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Worth the wait? Tropes vs Women in Games, episode 1

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Focusing as it does on older titles I found a sun-faded photo of a young Anita Sarkeesian sitting enraptured in front of a SNES near the end of the video quite a powerful moment. I think the intention was to head off the inevitable "fake gamer" claims at the pass but it demonstrates that many women and girls have grown up consuming media in which people of their gender are almost universally portrayed as weak and powerless, if they exist at all. You have to look at that young girl and wonder what must have been going through her head at the time, then realize that this is still a daily reality not just in video games but across all media. That's why we need this series, and a dozen more like it.

Welcome back, Anita Sarkeesian. It was worth the wait.
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About PenguinFactoryone of us since 3:15 PM on 08.18.2011

Long-time game player, first-time game blogger. I'm a news junkie and quite fond of armchair analysis. Hit me up to sate your craving for uninformed opinions about the Future of The Industry.

I play all games, on any platform that's available, but I'm always looking for games that offer unique experiences. I am one of Those People who payed money for Bus Driver, a game about driving buses. This should tell you everything you need to know about my tastes.

I'm interested in the development of strong narrative in games and seeing them expand their scope and inclusiveness. Expect politically charged opinions. Polemics are a distinct possibility. Take appropriate safety measures