A great International Women’s Day & Month gift
Yesterday, just in time for the International Women’s Day (March is actually International Women’s Month), she released the first episode of her series. The video is entitled Damsel in Distress: Part 1 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games.
While very basic, the video provided a rather interesting introduction to female video game characters whose roles had been diminished to damsels in distress over the decades. My gaming geek friends — many of whom are males — have discussed this and we do agree that the industry is still rather new and we’re stuck in the same clichés that older industries (like film) have also found themselves struggling with when they were starting out.
Anyway, here’s the first installment of the series:
Personally, I don’t think it’s just the representation of women that’s problematic. Even men complain about the stereotypes that they’re stuck with. I’m more concerned about the decline of innovation in video game content. The tropes she presented are actually just a few of the things that indicate that we’re stuck with rehashed themes and we definitely need new content.
But anyway, since it’s International Women’s Month, I’d like to give this to all of you strong, beautiful women out there. You are unique individuals that can never be encased by tropes.
Happy International Women’s Month!! =)