“Tropes vs Women in Video Games” – My Analysis (Part Two)

“Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” is a video webseries hosted by Anita Sarkeesian which is featured on her website Feminist Frequency. The series was funded via a Kickstarter and aims to “explore five common and recurring stereotypes of female characters in video games.” Due to the success of the Kickstarter program there are to be 12 trope-exploring videos including Women as Reward, The Sexy Sidekick, Mrs. Male Character, and more.

“The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective. This series will include critical analysis of many beloved games and characters, but remember that it is both possible (and even necessary) to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of it’s more problematic or pernicious aspects.”

The first trope discussed by Sarkeesian in video form is the Damsel in Distress trope, which she has split into a three-part video set. In a similar series of three posts I plan on analyzing each video through brief descriptions of what is discussed as well as insight into my personal thoughts on each video.

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In this post I will analyse the second video in the Damsel in Distress set. This video focuses on the more “dark and edgy” side of this specific trope in modern gaming. It also takes a look at how this trope is “often used in conjunction with graphic depictions of violence against women”. Developers have tried to spice the Damsel in Distress trope up by combining it with other tropes which will all be noted and detailed. As with the last post about the first video in the series, I have posted the video itself below as well as a summary of what is discussed including quotes and topics brought to light. Beyond that you will find my person take on the video including my general opinion, what I liked and disliked, and if I find this impactful (or not) – moving forward into plans for my “Part Three” post.

[SPOILER WARNING! In the video below as well as in my play-by-play of the video, spoilers for specific games are revealed. Sarkeesian has listed the games in which major plot points or endings are spoiler in her video description on her website. Read/watch at your own risk beyond this point]

The video begins with a quick recap of what was analysed in the past video as well as a general preface to the series. Sarkeesian clarifies that while the last video focused on this specific trope’s prevalence in the early days of gaming, this video with explore the more modern side of the Damsel in Distress trope. At this point she has added a montage of about 18 clips from 18 separate games that feature a more modern version of the Damsel in Distress trope at its core. It’s made obvious that the trope is still being used in the recent years of game development.

“…since the majority of these titles focus of delivering crude, unsophisticated male power fantasies, developers are largely unwilling to give up the Damsel in Distress model as an easy default motivation for their brooding male heroes or anti-heroes.”

Sarkeesian reminds the viewer that the as a trope the Damsel in Distress is used as a plot device and doesn’t necessarily confine the character to victimhood indefinitely. She says “Now and then Damsel’d characters may be well written, funny, dynamic or likeable” which implies that not all damsels are poorly developed or generally unlikable characters on a general basis.

The fact that they are likable can make the trope all the more deceiving since well-developed characters who are disempoered by the trope are overlooked as being damsels and seen as regular characters. Sometimes the woman will struggle r fight back, occasionally delivering the final blow to their captors but it’s either to no avail or done after the danger has passed. Sarkeesian views this as a way for the developers to excuse the fact that they used the trope and ignore the fact that they rely so heavily on the Damsel in Distress for the plot of the game. Periodically developers use well liked damsels as a way to make to the player have some compassion for the character and possibly force an emotional response out of the player, which inevitably makes them look past the damaging trope at hand.

“In the most decidedly patronizing examples depictions of female vulnerability are used for an easy way for writers to trigger an emotional reaction in male players.”

This becomes a problem as the female becomes victimized or is damseled in some way while the male gains power, leading the player to become emotional in response to the main character’s goal of saving the girl instead of the damsel herself. This played up emotional, intimate, romantic, or loving relationship with the female character which turns into motivation for the male protagonist reinforces the stereotype that women in vulnerable positions are somehow more desirable due to this vulnerability.  Sarkeesian goes on to say that the bigger problem involved with this state of mind is the reinforcement of the “paternalistic belief that power imbalances within romantic relationships are appealing, expected, or normal.”

The damsel being alive and well in gaming today is not the big picture but rather one side to a larger problem. Here we take a look at what Sarkeesian dubs the “more insidious side [of] the story”. Sarkeesian delves into the ways in which developers add other ways of victimizing women into their games along with the Damsel in Distress trope, a way in which they “spice it up” to make the game more dark and edgy. Sarkeesian calls these mixtures of tropes “trope cocktails” and identifies some key examples of ‘The Disposable Woman’, ‘The Mercy Killing’, and ‘The Woman in the Refrigerator’.

