Mar 11 2013
I’ve written about this elsewhere, but it’s something I wanted to bring to you guys here as well. Anita Sarkeesian has been a controversial figure lately after raising $150K to make a series about “Tropes vs. Woman in Video Games.” She dropped off the map for a while, causing some to thing she scammed everyone, but that isn’t the case. Rather, she had indeed come out with her first video in the series, and it’s a fascinating watch if you ask me.
Her video series will cover many topics, but this first one gets at the root of the first major trope about women in games. They’re damsels in distress. The idea that Miyamoto took an age old idea seen in everything from mythology to King Kong and made it the basis of three of his major titles, Donkey Kong, Mario Bros. and the Legend of Zelda. That’s all fine and good, but with dozens of installments of these games, the female character just keeps getting kidnapped, imprisoned or something similar. What started in those games spread to many others, and so the trope became a firmly entrenched part of gaming.
I know there are some of you who seem to get offended by the word “feminism” (*cough* trashcanman *cough*), but I’m curious to hear what you all think of this video. Trust me, it’s worth the full 20 minutes if you take as nothing else but an interesting history lesson about video games. If you disagree, please state your rebuttal in form of an answer that has nothing to do with Sarkeesian herself, just the ideas she puts forward in the video.
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