Friday, March 22, 2013

First Episode of Tropes vs Women in Video Games Released

After being called a scam artist, whore, and having a video game made where you can beat the shit out of her (the game has since been taken off of Newgrounds), Anita Sarkeesian recently released the first installment of her "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" series. The video is not at all offensive and it seems that the only problem a lot of people online have with Sarkeesian is that she is a female. It is refreshing to see critical analysis performed on a medium where less than a decade ago, people would argue over whether or not videogames constituted as an art form or meaningful means of communication at all.

Meanwhile, in an actual scam, a reactionary group formed a "Men vs Tropes" Kickstarter and have run away with the money. Sarkeesian was being accused of pulling a similar swindle, as she had received over 160 thousand dollars and took a little under a year to release the first video. Criticism has flocked to her in every imaginable online form. Once again, one has to wonder why it is important to point out that she is a female at all? If you disagree with what someone is saying, there are better ways to go about it than calling them a cunt. It makes me think that if you get death threats on the Internet for something other than hate speech, you're probably doing something right.