Indeed:
Lol gay gamer.

Very substantial contribution.

I guess this is sort of a good thing. At first I thought it was just gonna be a story about how EA rejected a gay guy's entry.

I thought the brass knuckles thing a while back was cool. It just sucked that they didnt know all the intricacies of the law for that one. This contest could have just used better wording or even better! They could have just opened it up to any of the deadly sins. That would have led to some really funny situations at Comic Con.

Still, if there weren't enough pictures from Comic-Con to give prizes to and they had to pick ones from last year's PAX I'd still say that they screwed up with the contest in general.

"...the hetero-normative ideal," he wrote.

AKA one is either gay, or a 1984 citizen who worships the Thought Police. Don't these people read what they write?

Say what you will about EA, Pax, or whatever, but I think you're all missing the point...

This guy was trying to prove that EA's contest was sexist and promoted the degradation of women....and his 'gay' pic won! So whether EA feels slighted that he turned the money, the fact is this dude's "plan" to shame EA totally backfired.

He can't complain that EA is a homophobic company when he won unexpectedly. That totally threw his hypothesis out the window and I say he got 'pwnd' in his own way.

HA HA HA

That story is quite amusing, if a little pretentious with the whole "EA doesn't like gay people" idea the guy seemed to have.

"I sent in my photo of me with a burly man that I took at PAX last year as a humorous portrayal of how [the] contest is not only misogynistic and demeaning to the women that attended the conventions, but also to anyone that doesn't follow the hetero-normative ideal," he wrote. "I know booth babes (and guys) get paid to man those booths and deal with gawkers, but there are also PR, production, and development people at those booths caught in the crossfire of dealing with people trying to do 'acts of lust' with them to win your contest."

Wait, isn't he discriminating against lesbians? Awesome.

I totally agree with Alone on this. I think a lot of people are missing the point that this guy was totally caught out by EA selecting him as a runner up.
Most are just reading 'EA' in the title and then skipping to the whine.

Alone Disciple:
Say what you will about EA, Pax, or whatever, but I think you're all missing the point...

This guy was trying to prove that EA's contest was sexist and promoted the degradation of women....and his 'gay' pic won! So whether EA feels slighted that he turned the money, the fact is this dude's "plan" to shame EA totally backfired.

He can't complain that EA is a homophobic company when he won unexpectedly. That totally threw his hypothesis out the window and I say he got 'pwnd' in his own way.

HA HA HA

yeah i was thinking the same thing, he wanted to fly this big huge flag on how EA had discriminated against him and so forth and it ended up backfiring and he came in second so now he has to eat a whole pile of crow

the funnier part is getting your picture with a guy is considered a big sin according to Dante's Inferno, since i do believe the Sodomites had their own level of hell

so his clever plan backfired for him and now his foot is placed firmly in his mouth and it becomes a very funny story

Stooo:
I totally agree with Alone on this. I think a lot of people are missing the point that this guy was totally caught out by EA selecting him as a runner up.
Most are just reading 'EA' in the title and then skipping to the whine.

Really, who? Read the posts and say who is whining.

He hopes it wasn't random? Does he really?

What a terrible person.

This makes me smile, either way EA gets some good publicity here and the gay community gets something to chew on. Win-win for everyone!

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Just out of curiosity, would this "Sin to Win" debacle be viewed as any less misogynistic (as everyone apparently seems to be required by law to say to even bring said contest up) if a fellow woman decided to, for whatever reason, participate with one of the "booth babes" in double-shaming their gender?

Jarrid:
Just out of curiosity, would this "Sin to Win" debacle be viewed as any less misogynistic (as everyone apparently seems to be required by law to say to even bring said contest up) if a fellow woman decided to, for whatever reason, participate with one of the "booth babes" in double-shaming their gender?

yea, they volunteer to do this job. Its like the people who bitch about Walmart all the time. If they were being so disrespected they wouldn't work there. If the girls didn't want to be dressed in mini skirts and knee high boots with v neck shirts they wouldn't be there. What about the Maserati(or any for that matter) girls at the Detroit auto show? Same thing, different product. Now sense Detroit is run by the most P.C people in government I wonder if that will change.

It does seem like it was less "random" and more "EA not wanting to be seen as homophobic and evil", though the guy who sent in the picture did seem like he was doing it just so he could jump out and write a controversial article about how EA did not accept his entry out of thousands and so must therefore hate all gay/black/disabled ect people and are a scourge on the planet.

Malygris:
Gay Gamer Turns Down EA
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I do believe that shirt is a good bit too short on him. But I know if I express my views the mods will jump on me.

However I do believe that going with what EA named the contest this dude wins over anything. I'd want to see what was first place because it must've really been horrible.

I SO called this :)

What a waste of time for both him and EA. Did he do that purely to be able to give them a slap in the face if he won?

Boycott would have been more logical.

Personally, I would have entered the contest, then made my "Wild night out with two booth babes" a leisurely coffee at a cafe followed by the museum and a ballet. Something intelligent.

HobbesMkii:
That's actually really really funny. I wonder if it was a matter of EA subverting his protest, or if they genuinely found it funny and original enough to place him as runner-up.

You know, I can see them doing either, frankly. Amusing still ;)

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