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Latest Tropes vs Women in Games is all very reasonable

8:30 AM on 11.19.2013 // Steven Hansen
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Don't fly off the handle all at once now

"Ms. Male" is not a comfortable thing to say. Really, "Ms." isn't, either. I've just always pronounced it closer to "Miss." Stupid prefixes.

Anyway, the newest Tropes vs Women in games -- it's been a while since the last one -- is out. We're finally out of the three part "Damsel in Distress" section and on to a new thing, though a few legacy terms pop up. Mostly, it's about arbitrarily exclusive visual iconography and why it's a bad thing.

More than in past videos, Anita Sarkeesian seems to make a point to emphasize that you can be critical of certain aspects of a game without demonizing the medium. She really seems to be trying to nip any easy, dumb counter arguments in the bud, like at 9:00, where she explains there is nothing inherently wrong with the aforementioned design elements on an individual level. Though I doubt that will cool any hot fingers just itching to yell angrily at her per usual.

To quote myself from last time we posted one of these, "The video makes pretty straight forward and non-controversial claims in its 25 minutes, but I'll leave the seething internet community to nitpick the minute bits that offend it and then extrapolate from there the series' cogency and validity."




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