The ‘Women in Refrigerator’ trope has been discussed by Sarkeesian before as part of her “Tropes vs. Women” video series (the one that is not specifically about video games). The phrase was dubbed by Gail Simone in reference to the trend of women being brutalized or killed-off in comic books as a way to move the male character’s story arc forward. It is not only a phenomena witnessed in comic books, it is used in all other forms of media for the same reason and mostly in the same ways.

“This trading of female characters lives for something meant to resemble male character development is of course part of a long media tradition, but the gruesome death of women for shock value is especially prevalent in modern gaming.”

Max Payne and God of War are both series’ in which this trope is used and both games are referred to as primary examples. In each series the main character’s wife and daughter are brutally murdered, “their deaths are then used by the developers as a pretext for their inevitable bloody revenge quest.” Sarkeesian notes that the gender role reversal of this specific trope (ie a woman seeking revenge for her murdered boyfriend/husband) “are practically nonexistent”. Here she points out Disney’s “Wreck It Ralph” and its comical use of the gender reversal of this trope, showing a scene in which a female character’s husband is killed causing her to seek revenge (a small clip of the incident is featured in the video).

Here we look at how the “Woman in the Refrigerator” and “Damsel in Distress” tropes are connected and often used in conjunction by developers in video games. She highlights a handful of clips from games that feature both tropes and briefly describes the game’s plots. One example used is Asura’s Wrath in which the main characters wife if killed and he must then save his daughter, the wife being the “Woman in the Refrigerator” and the daughter being the “Damsel in Distress”. Various other games are pointed to here, proving that this specific trope cocktail is used somewhat frequently.

“It’s no coincidence that the fridged plot device and the damsel plot device work in much the same way, both involve female characters who have been reduced to states of complete powerlessness by the narrative. One via kidnapping and the other via murder”

Sarkeesian brings another form of these two tropes working in conjunction called “The Damsel in the Refrigerator”. Since being the refrigerator implies being dead and the dead cannot be damseled, she clarifies how this trope actually works: “The Damsel in the Refrigerator occurs when the hero’s sweetheart is brutally murdered and her soul is then trapped or abducted by the villain.” This allows for the revenge motivation and the damsel motivation to be used at the same time with the same woman.

She showcases some examples of these tropes working together. One of these examples is that of Dante’s Inferno in which the main character’s murdered wife’s soul is trapped in hell and he must fight to free her. Sarkeesian feels that this is a way in which developers try to explore mature themes while still using a spiced up version of the Damsel in Distress trope.

“The Damsel in the Refrigerator is part of larger trend of throwing women under the bus in increasingly gruesome ways in an apparent attempt to interject what I’ll loosely refer to as “mature themes”.”

Sarkeesian brings the topic of violence against women back to light at this point, showing how that is what this trope is all about in essence. She says, “When I say Violence Against Women I’m primarily referring to images of women being victimized or when violence is specifically linked to a character’s gender or sexuality” as a way to clarify what she means when she brings up this issue.

She points out that damsels are not always rescued through male heroism. A few clips are shown from games in which the main character who has been trying to save the girl the whole time finds out he is too late or that she has been dead all along. One example used here is Dead Space in which Isaac Clarke is trying to find his girlfriend throughout the game only to learn at the end that she has been dead the entire time.

“Or in the case of the 2009 version of Bionic Commando, not only has your wife been dead the whole time but, turns out she’s also part of your bionic arm. Yes you heard that correctly, his wife IS his arm.”

The next topic is that of the mercy killing, defined by the male character finding the damsel and having to kill her himself “for her own good”. Sarkeesian calls this trope combination the “Euthanized Damsel”. A classic example if this trope comes from the Gears of War series, specifically Gears of War 2, when Dom struggles to find his wife and when he does he shoots her in the head to put her out of her misery.

Video games take different approaches to come to the same conclusion, while some feature the mercy killing via a cutscene others make characters become directly involved by “pulling the trigger” themselves. These situations can either be defined in realistic ways or in humorous ways in which the woman “becomes the punch line to a cheap, misogynist joke.”

“These damsel’ed women are written so as to subordinate themselves to men. They submissively accept their grisly fate and will often beg the player to perform violence on them – giving men direct and total control over whether they live or die.”

Sarkeesian states that the “Euthanized Damsel” is the darkest and edgiest of the trope cocktails. Male characters being forced to kill their female loved ones is the extension of a larger pattern of gaming narratives. A handful of examples are used here including Shadows of the Damned, a game in which the priority is to save the girlfriend of the main character but the last boss turns out to be her – you then must kill her.

