#61) grandfather of first person shooters, started the trend of multiplayer arena shooters, extremely important person in video game history, a programming genius.
#40) tumblr-tier third wave feminist, scam artist, liar, lazy, makes up information, doesn’t actually like video games, talks about women in video games with absolutely no nuance or interesting commentary.
and people say gaming journalism is a joke
Okay, so I do not do this often, however I have to respectfully disagree with your second statement concerning Anita Sarkeesian.
I’ve seen her videos and her TED talks - the argument she presents about the representation of women in video games and how certain tropes may further perpetrate certain negative perceptions of the role of women is actually rather interesting.
While I am biased, I recommend checking out her videos to gain an idea of what arguments she presents. You’ll find that she is an avid video game player and, at least for me, her commentary is both interesting and informative.
This is the first part of the exploration of the Damsel in Distress Trope: http://www.feministfrequency.com/2013/03/damsel-in-distress-part-1/
Here she provides what she will be discussing. You’ll find that she will be very specific on what she intends to analyze:
"Welcome to our multi-part video series exploring the roles and representations of women in video games. This project will examine the tropes, plot devices and patterns most commonly associated with women in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective."
So far there are four videos (four parts): Part One establishes the history of the trope, Two explores the variations of the damsel in distress trope as the video game industry progress, Part Three analyzes the ‘role reversal’. Part Four she moves onto the next trope: the Ms. Male.
Again, I highly recommend checking out her videos. I feel that wonder-meathead really, not only underestimates, but does no justice in providing an accurate portrayal of the severity of her work. Despite the thousands of death threats, she continues to pursue this investigation and exploration of this social representation in an ever growing popular platform. I wish I could better articulate the incredible work she has done so far.
Instead, I will provide links that you can check out to learn more about who she is and what the Feminist Frequency is about.
This is a link of her interview with IGN: http://www.feministfrequency.com/2013/06/full-ign-interview-with-anita-sarkeesian/
And the general homepage link of the site: http://www.feministfrequency.com
Here is also a link to one of her TED Talks: http://www.feministfrequency.com/2012/12/tedxwomen-talk-on-sexist-harassment-cyber-mobs/
Finally, third wave feminism is in no way an insult. Feminism alone is simply extending the equality of opportunity to both sexes. Is it demanding the dismantlement of the patriarchy? Yes. Is it demanding the installment of a matriarchy? No. It’s just a movement towards general equality.
Third wave feminism is a social movement that focuses on the interpretation of gender and sexuality in society and through media. It’s challenging previous definitions of femininity and female identity limited to a specific demographic.
However, you can read more about the third wave of feminism and it’s contrast to the previous two in this academic article: http://www.pacificu.edu/magazine_archives/2008/fall/echoes/feminism.cfm
If you also wish to better understand with a real life example of a Third Wave Organization, I recommend checking out this one: http://www.thirdwavefoundation.org/about-us/history/
Sorry to my followers for the long post, but I felt that needed to be said.
I hope you have a wonderful week and I really do recommend checking out her videos, they are informative and entertaining! :)
let me give you a run down of why you shouldn’t listen to this woman.
and it doesn’t have to do with the facts that she’s lied, stolen money, stolen art, stolen videos, is lazy, and plays a professional victim; endlessly whining on twitter about how terrible men are.
First off, if you actually knew anything about video games or the characters she talks about you would be immediately able to call out her complete and total nonsense.
One need only take a cursery glance at her first damsel in distress video to see that her drivel is nothing more than an opinion piece about how “damsels are nothing more than things to reinforce the heroes power”
her entire thesis is flawed since she breaks down characters into simple stereotypes rather than fully looking at what makes them who they are, and why they face the challenges that come their way, and what impact they have on the game’s narrative.
that’s the worst thing about her is she criminally under-employs the scientific method which if you were a person with a sense of critical thought, you would trash her arguments immediately.
as for you, your entire post reads like a cover letter someone would hand out to multiple people so they don’t ask questions, complete with links that don’t mean anything and just serve to make her look better. Yeah, she has opened up room for discussion of all these subjects but she’s radically underqualified to expand upon any of them because her whole addendum is about proving herself right and everybody else wrong.
kind of the mark of another one of these third wave feminists who are only interested in furthering their own agenda, and lining their pockets, rather then rallying or working for real change.
so in short, you, my friend, look like a fucking idiot for supporting someone who isn’t as great as you think she is, and is only being packaged and sold to promote an agenda that nobody except other people with similar agendas are supporting.