I find it refreshing and I hope none of these videos come with commentary of the masses.
Leigh Alexander would probably make the case that Bayonetta is doing something different than the depiction of Cortana in Halo 4.
“Interestingly, Entertainment Weekly… But it did take a chance to shit on Chell, and Faith (Mirrors Edge) as characters who are only "incidentally" female. Which.. I don't know, isn't a female protagonist whose femininity is "incidental" and not some major plot point.. isn't that like, the purest form of the sort of equality that people ask for?”
My biggest concern about these videos is also the reason I didn’t back the Kickstarter project to begin with: Sarkeesian’s experience with video games is fairly limited. She ends by saying she was a big Nintendo and Sega fan as a child, but from her heavy use of Nintendo properties it is quite clear she is not as in touch with the industry as a gamer.
RON: "And then what happens is her best friend gets kidnapped, she gets taken prisoner by scavengers on the island. They try to rape her, and-"
KOTAKU: "They try to rape her?"
RON: "She's literally turned into a cornered animal. And that's a huge step in her evolution: she's either forced to fight back or die and that's what we're showing today."
I posted this on my facebook today because hey, International Women's Day. Within minutes I got the "she totally should have used the money to make a good game with a female protagonist" ... a brushoff about the fact that $150k doesn't really get you a game with a lot of reach, with a few exceptions.
It was never there (in the way people imagined); people just assumed the worst, based on early snippets.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that as much as it might be progress to make someone's gender incidental, that also privileges the male gender as the default that women should fit into. The default is not unisex in our culture, especially video games. Video games as an art form have to take into account that women are different, and that this difference should neither be trivializes or paved over
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