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Narratives in these games may differ in relation to each specific game or storyline, but the core is the same, “in each case violence is used to bring these women “back to their senses” for which they typically thank you with their dying breath.” She restated a point she made in the first video: Games do not exist in a vacuum and “therefore can’t be divorced from the larger cultural context of the real world.”

“Every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States and on average more than three women are murdered by their boyfriends husbands, or ex-partners every single day.”

These depictions of violence against women perpetrated by men in order to “bring them to their senses” appear to be justified or altruistic in the game itself. Sarkeesian states that these real world issues are painfully prevalent in real life and therefore should not be excused in games and used as some kind of “joke” or simple storyline for a video game. The fact that the Euthanized Damsel typically asks for violence to be brought on to her reinforces the widely accepted belief that women “are asking for it” or “deserve” the violence brought upon them.

Sarkeesian says that given the larger social context it is “dangerously irresponsible” to create a game in which players are encouraged or even forced to act out violence against women “for their own good” or in order to “save them.” She doesn’t think that developers are consciously trying to make their players act out violence against women in their games purposefully, and probably don’t even think about it in that sense when making the game. She states that most developers seem to “back themselves into a corner” by their own game mechanics.

“The player is then forced to use violence to deal with almost all situations because it’s the only meaningful mechanic available — even if that means beating up or killing the women they are meant to love or care about.”

The defense of not paying attention to the subtext of their own game is not excusable, though. One of the biggest issues with sexism is that it is stereotyped and reinforced due to its “unintentional” nature. She clarifies that it’s obvious that playing and interacting with these games will not make a person become a misogynist or turn the into “raging sexists” since we typically do not impersonate the behavior we witness in the media. Cultural attitudes and opinions are reinforced through our media though, and these subtle ways of implementing sexism does affect stereotypes and general ideals.

She states that these games reinforce the “dominate gender paradigm” which “casts men as aggressive and commanding and frames women as subordinate and dependent.” A major problem stems from the fact that these stories are not about the women and their struggle, they don’t try to make the woman’s plight very serious at all and they don’t seem to bring any light to what she is going through since the focus is on the male character and his plight.

“…these are strictly male-centered stories in which, more often than not, the tragic damsels are just empty shells, whose deaths are depicted as far more meaningful than their lives.”

These games tend to frame the woman as a possession that was taken away from the man, as if she were his property and he must get her back or exact revenge over the loss of her. Sarkeesian states that if we were to dig a little deeper into the subtext of these situations, the story is really about the male’s loss of perceived masculinity due to the failed “protector” role placed upon him. His quest is then to earn his masculinity back through acting out copious amounts of violence on his enemies.

Sarkeesian mentions that these violent revenge based narratives also hurts the male image by making it seem like the only response they can have to pain, loss, death, and sadness is to be aggressive and violent. She says that this is unfortunate because “interactive media has the potential to be a brilliant medium for people of all genders to explore difficult or painful subjects.”

It is clarified that the problem is not simply that the female character dies or suffers since death is a fact of life which affects everyone. The point is that there are better ways to depict it that don’t involve brutalizing female characters. She brings up Dear Esther and other indie games that explore death in an authentic or realistic way rather than through excessive amounts of violence. Violence against women and death are issues that should be addressed with more respect and subtlety, “women shouldn’t be mere disposable objects or symbolic pawns in stories about men and their own struggles with patriarchal expectations and inadequacies.”

In conclusion Sarkeesian states that the “dark and edgy” trope cocktails are not isolated incidents or “obscure anomalies”. They represent an ongoing and recurring pattern in-game storylines.

“In most cases the damseled characters have simply gone from being helpless, to being dead. Which is obviously not a huge improvement from her perspective.”

While this episode of the series was a bit grim, the next episode (the third and final episode) will be about trying to “flip the script” on the damsel and explore the “Dude in Distress” role reversal.

And now, my thoughts…

NOOOOO!!! I have to kill so many people now!

NOOOOO!!! I have to kill so many people in order to gain revenge now!

I found this episode in the Damsel in Distress subseries to be particularly enlightening. If nothing else is to be taken away from the video it’s interesting to see so many games share the same basic premise as far as core story goes. I was shocked by how many of these games used this same trope over and over again in ways I previously overlooked. Maybe it’s time people started thinking of other ways to tell a story?

