Not to dig up an old topic, but seeing as I just came across this I kind of wanted to put forth my two cents. After reading through the article - I ended up searching up on what I missed - this being the Miranda Pakozdi, Anita Sarkeesian and a a few others. Needless to say it took awhile, but I was blown away by all the community had to offer. As of late I felt like the trash-talking has died down since and I'm not sure if its because these days people are starting to put it public and posting gamertags of the offenders or what. (Like you can find videos on YouTube and now it seems socially less acceptable).
The gaming community itself still needs to grow up, but I'm a little surprised with how Mark handled the follow up of the picture. I don't know what that anon meant by "taking precautions" because someone in that position made such an open and closed comment when there's obviously an issue about it to begin with. I get that the girl is pretty and they often use them to sell or catch the sight of many, I see them in pictures with selling cars, etc.. I think I just don't like his approach when obviously he's in a such a public place. That just makes it seem like that's how MadCatz approach is over the issue with women, "You either like it or you don't and we can't be like you. End of story."
@deluxeminty It's more of a "If you like it great, if you don't I am sorry this wasn't targeted at you, nor meant to offend you." I just find it funny how feminists will complain about the oversexualization of females in advertising, but when someone says 'hey we aren't trying to offend anyone here but if you don't like it sorry' they get on them for being 'my way or the highway' mind you this occurs all the time in the real world. See B-boys in the street breakdancing and you don't like what you see, what do you do? You go away, you don't call them out on it make a huge ruckus and then complain that they shouldn't be telling you to leave if you don't like what you see.
@deluxeminty There's a right way to go about a sensitive issue and there's a tactless way (albeit it might not be quote "wrong" but its certainly tactless.) I don't really understand why you brought feminist into this when I never really made it clear here that I was or wasn't and the article didn't state that either. I also don't want to really address your gross over generalization of sexism to B-boys as that's getting away from the discussion.
I'm pretty sure that I'm allowed to have an opposing viewpoint without it automatically being presumed that "that's just how feminist are." The fighting community already suffered a blow from Capcom's poor handle on the whole issue in itself. Seriously, no one person stepped in. You'd think with that in mind MadCatz might be a bit more sensitive rather than having such a open and closed comment concerning the females in the fighting community.
As for the whole "You should go away," well technically, we really don't have too. It's called having an opinion and the whole 'if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all' is long passed grade school. People - gamers, etc, are all entitled to an opinion and statement.
Naturally you might not have taken offense or even really cared for that matter, but if the females want to make a "huge ruckus" as you call it then they are allowed to. I don't really see what the problem was as this article wasn't condemning Mark in the least - they gave a nod to the fact that he engages the community. It's just the overall message that was a little poor. As a Community and Sponsorship Manager, shouldn’t Mark be trying to put out the message of a more accepting community?Considering Mark is in a position where a lot of members see what he has to say - it'd have been decent of him to at least word things differently and with a bit more tact. That's all this article was really about.