Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tropes Vs. Women: Damsel In Distress

Tropes vs. Women

Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women for video games has recently been released. I am happy to say that it is a finely made first video. The "controversy" never much interested me. Some dudes felt threatened or something, not my problem. I was however critical about the development of the series. Several months passed and news on the progress of the series became muddy. Kickstarter worries me of people abusing or outright running away with other's money. Obviously the nature of the production changed with such a large influx of money, still I think Anita could have handled the flow of information a little clearer.

Relatively speaking, the best possible outcome most likely happened. Stupid amounts of vitriol have been spewed towards the project and Anita herself. I for one am happy to see Youtube comments disabled on the video and hope they all follow the same step. What is with this uproar about the comments as well? Youtube comment sections are cesspools of anonymous thought. A stream of consciousness to deplorable judgments. I rank the comment section squarely next to Yahoo Answers in my give-a-fuck ranking.

As the Damsel In Distress video is, I can't imagine where the hostility derives from. Very little subjectivity is present and certainly no blood thirsty cry to arms. It simply and objectively lists how prevalent the trope is ingrained in the medium. Stating the premise to be ridiculous shows a gross understanding of the subject matter at hand. With the debut episode released, my spirits are raised for the rest to come.

In my original draft  two paragraphs existed detailing the singling out of Starfox Adventures and Mario 2 in different lights, even though they were both crafted in a similar situation. All of a sudden it dawned on me, it doesn't fucking matter. Both paragraphs were full of nuances and examples to support my opinion, and then I realized how unnecessary and frankly, uninteresting, it turned out to be. Talk about missing the forest for the trees.

I was very pleased to hear the melody of Basil Poledouris's Riddle of Steel/Riders of Doom in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's trailer. Conan the Barbarian really does have one of the best soundtracks of all time, and I'm glad it spread a little further.

When the talk of ports started up, my heart hurt a little seeing no Windows Store listed with other smart phone services. Why must us Windows Phone users be denigrated and marginalized? O the burden...

Here is the link to the "controversial" series. Enjoy!