This Team Sucks

The Inevitable Failure State of Toxic Masculinity

Nicolas Barrière-Kucharski

Games, being developed primarily in male dominated spaces, need to join the liberation from toxic masculinity. Male developers and players, if not confronted, are defaulted and expected to go along with this “team”. This leads to the expected end goal and failure of toxic masculinity: harm is inflicted. An alternate avenue to more inclusive game spaces is not only allowing traditionally marginalized voices to grow: it also means men must come to understand that the default models of masculinity are inherently unhealthy.