Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Women As Background Decor - Part 2 Feminist Frequency

The newest Women vs. Tropes is out, and much sooner then I had anticipated.

Unlike the others in the series, this is the first time where I don't have any comments for the piece. It made me uncomfortable and question my gaming choices. I know there is a big to-do with a lot of people not supporting this project because it makes video games look bad. But in order to really appreciate anything, art, music, film, theater, you need to be able to look at it with a critical eye. You can enjoy the medium while still asking questions. That's part of how we grow as a society.

Please watch this episode. It may start your brain into a whole new realm of thinking. This is part 2 of the "Women as Background Decoration." You don't need to watch the first part to understand the points Sarkeesian is trying to bring across. But it doesn't hurt either.

A quick warning. This particular episode does include strong violence and nudity in the games presented. You can skip to about 22 minutes in to get a summary of the message. AKA, this is not work safe.

Aside: Even with the massive flood of internet trolls, I'm glad to see some developers are embracing the Women vs. Tropes series to get people to look at video games from a different view point. Tim Schafer, Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and Psychonauts, is one of many and it sickens me that people would be instantly judgmental towards him reposting a link to this particular video. People...grow up. These type of discussions are GOOD for our community and fandom. It will make our games BETTER. We all want that...right?


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