I feel the need to restate that while I don’t agree with every single point that Anita Sarkeesian makes, I do understand almost everything she is saying and can relate with it in some way. Violence against women is a huge deal in reality that is constantly overlooked by misogynistic males (and females) and showcasing it in a game just to make a simple story and fast money is wrong and honestly insensitive. There’s nothing wrong with exploring serious topics in the media and in gaming, but the way it’s most often done is not the right way to go about it in my opinion. I think that Sarkeesian may be looking into it a little too much but at the same time, it’s a valid point to make considering how crime specifically acted out on women is handled in the justice system and in people’s minds in society.

I found it particularly cool that she mentioned how this trope affects men as well. It’s obviously not in the same way or with the same depth that it affects women (especially in the male-dominated gaming world), but it’s good to see both sides in order to understand how demeaning this trope really is to everyone. Showcasing males as violent and aggressive while making women completely submissive hurts both genders and perpetuates some terrible stereotypes.

I also liked that she mentioned that the damseled characters aren’t always annoying or poorly written. I got a few comments on my previous article about how people felt it was unfair for Sarkeesian to imply that women who are damseled aren’t important in their own way. It was very cool to see her express that the fact that they are well written makes this trope all the more hard to take.

I found this video to be a little more relatable and interesting than the first video, mainly due to the fact that it focused on modern gaming as well as more than just one iteration of the trope. As I said before, I don’t agree with every point made in this video or any of Sarkeesian’s videos. I think it would be shortsighted to believe in everything anyone says without a little questioning or disagreement just because they have similar views or your respect. I love her videos because she brings these serious issues to light in an intelligent way. Sure she can go a little “overboard” or be a little too nit-picky but I’d rather her do that than approach it with misguided notions and fake facts.

I think it’s very important that she discusses these issues and brings them to the surface after being buried for so long. I have watched most of her videos on YouTube and agreed with the core points she made. One of my favorite videos is “The Straw Feminist” and I suggest you all watch it. It’s about 10 minutes long and discusses the trope that she describes as a “deliberately created, exaggerated caricature of a feminist that is used to undermine and ridicule feminist movements.”

As a feminist, I can safely say that this video highlights most of the reasons why I have personal met with so much aggression for wanting equal rights for the sexes. The media skews the feminist movement and makes us seem like a bunch of “crazy” females who hate men, which isn’t true in every case. The “Tropes Vs. Women” and “Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games” video series’ are great examples of what the media is doing to put women down and undermine feminist movements. It’s definitely something to think about, if nothing else. Next time I will be going over the third and final video in the “Damsel in Distress” set. Below is a link to my previous article on episode one. See you next time!

13 thoughts on ““Tropes vs Women in Video Games” – My Analysis (Part Two)

  1. Depending on how it’s done I personally don’t have a problem with games like that. I thought Dante’s Inferno was a good game, and I honestly think this lady is taking it way too seriously. Max Payne lost his wife and kid to violence, yes, but you can’t expect every woman in a video game to know how to fight, and defend herself. Same thing with the men, Max Payne’s wife wasn’t a fighter by any means, neither was his kid. That being said I love the way you write, I just don’t agree with everything I saw in the video,

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    • The point is not whether or not the game is good or if you like it, the point is that it’s lazy (in my opinion) and offense to the female gender. I don’t think she is “taking it too seriously” since it’s a serious issue, though like I said I think she looks into a little too deeply.

      It’s also not about every woman being able to fight, it’s about their lack of ability to do anything to help themselves and that men are never in the situation. You have to look at it from both side, sure every woman in the world cannot fight another people with skill but the same can be said for me so why are men never in this situation in games?

      I don’t agree with everything in the video either, but I think it’s an important issue that needs to be looked into a little further and most people out there just push it aside like it doesn’t matter.

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      • I’m speaking as a guy i’m looking at it as a gamer. If I like a game that has women being captured or victimized then that’s fine in my book as long as it’s done right. Games are a form of entertainment and this lady is putting way too much thought into it. Not every game does it so I honestly don’t see the problem.

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      • Well she never says that all games do this, and did you ever stop to think about what offends other people? I mean just because you think it’s ok doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt others and it’s a bit insensitive to act like it’s a stupid subject that doesn’t matter.

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      • I never said it was stupid subject, and no it doesn’t bother me what other people think on the subject. The world is full of opinions and I can’t afford to be bothered by all of them. If I offended you I apologize but I gave my honest opinion on the subject. I don’t think it’s dumb at all, I just don’t consider it an issue.

