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Men's Rights: the Video Game

It's a woman! Shoot her!
It’s a woman! Shoot her!

So I was watching a little video roundup of some of the worst video games ever the other day and I came across some footage from a justifiably obscure little first-person-shooter called Operation Matriarchy.

The premise of this 2005 PC game, made in Russia, may as well have emerged from the fevered imagination of some Men’s Rights activist. Here’s how the promo blurb at MobyGames explains it, with the especially MRA-ish bits in bold:

In the mid-24th century, a virus of unknown origin wiped through the Velian civilization. It affected only the women, twisting them into brutal killing machines. They modified their bodies, enhancing them with cybernetic and bio-engineered parts. The male population was enslaved, used for genetic experiments and food. The previously democratic society became a matriarchal ant-colony; a hive-mind focused on one thing only – Domination. All-out war erupted between the Velians and their former allies, the Federation of Earth.

But fear not! For a brave Men’s Rights Activist space solider, Senior Sergeant Paul Armstrong of the Federation, stands up against these evil matriarchs and their robot friends when they attack his ship. Also, there are monsters.

So, basically, this game offers dudes an excuse to shoot scantily clad women for hours on end. Granted, some of these women are trying to shoot at the bold defenders of all things male, but others are unarmed, and are shot down long before they get close enough to do any harm, making the game ideal for anyone who fantasizes about shooting down wave after wave of women in fetishy gear.

You can see what I’m talking about in the gameplay video below.

This is all very reminiscent of the fantasies of “restorative, retaliatory” violence that seem to drive so many in the Men’s Rights movement, as I noted in my review of Michael Kimmel’s Angry White Men on the American Prospect.

And some men are very dedicated to these fantasies indeed. One odd little side-note to the history of Operation Matriarchy that seems to underscore that point. You see, the game was so incompetently made that when it first shipped it was basically broken. As Wikipedia explains:

Operation: Matriarchy, was released with what appeared to be damaged music files and incomplete sound files; all of the music files, except for the main menu track, simply play static, while several of the sound files are simply silence.

Also, it was ugly as shit.

But some enterprising fans were evidently so taken by the premise of the game that they decided to step up and fix the game themselves — so they could have the opportunity to, well, shoot down wave after wave of scantily clad women while listening to music at the same time, and without the graphics and the story being quite so completely awful.

Wikipedia again:

A pair of fan made mods that replace these files and made other enhancements to the game were released:

In August 2007, a fan-made music and sound enhancement mod was released, which added a complete in-game music score and enhanced sound effects. In addition, the story was rewritten.

In September 2009, a second fan-made mod appeared. This offered a complete (optional) translation to German and further changes to the sound effects and music. However, the largest changes were to the visuals, with enhanced lighting and improved versions of many textures and bump maps.

I don’t know if the video above is one made using the visually “enhanced” version of the game or not. All of the videos of the game I’ve seen — and there are many, many more on YouTube — look awful to me.

If you want to buy this monstrosity, you can get it on Amazon.

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neuroticbeagle
neuroticbeagle
8 years ago

Alice: I want a bon bon too! Wanna go cry in the streets together until some beta man gives us some?

kittehserf
8 years ago

I looked at that game, but really disliked the woman in it – “crazy ugly old cat lady” caricature, blech. 🙁

neuroticbeagle
neuroticbeagle
8 years ago

true, but when playing you don’t really notice her- too busy with the cats.

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

It’s actually kind of funny to put yourself in the head of someone who’s so scared of women that he thinks we’re going to turn into some sort of blend between Llolth and the Terminator at the first opportunity. How does he get through his day? Does he think that the barista who makes him his morning latte is asking for his name so she can track him down and eat his small intestine later?

kittehserf
8 years ago

That could be a whole new dish: LongMaleChauvinistPig. 😛

neuroticbeagle
neuroticbeagle
8 years ago

@kittehs

Instead of spotted dick, creepy dick?

kittehserf
8 years ago

LOL exactly!

I just tried that Stack the Cats game – you were right, it’s fun, plus having the instruction panel open hides the woman. 🙂

Alice Sanguinaria
8 years ago

neuroticbeagle – Oh yeah, we could totally do that! *prepares sign*

kittehs – Now with barbeandry sauce!

neuroticbeagle
neuroticbeagle
8 years ago

@Alice
*prepares furrinati for extra begging power*

CassandraSays
CassandraSays
8 years ago

I’m just picturing him being all jumpy everywhere he goes, because you never know when that random woman waiting in line at the grocery store might turn into a robo-spider-zombiething and try to kill you.

