Anita Sarkeesian’s Kickstarter-funded web series, which explores the different tropes and clichés that have plagued female game characters since the days of Jump Man and Pauline, has officially debuted and the first episode is available to watch now.
In the inaugural episode of ‘Tropes vs. Women in Video Games’, Sarkeesian explores the shockingly popular trope of the “damsel in distress.” During the 23-minute episode, she compares the prevalence of the trope to other famous mediums throughout history such as literature, art, and film while also using plenty of video game examples such as Double Dragon, Legend of Zelda, and, of course, Super Mario.
The entire series is set to be twelve episodes long and will examine both the “damsel in distress” trope along with four others. Through her ‘Tropes vs. Women in Video Games’ web series, Sarkeesian offers a critical, yet insightful, viewpoint into the roles of female video game characters and how, hopefully, game developers can work to avoid the sexist trends of the past. Check out the first episode below and be sure to visit Anita’s official website Feminist Frequency to check out her other videos.