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  2. I think it’s sad how this happens to males as well. Like, I’m bi, so I guess yeah. But I hate stereotypes of men being mindless idiots (which is true for everyone mostly) is sad. Also, life. If you notice that throughout history it has been about males impressing females. Oh, and as the stereotype of mindless idiots exists in males, I’ve also seen a version of Damsel in Distress in females. It’s surreal. D:

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  3. “I also liked that she mentioned that the damseled characters aren’t always annoying or poorly written. I got a few comments on my previous article about how people felt it was unfair for Sarkeesian to imply that women who are damseled aren’t important in their own way.”

    You’ve misinterpreted what I meant a bit. My comment was in regards to Peach being objectified, like Sarkeesian said in the first video, to the equivalence of a basketball. This is true in the core series. While she was a damsel to some extent in the RPGs, she was also well characterized. I believe her agency and characterization are contradictory to claims of objectification. Those games I referred to were more of a save the world plot than a save the girl one. Her character has been deepened, just not within the scope of one game.

    The video does a good job of pointing out that the trope has become a bit of a cliché. However, I’d like her to go deeper into it’s implications of the trope as a whole to society. I don’t believe assembling and further categorizing a list of video games that use the trope strengthens her message that these tropes influence sexism. It’s been established that it can be lazy depending on how heavily it’s relied on. But how does it influence our behavior?

    Yes there is violence against women in video games and there is violence against women in real life. But how do they correlate? For years video games have been blamed for violence in real life without substantial evidence. Is this not the case when a woman is involved? Does a man violate a woman because it’s allowed in a video game, or is it because he’s in a position of power or anonymity (along with being a coward)?

    Furthermore, how do we get away from the trope if it is deemed sexist regardless of context? The hero needs a motivation. In video games it almost always boils down to saving the world, saving your country, saving yourself, saving loved ones, or in a rarer case saving your stockpile of bananas. More involved narratives uses a mixture of them.

    Sarkeesian believes we need more female protagonists and I wholeheartedly agree. However that will likely balance and not eliminate the trope (which I’m fine with). For instance, the newest Tomb Raider relied heavily on the trope. Sam served as a vehicle to establish Lara’s character and motivation leaving little for herself. Sam, for aforementioned intents and purposes, was damseled along with the rest of the cast. Can we ignore their relationship (context) and claim that Sam was Lara’s possession? Is it okay to employ a sexist trope if you simultaneously cater to a power fantasy?

    If the market allows for more female leads I guarantee we’ll see more dudes in distress(again not opposed). Her videos have enlightened me to the trope’s prevalence, but she’s yet to convince me of it’s damage to our moral fabric. She’s still got a few episodes to go in the series. I’m trying to be objective in the matter and I would like to see evidence before I accept her conclusions.

    If nothing else, her videos have allowed me to look at stories and characters in a new light. I see now how offensive a game like GTAV can be. Every female in the game has served to either titillate or annoy the male lead. To say they’re one dimensional is to put it lightly. I’m not done with the game yet, but it’s not looking good as far as female portrayals go.

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    • I actually wasn’t referring to your comment at all, I apologize if it seemed that way. I was referring to some outside comments I received that went on this point (actually, I think one comment on the blog post brought this up as well). I totally understood your previous point, though 🙂

      I agree that maybe these videos should delve deeper into the human behavior side, but I just don’t think that is her expertise or something she has a ton of knowledge about (maybe she does though, I’m just speculating). I’d like to see someone else possibly go into further implications of sexism in games from a psychological standpoint as well. The problem though is that they more we get into that, the more people will become offended. We have already seen reactions to this video that are totally insulting to females (especially Sarkeesian) and blown out of proportion. I could be wrong, I am no professional, but I feel this is a sort of defensive wall people put up in order to tell themselves that they are doing nothing wrong. I feel like most people who look like misogynistic pigs aren’t actually that way, since I doubt they would say “I hope you get raped to death for having this opinion” to their mother or sister or girlfriend – thought I’m sure a handful actually would say that. I feel like people just don’t like to admit they are wrong, and when these people see gaming as a male dominated society (which is incorrect, statistically) they lash out with anger instead of remorse for their previous line of thought or unconscious support of sexism. Back to the point, I’d love more details on the human behavior side of this, but I think the backlash might discount any facts as a group of people would not even read or watch the data and instantly hate it.