Alice Sanguinaria
8 years ago

neuroticbeagle – Don’t forget the eye drops!

CassandraSays – HOW DID YOU FIND OUT MY SECRET ID–

*ahem* I mean, oh dear, the image is quite sad and yet funny.

emilygoddess
emilygoddess
8 years ago

@Kittehs, Sushi Cat is actually a really simple game, with adorable animation (I like the way he jiggles when he bounces off something).

jennydevildoll
8 years ago

TBH, at least we could try to give the Russian developer of “Matriarchy” the benefit of the doubt; perhaps he may not have had misogyny in mind

Possibly-I’m skeptical–but I’m still having visions of Putin and Kirill having champion playoffs every weekend after Mass. I mean, it’s not like there were other games over there for them to shoot and kill a bunch of women. Oh wait—
http://news.msn.com/world/russian-video-game-lets-you-kill-pussy-riot

Ugh, I’m gonna check out cat tetris.

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

Oof, glad your surgery went okay, Weeboy! I had those blood bombs too; my surgery-helpers STILL crack jokes about those sometimes.

kittehserf
8 years ago

Okay, I’m hooked on Stack the Cats.

CriticalDragon1177 (@CriticalDragon1)

David Futrelle

The game itself doesn’t look too bad other than the storyline, and the fact that it looks really repetitive.

CriticalDragon1177 (@CriticalDragon1)

vaiyt,

You wrote,
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The idea of making a game where all the mooks are women could be an interesting comment on the current state of videogamedom; but tying the story to a gender war just makes any possible point moot. Wasted potential.

Also, viruses are not fucking magic.
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I agree with you, it is pretty stupid.

Also why would the virus only effect women?

CriticalDragon1177 (@CriticalDragon1)

Jennydevildoll,

You Wrote,
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TBH, at least we could try to give the Russian developer of “Matriarchy” the benefit of the doubt; perhaps he may not have had misogyny in mind

Possibly-I’m skeptical–but I’m still having visions of Putin and Kirill having champion playoffs every weekend after Mass. I mean, it’s not like there were other games over there for them to shoot and kill a bunch of women. Oh wait—
http://news.msn.com/world/russian-video-game-lets-you-kill-pussy-riot

Ugh, I’m gonna check out cat tetris.
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That’s just sick.

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

OMG, emilygoddess, you’ve now gotten one of my system-mates hooked on sushicat. Zie LOVES silly stuff like that.

kittehserf
8 years ago

Beware of Stack the Cats, too, Rogan – it’s addictive.

Hmm, lunchtime …

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

No way. I’m only giving Sneak ONE cutesy cat game at a time.

…and feeding sushicat a ton of sushi is reminding me I need to eat dinner. *sigh* Okay.

kittehserf
8 years ago

::snicker::

this one is between perspectives
this one is between perspectives
8 years ago

This does seem like someone’s regressive gender violence fantasy and not just because of the way the game needs to justify having exclusively female mooks(since all male mooks is normal, all women on the other hand you need to justify). Really it’s the little mind control virus plot that simultaneously removes the women’s agency and responsibility. Keeping with the theme of restorative violence it allows (misogynist) players to act out violence on women behaving in ways they find undesirable while absolving those women of any actual responsibility or agency in their actions.

like “don’t worry brave manly-man the women aren’t actually mad at you for your role in the years of oppression, segregation and violence they have suffered. They don’t really want their autonomy, civil liberties and human rights. It’s just that feminism, I mean alien mind control virus made them do it.”
They couldn’t possibly resent you for the things you’ve done to them….the things you’re doing to them.
And once you’ve beaten them back into the kitchen…i mean freed them from the horrible mind control they will melt back into your arms, like the delicate flowers they always where.

and then the will make you a sandwich (that totally isn’t poisoned)

DefJam
DefJam
8 years ago

Right, because every single other videogame in existence doesn’t have exclusively male footsoldiers to be slaughtered.

Alice Sanguinaria
8 years ago

… no, that’s not the same thing. You’re not killing the footsoldiers because they’re men, you’re killing them because they’re in your fucking way to your goal. By contrast, the women here are being killed BECAUSE they’re women.

I award you 1/10. Try harder.

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