Patrice Désilets, the creator of Assassin’s Creed, revealed his studios new game on Thursday called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.This game is catching some attention because you play as a little bit of a unique character, you play as an ape.
Now, under normal circumstances, a cool concept like that would be the main thing people would be talking about when discussing the announcement, but the developer also had some pretty radical views on hiring practices.
During his live presentation at the Croatian gaming conference, Reboot: Develop, someone asked Désilets how he had tackled the issue of gender inequality in the gaming industry. The video game industry is often (wrongly) criticized for mainly catering to males and their interests, and that not enough female developers are being hired.
Désilets quickly asserted:
“If the candidate has a dick he’s not hired. I’m not telling the story of humankind only with guys. It didn’t happen that way. You need to make babies.”
I don’t get how people can’t understand that prejudice against any group is a bad thing. If there truly is disparity in race, gender, or any other metric, the answer isn’t to discriminate against the other side, it’s to stop discrimination!
And besides, it’s not like he’s even doing what he says he’s doing, just take a look at his team:
I see quite a few “dicks” in your squad, you pandering idiot.
Video game fans have bee voicing their displeasure as well. Username “The Stranger” on vg247 wrote:
“I just tuned in and he’s even mentioning Assassin’s Creed, and how this totally isn’t Assassin’s Creed. The entire speech is about him. He’s all over the place. Half the conference he seems like he’s under a huge cloud of anxiety. It’s very awkward. This guy reeks of insecurity. He’s been trying to sell the exact same idea for a decade now. I’m starting to see why he keeps failing.”
“Choda Boy” sarcastically observed:
“If the candidate has a dick he’s not hired.”
So sexism is legal there?
Shane Firth pointed out:
But that feels like a really shitty attitude to both male and female developers and almost like he’s hiring breeding partners, not game developers.
The responses on Twitter weren’t much kinder, either:
@VG247 Thanks for revealing your viewpoint. I’ll be sure not to buy your game.
— Randy Hamaker (@xXSluggXx) April 20, 2017
Sparks Fly After Assassin’s Creed Creator’s ‘Sexist’ Remark During New Game Announcement https://t.co/DypQrZsgFx
— Doc Holiday (@DocH0lida_y) April 20, 2017
Nice #Transphobia, @VG247.
— minds.com/Redregon (@Redregon) April 20, 2017
(By the way, let me just say that it’s really sad that people in this day and age feel the need to tag something like that as sarcasm, but here we are.)
Hopefully he was either joking or using extreme hyperbole, because not only is what he’s suggesting illegal, but ridiculously hypocritical. You can’t say you’re for equality and then go and having very discriminatory hiring practices.