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Anita Sarkeesian ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in the face of online discrimination in order to produce a series of videos examining the representation of women in video games. Today, the second part of her series appeared online.
This is the second part of Sarkeesian's Damsel in Distress series where she looks at the trope of female characters in video games consistently appearing in the role of the helpless prisoner. Here's part one.
Sarkeesian and her Kickstarter campaign have both been subject to online harassment from a dedicated group of gamers who question Sarkeesian's expertise. Shortly after the video below appeared online, it was wrongly flagged and blocked for containing inappropriate material. This was a product of Sarkeesian's opponents reporting the video to YouTube. The video did not remain blocked for long, however, as Sarkeesian was able to appeal to YouTube's "bogus terms of service violation takedown," Sarkeesian said on Twitter.
You can check out the video below. The video does contain spoilers for a number of video games. You can see the full list of games in the description of the video.
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I don't agree with Anita and I think her methods of analysis and cherry-picking are flawed. Not saying these tropes don't exist or anything, she's just the worst possible person to deliver the message.
After watching the video myself, I find what she says to be a bit unfair. She really just rants on about how its unfair to have a woman as a character that is put through unfortunate events, or having a woman that is in need of rescue. She admits that gamers are generally not sexist monsters that use women, *cough* Duke Nukem *cough*, but she and other feminists dont like damsels in distress. Personally I agree its a bit overused, but if she doesn't like these award winning games with stories that are often times gripping and give you connections with characters that most other medias can't, because of a woman who is being saved by a guy, or a woman who is so miserable that she wants to die rather than suffer, then she needs to get over it. I have yet to see an uprising of japanese that were against CoD: WaW because the antagonist of whom you kill hundereds were japanese, and it sold rather well there.
YES yes it is an overused cliche but this is just shameful. there are many amazing female video game characters and if she actually picked up a controller she might know this. Yes there is a problem with female representation in video games but this isnt how one should go about it.
I created my own response to this on You Tube. I think it is worth a look. http://youtu.be/bmxcMZ6p2zg