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This is the third installment in our three part mini-series exploring the Damsel in Distress trope in video games. In this episode we examine the rare Dude in Distress role reversal and then take a look at the use of “ironic sexism” in retro inspired indie and mobile games. We conclude with an investigation of some titles that attempt to subvert or deconstruct the traditional damsel narrative.
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Great, another must-see for the responsible gamer!Source: femfreq
This is a screenshot of the iOS “Action Games” featured on Apple’s App Store. Notice anything about the gender of the heroes in these games? That’s right, there are zero female protagonists in the leading role. There exists a popular perception that mobile and indie games offer at least the possibility of a wider diversity in characters but unfortunately that is just wishful thinking. The reality is that the majority of the mobile developers are just trying to copy, clone or mimic what is already popular in the AAA market. Even titles like Mass Effect and Batman: Arkham City which do at least offer playable female options on consoles only have male protagonists in the mobile versions.
In the video game WATCH_DOGS, the city of Chicago is run by a Central Operating System (CTOS). This system use data to manage the entire city and to solve complex problems. Traffic jams, war against crime, power management…
This is not fiction anymore. Smart cities are real, it’s happening now. A huge amount of data is collected and managed every day in our modern cities, and those data are available for everybody.
Watch_Dogs WeareData is the first website to gather publicly available data about Paris, London and Berlin, in one location. Each of the three towns is recreated on a 3D map, allowing the user to discover the data that organizes and runs modern cities today, in real time. It also displays information about the inhabitants of these cities, via their social media activity.
Creepy as hellSource: futurastic
Giant Pixel is a gaming startup with an attitude. Recently, the San Francisco based startup has turned an old printing press into a renewed working environment filled with fun for its small staff and daily visitors.
This is the second in a series of three videos exploring the Damsel in Distress trope in video games. In this installment we look at the “dark and edgy” side of the trope in more modern games and how the plot device is often used in conjunction with graphic depictions of violence against women. Over the past decade we’ve seen developers try to spice up the old Damsel in Distress cliche by combining it with other tropes involving victimized women including the disposable woman, the mercy killing and the woman in the refrigerator.
Due to the nature of the topic, this video comes with a trigger warning for violence against women.
For more information and a full transcript visit: http://www.feministfrequency.com/2013/05/damsel-in-distress-part-2-tropes-vs-women/
The Damsel in Distress: As a trope the damsel in distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own and must then be rescued by a male character, usually providing an incentive or motivation for the protagonist’s quest. This is most often accomplished via kidnapping but it can also take the form of petrification, a curse or demon possession. Traditionally the woman in distress is a love interest or family member of the hero; princesses, wives, girlfriends and sisters are all commonly used to fill the role.
Damsel in the Refrigerator: A combination of the Women in Refrigerators trope and the Damsel in Distress trope. Typically this happens when a female character is killed near the beginning of a story but her soul is then stolen or trapped and must be rescued or freed by the male hero. Occasionally time travel or some other form of resurrection may be involved in the quest to bring the women in question back from the dead.
Disposable Damsel: A variant of the Damsel in Distress trope in which the hero fails to save the woman in peril either because he arrives too late or because (surprise twist!) it turns out she has been dead the whole time.
Euthanized Damsel: A combination of the Damsel in Distress trope and the Mercy Killing trope. This usually happens when the player character must murder the woman in peril “for her own good”. Typically the damsel has been mutilated or deformed in some way by the villain and the “only option left” to the hero is to put her “out of her misery” himself. Occasionally the damsel’ed character will be written so as beg the player to kill her.
Second part is OUT! :D YAY! This one is really interesting, covering a lot of modern titles such (the one I really hated: The darkness I-II T_T what a pain).
If you are a REAL gamer, it’s a must-see. Anita, once again, you did it!Source: femfreq