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Watch This Or GTFO

By BloodyFanGirl08-05-2013

So, women in gaming. To say that it's 'a bit of a hot topic at the moment' seems like an understatement not to mention irreverent considering how much vested interest I personally have in the topic. It's been impossible for me to ignore the disproportionately negative response Anita Sarkeesian received regarding her latest video series analysing the women of video games and the tropes surrounding them as well as the depressing #1reasonwhy hash tag on twitter. Whether you're a female gamer or you don't want to get involved and just want to game, this is not a discussion that is simply just going to go away as evidenced by a panel on the subject at this year's GDC.

Now we have a new contribution to the discussion in the form of GTFO: A Film About Women In Gaming. Check out the trailer above and the Kickstarter here. As further testament to the experiences of women in the gaming community, the Kickstarter is almost $10,000 over its original funding goal.

The Kickstarter page elaborates on what the documentary will cover:

"GTFO will cover an array of topics, with trolling being just one of them. The film will also address: the portrayal of women in video games, the history of women in gaming, the experiences of women in the industry itself, the culture of games, the discouragement of young girls from participating, and more."

I'm thrilled that with just over 2 days to go this campaign has already been funded and then some. I can't wait to see what this documentary has to add to the discussion. As always, what do you think? Let us know in the comments.


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But surely reducing a person to 'something to be won' is dehumanisation? Like, text book dehumanisation? And surely the frequency with which it appears in media is worth talking about? Sarkeesian doesn't purely focus on the game industry either, she talks about this particular trope as being common (and long lasting) in literature within the video in question. But yes, she is addressing the wide use of the trope by focussing on games in her video. She's not saying the games industry is awful because they use this trope, the underlining message appears to be that it's disappointing that there is such an over reliance on this particular trope. She even says at the start of the first episode that even when we enjoy media, our enjoyment doesn't excuse problematic elements with in it and they're worth talking about.

As for the wider game industry, yeah, it happens in real life too. Please see the #1reasonwhy and #onereasonwhy hash tags on twitter for evidence of that. The dehumanisation is present in some game titles and it is also present in corners of the industry.

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And the death and rape threats justify her assertion the entire video game industry utilises 'tropes' solely to dehumanise women?

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@MrJenssen: What's wrong with asking for money from like minded, interested individuals? Are you saying that, just because it's Sarkeesian's opinion and she's only one person, it's not as valid as the opinions of a group? Sorry if I misunderstood you.

@Bobfish: And Sarkeesian saying that warranted rape and death threats? People are allowed to disagree but I do not think people are allowed to threaten (whether they mean it seriously or not) the well being of someone purely because they disagree with them. Hence why I said the response was disproportionate.

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Disproportional? She outright stated the sole purpose of the 'damsel in distress' trope is to turn women into an item for the sole purpose of men.

"At its hear the 'damsel' trope is not really about women at all. She simply becomes the central object in a competition between men, at least in its traditional incarnations. I've heard it said, that in the game or patriarchy, women are not the opposing team, they are the ball. So, for example, we can think of the Super Mario franchise as a grand game being played between Mario and Bowser. And Princess Peach's role is essentially that of 'the ball'. The two men are tossing her back and forth over the course of the main series, each trying to keep and take possession of 'the damsel ball'."

Go on. Tell me I took that out of context

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Another one? Let's hope this one is a little more realistic. At least she's interviewed other people, instead of just forming opinions on her own and asking money for that.