A bunch of misogynistic cockwombles have been posting negative reviews for Total War: Rome II on Steam as the game has had more female generals patched in. The patch, which launched in March this year, only recently gained attention when someone posted a screenshot which showed a game where – oh no, run for the hills – every general was female.
A female community manager for the game named Ella posted a response, “Total War games are historically authentic, not historically accurate – if having female units upsets you that much you can either mod them out or just not play.”
This was then picked up by Gamergate friendly blogs, YouTubers and even a neo-nazi website in America. Since then Steam has been bombarded with negative reviews, many of which include personal attacks aimed at Ella and calls for her to be fired.
This echoes am earlier incident where Guild Wars 2 writer Jessica Price responded to comments online and was hit with a barrage of abuse along with calls to ArenaNet for her to be sacked, which she was, without warning or consultation. This lead the cockwombles to rejoice, thinking they had the power to get female employees sacked as and when they wanted, and this seems to be another attempt to instigate a dismissal.
However, it turns out Creative Assembly have a little more backbone that ArenaNet and have posted the following to Twitter which suggest the screenshot that started the incident was either faked or incredibly rare.
Response to the Tweet has been positive with players asking for Ella to be given a raise and inserted in to the game as a General. However, a video game company really should not have to justify putting female characters in their games.
BTW to to person who is about to write a comment along the lines of “You shouldn’t call them cockwombles its very unprofessional,” – get in the sea.