I will not touch upon her feminism. I will not touch upon her beliefs. To each his or her own. I do not agree with her beliefs, (In fact. Third wave feminism, is quite offensive towards men in general. I am a rapist for looking at a naked picture? Becouse she did not give me personal, expressed permission to do so? Ya, rape culture is bogus. Never mind the fact both men and women are raped, it is a womens problem, and all men are rapists.) But, and please put that random blurb of disagreement aside. I will respect her beliefs. Here in this post, I bring to light the key issue, with her. Besides for the obvious red flag, of disabling the comment section of her videos. (There by silencing those with differing opinion.)
She doesn't play the games she critiques, as well, she uses controlled methods to bring to light non existent issues. Putting things out of context, or even down right twisting scenes to fit her agenda, and her core audiences expectations. As an example, when she talks about Hitman Absolution. She spins it as though, the player is supposed to kill strippers (In the only strip club scene, in the entire game.) Saying we are supposed to find a perverse pleasure from desecrating them, by pulling their corpses around. When the game down right penalizes you for killing inocents/targets that ARE NOT YOUR MARK. Dismissing the key goal, avoid detection, and kill the boss in the other room. Or, look at her views of Fallout New Vegases, Guermerta casino. She said it advocates female slavery, and tells the players women are objects to be bought or sold. Dismissing the fact that every quest there in the casino, is primarily meant for the player to have the option to free the girls. The casinos ethics is displayed as vile, and evil. (As it should be.) The developers down right informing the player. "Hey look, you can be a dick. But these dicks, need to go. So this time, don't be so much a dick."
How about Watchdogs? She said the game developers, are advocating the sex trade. But in this one point in the game, the players are saving these girls from it. (She could have went into a Damsel in distress rant, but instead chose to twist the game so it is not noble. But vile.)
Look at her comments on beyonetta! A sexually open, and expressive women. Whom is strong, and a mother no less. (Anita Logic:Actual character development? Ya, lets keep that out. And slut shame her. *Goes on Twitter.* Remember not to slut shame this Halloween! Dress however you want!) Anita paints her as a symbol created by men for men, in order to sexually oppress women, to continue the patriarichal plan to have men view women as objects. When in reality, Beyonettas creator is a women!
Then Anita is Saying that, Beyonettas character gets nude with this special move, and this is WRONG! (Dismissing the key factor: That as a witch, her powers were mirrored behind actual folk lore. Her power coming from her hair. Nor does anita understand, that in canon her clothes is part of her hair, and that she is nude because her hair is making a "Fuck You!" Dragon.... :( I want a fuck you dragon.)
These tropes vs women things? They are bogus for one main reason. All her twists, and ignorance towards gaming aside. (And she calls her self a "Pop culture critic." Ha.) The underline problem is, that the tropes are not bad. To view them as bad is jaded, and inherently bad. Is it wrong to save a women you love? Does it really undermine women to have your art (Yes, games are art.) Say "If you love some one, save her!" Does it undermine a women to be weak? Does it to do so when she is sexualy open, and expressive? (Like beyonetta.) No, it is not. Men can be weak, women strong, women weak, and men strong. Same principle with any other trait. Art expresses a wide arrangement of characters. Much like men and women in the real world are varied, so should the characters in our art. Art mirrors art, wich is why the tropes are in games (Taking from movies. Which took from plays. Which took from books. Which took from greek mythos, and other such legends. As well as folklore.... Come on. Imitation is the ultimate form of flattery! Also... The easiest..) But art also mirrors reality. Because a story being relatable, is key to arts success, and no matter how ungrounded in reality the story or art is, it should still feel real. Art, should mirror reality. So Pumpkin, when you say.
Instead the writers are cheaply writing a character that their male dominated audience will relate to and then find stimulating to look upon.
It actually... Undermines a lot of the progress our art has made in character development. I know you do not intend this, and by no means do I mean to undermine you. In fact, I believe your sincere in saying you do not think such characters damage women. But it is an incorrect statement, im sorry... It just is. To say characters like ripley, should not be heralded as progressive examples of women in the genre. Is wrong, I gurantee you a women like Ripley exists. And not even that, characters like riply could very well be looked up to. And rightly so, characters in art often inspire. As well, this is a statement that undermines the directors craft. And... To undermine the directors craft as something made to please the masses, demeans his art. (Trust me, directors take their craft seriously. They may consider what you like, but in general a self respecting director of any kind makes what they want first and for most. And keep what you want, in mind, but ultimately make it to describe something they wish to show you. It is in the end For the art, they consider art. Be they game directors, play directors, or movie directors.)
Though you may be right on par with the companies in charge. The actual creative minds involved, I gurantee did not think like this. The thing is. There are strong women out there. Female marines, and female astronuats. Female miners, female mechanics, and female everything. I know you already know this. I just reiterate this knowledge, to remind you that a strong female character. Is just that. And not a man, with boobs.
As I said, there are strong characters, and weak ones. Both men and women. This is accurate, not sexist. And I think on that, we can whole heartedly agree. So, please don't feel I was bashing you pumpkin, I was merely making an opinion on the comment.
I will end this off with this. To all nay sayers, whom think games oppress women. Whom think gaming culture, is a boys club. (In spite of the 48 percent women, to 52 percent male ratio.) And to all those, whom actually say there is not enough, proper female characters. Pick up a controller, and have fun. Don't take my word for it, take this guys as he breaks into song and dance. ^_^
Women in gaming song, debunking a myth:
EDIT: By the way Sabby. That was an interesting view point on mobas. I don't particularly follow Tottal Biscuit, due part to me leaning more towards Angry Joes style of review. But, I do like him, he is quit the intellectual when he wants to be. (Angry joe has his moments.
But none like the Cynical Brit.)