      I also agree about the trope making sense under certain circumstances, and that on occasion it seems right or acceptable. I don’t really think we can do away with the trope completely, but maybe make more of it. Instead of the typical Peach syndrome, maybe make it more involved and believable as opposed to a cheap motivation tactic. Like you said, the new Tomb Raider used the trope but it wasn’t done in a sexist way (in my opinion, and not just because the hero is a female) and actually made complete sense, as far as video games go. It’s a fine line though, while the trope at it’s core is sexist I think that it can be done in ways that aren’t so blatantly offensive. Where is that line though? That is the hard part for me. Being a female I can tell what offends me on a gender level, but it isn’t the same for everyone. I had previously tweeted about my dislike of the sexism in Metro: Last Light, but saw that other females weren’t bothered by it at all. That’s where the line is and since it differs for everyone I think it’s hard to find it – metaphorically.

      I totally get where you stand with the videos, and I can agree to an extent. I just think that it is so important to at least dig her toes in the sand of the subject, even if she doesn’t get too technical with it. Though at some point, someone needs to in order to continue the cause. It’s a must. You brought up GTAV and I’m glad you can now see this stuff due to the videos. I know a lot of people don’t see it simply because they haven’t thought about it and some because they don’t want to see it, but it’s definitely there. My biggest problem is that they make a joke out of it, like it’s funny or entertaining to demean women. It might be different if at least one woman was not worthless or annoying, but from what I have seen that isn’t the case.

      I want to thank you though, I love your input on these videos and your comments always make me think of the subject on a more in-depth level. I find your compassion about the subject enlightening, even if you don’t agree with something you have a good reason not to and you don’t disagree in a disrespectful way. I may not be the best reply-er (I get lost in my own thoughts on occasion, as I’m sure you know) so I hope I did a decent job of discussing this and whatnot. Thank you, hope to hear more from you in the future!

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      • I understand it’s a difficult subject to broach given the volatile nature of the internet. The mere mention that GTAV had misogynistic aspects incited a hate campaign on that reviewer from Gamespot. Her criticisms were 100% valid, but it didn’t matter. Those who couldn’t think rationally took it as a personal attack on their ethics or maybe they really are misogynists. It’s going to take a lot of brave critics like her (and yourself) to get the problems solved.

        It’s because I respect you that I wrote my comment the way I did. Normally I like to keep my responses concise and to the point, but I didn’t want it to be misconstrued as a knee-jerk emotional response. I didn’t want you to think I had not given it a decent amount of thought or that I was insincere. Thanks for providing an avenue for discussion on this topic and thanks for listening. You’re awesome 🙂

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      • I just recently read an article about that reviewer from GameSpot, it’s ridiculous that she got that much hate for pointing out the misogyny yet still giving the game a 9/10. People on the internet have become a plague, and people joke about it or say “well that’s the internet for you” but it really makes it hard to have any opinion other than what the vast majority of anonymous people’s opinion without getting yourself berated. I also read an article about how some research websites are disabling comments since the volatile nature of comments these days makes it hard to educate others on a taboo issue or questionable issue (such as abortion or stem cell research). I know people got angry that Sarkeesian disabled comments and said that she just doesn’t want to hear other opinions, but the truth is that she did it to get away from the harassment. For every legitimate comment there were 50 hateful/death-threat-type comments. It’s hard to teach anyone about a subject when the comments are full of garbage like that.

        I hope that more people take a note from people like Sarkeesian though, I know I did and while sometimes it’s been really difficult dealing with disrespect and insults but in the long run I know it will pay off. One thing that really helps is people like you and others who take a critical thinking/intelligent approach to the issues at hand. I had a friend of mine tell me that it’s because of me that he sees how ridiculously blatant sexism is in a lot of games and media in general. That kind of stuff really assures me that there is hope and that I’m not just being ignored by everyone.

        I appreciate that! I have had too many “friends” treat me like garbage for posting these articles or saying anything from a feminist standpoint in general. It’s nice to know that real friends like you are out there and can provide an intelligent conversation that isn’t a “I’m right, you’re stupid” type of thing. You’re very welcome, I hope to hear more from you on my future articles about these videos! You are awesome as well! 😀

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  4. It’s GTA V, of course fanboys are going to get mad at someone giving it anything less then a perfect 10! I honestly don’t like the game that much because it’s really offensive. It has torture, it objectifies women, and just for the record I can’t play a game that has women portrayed as sex objects, or mindless idiots, it’s offensive to me and i’m a guy so i can only imagine how you would feel about it. Things are changing, slowly, but as long as games like GTA keep coming out then unfortunately you’re going to see some really disgusting people. I’m not saying GTA is a bad game but isn’t for everyone. It’s not my kind of game and that’s why I gave it a 6. Keep voicing your opinion and doing what you do.

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