It’s finally here! Thanks Charles Tan for passing on the link. Anita Sarkeesian ran a Kickstarter last year to fund her web series Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games, and now Episode 1 has been released.
This one, Damsel in Distress Part 1, looks at classic platformer and console games, and the use of female characters as the object to be rescued. It’s a great piece which why the vid is the perfect medium for this kind of critical work – the excerpts from the games serve to illustrate the points that Anita is making very effectively.
I especially enjoy the way that ‘damsel’ evolves as a term in the video, to the point of being a verb. A character does not become a damsel, she is ‘damselled’ (or maybe damsel’d?) by the games themselves.
Looking forward to more of these with great enthusiasm – my gaming experience is pretty patchy and I’m enjoying the history of gaming that I’m gleaning from this, along with the feminist analysis and media critique.