In the opening moments of MTV's new short film Love Reset, a young man picks up (quite literally) a prostitute in a video game that looks about fifteen years old. The game, I mean, not the prostitute.
Anyways, he does this with a grin, and the girl sitting next to him gives him a dirty look. Men are pigs, you see, and video games only make this worse. In fact, according to the short film, it makes men treat women like commodities, or video game achievements.
"Love Reset is a short film about media representation and modern romance and a winner of MTV's Look Different Creator Competition," reads the video's description. "It explores what happens to love when others learn to view us, and we learn to see ourselves, through an extremely narrow lens."
Okay then. So what happens next, after the young man plays his terrible, sexist video game? Does he kill some people?
No, don't be silly!
Turns out, he leaves and goes out for a walk.
Along the way he scores points for tagging various things with his phone. It's kind of like Pokémon GO. You go out for a walk but instead of capturing and training adorable little monsters, you score points for snapping shots of hot blonds, or "getting physical" with girls.
You get more points for white people than brown preople in this fictional game. An Asian chick is apparently worth no points at all (illustrating just how savvy the filmmakers were when it comes to gaming culture) while an Indian chick is worth 10.
The hot blond is worth more, but especially since the dude got a "creepshot" of her which is worth 50 points plus a positive message from somebody named Damien who says "Nice pic, bro!" because this is how men are in the real world.
A "bro" is worth 15 points, by the way, which is more than brown-skinned women apparently. But "staring at a dude" subtracts 200.
See, video games make men sexist, racist and homophobic. It's true.
Later on, the guy scores some points for bringing a girl home, but then she gets mad at him for...uh...I guess for kissing her neck while they're in bed together half-naked. She leaves and he gets mad, of course, because he's a man.
But at least he scores points for being aggressive and "acting like a man" in bed. (Seriously, is kissing a girl's neck when you're already in bed together frowned upon now? I can't keep up. Is it "aggressive?")
When the girl goes out in the second half of the video, she's unencumbered by video games. She doesn't walk around scoring points because she's treated like a real human and not a stereotype. It's okay to stereotype the young white male, of course, especially because he was playing video games.
Naturally all the men the female character meets are terrible, too. A date with a bit too much drinking ends in a fight, though we don't know why. Life is pain.
All we need to know is that men are pigs. And video games are one reason why.
Here's the video from MTV. You know, the channel that's popularized music videos of men treating women like sex objects. That bastion of feminism and progress.
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