Andrew Eisen Video: 'My Favorite Thing About Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs Women Videos'

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Andrew Eisen has launched a new video this morning extolling the virtues of Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women in Games video series. Personally, I think the best thing Andrew says in the video (to paraphrase) is that Sarkeesian's video series demonstrates that video games have finally arrived as an artform worthy of mainstream, real-world criticism. That's a fact all of us should accept and embrace.

You can check out the video to your left or on YouTube.

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Anita Sarkeesian's first video in new series highlights 'Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP'

April 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The first game to be highlighted in Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian's new series of videos, Positive Female Characters, is Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. According to the video (which you can watch to your left), Sarkeesian chose Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP because of the way of the novel way it presents the protagonist in the game.

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FEMICOM Museum to host first-ever game jam in April

March 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

FEMICOM Museum announced plans to host its first-ever game jam. The first FEMICOM Museum Game Jam will take place April 15 - 21. The theme of the jam will be inspirational femme / feminine games, software, hardware, and toys of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Those new to developing games are encouraged to participate and FEMICOM Museum suggests tools such as Gamemaker: Studio, Phaser, Scratch, Twine, and Unity to build your game - though I would imagine you can use whatever you like.

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Girl Scouts go to Washington D.C. for STEM

March 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Girl Scouts of America will be traveling to the White House for an event to promote STEM education. On March 23, members of the Girl Scouts will join President Obama to showcase their inventions and discoveries at the 2015 White House Science Fair.

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Four days left to help fund Pixelles Game Incubator program for women

March 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Four days remain to donate to the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Pixelles Game Incubator 2015/2016. While the crowdfunding effort has already generated $8,716 CAD - well above its $5,000 CAD goal and beating all of its funding stretch goals - the money put towards the campaign will help Pixelles Montreal have even more resources to realize its goal: empowering young girls and women to "learn, love, and create games."

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Apple Earmarks $50 Million To Promote Diversity In The Tech Industry

March 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Intel isn't the only company working to get more women and minorities into the tech field. Apple is putting $50 million towards initiatives that promote and pursue that goal. The investment is the fulfillment of a promise Apple CEO Tim Cook made in 2014 after the company's diversity report was published. That report showed that Apple's workforce is mostly made up of white males.

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Free International Women’s Day DLC For Europa Universalis IV Makes Some Men Mad

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A free batch of downloadable content over the weekend for Paradox Interactive' grand historical strategy game Europa Universalis IV had the unintended consequence of whipping some of its users into a frenzy over the plight of men. The content was released for free to celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8th) and adds 100 of the greatest women in history into the game.

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Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson Announce 'Offworld'

March 6, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday during the bittersweet #1ReasonToBe panel, Gamasutra editor-at-large Leigh Alexander and entertainment and culture writer (for publications such as Boing Boing, Wired, and more) Laura Hudson announced the launch of a new site dedicated to gaming with a focus on giving a voice to women and minority voices. The site, which you can find a placeholder for at offworld.com, is called Offworld.

A brief message on this placeholder site explains what it is all about and why it is so important that it exists.

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Intel Promises To Help Foster More Diversity in The Video Games Industry

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In addition to announcing deals with Codemasters, Funcom and Ubisoft to use its technology in upcoming games and a new game developer friendly portal at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, Intel revealed a number of initiatives it is backing to promote more diversity in the video games industry.

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Polygon Hires 'The Mary Sue' Founder

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Vox Media's video game focused site Polygon has hired The Mary Sue founder Susana Polo. The appointment shows that Polygon wants to ramp up its coverage of all things non-gaming, and perhaps bring a bit more focus to topics that women are interested in.

"We've been covering entertainment for a little bit," Polygon's Editor in Chief Chris Grant told FishbowlNY. "We've dabbled. There's a lot of adjacency. Batman isn't just a game, it's also movies and comic books."

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The Saucy Night-Life of San Francisco Targets GDC Attendees

March 2, 2015 - James Fudge

We all get that sex sells, but there's a reason that parties involving strippers and other male-focused titillation might be looked down upon in this day and age. After all it's no longer the 1990s and people expect party organizers to show some sensitivity to the growing number of women that attend game industry trade events like the Game Developers Conference.

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'Mortal Kombat X' Will Feature More Realistic Portrayals of Women

February 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer NetherRealm will take a more realistic approach to the way it presents female combatants in its upcoming game Mortal Kombat X. In other words, female characters won't have gigantic breasts and other ridiculously overblown body features. This, says production manager Spiro Anagnostakos, is in the name of making Mortal Kombat X more realistic.

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Leigh Alexander and Brenda Romero To Host GDC #1ReasonToBe Session

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Legendary game developer Brenda Romero and outspoken writer Leigh Alexander will host this year's #1ReasonToBe session at the Game Developers Conference next month in San Francisco. Alexander is the Editor at Large at Gamasutra, while Romero is Program Director/Game Developer at UC Santa Cruz and co-founder of Romero Games.

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PSA: 'Law & Order: SVU' Tackles Gaming, Online Harassment, and More in Tonight's Episode

February 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Just a reminder: Tonight's episode of Law & Order SVU features a storyline dealing with video games, online harassment, threats, and a female game developer under siege by a group of gamers out to do her harm.

Here's the synopsis for the episode set to air tonight (9 PM ET) on NBC:

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'DOA 5: Last Round' Producer Talks About Cultural Differences And Portrayals Of Women In DOA Games

February 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yosuke Hayashi, the leader of developer Team Ninja and producer for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, says that the controversy over the series' portrayal of women is likely a clash of cultures. Speaking to MCV, Hayashi said that any controversy over the series’ approach to female representation may be the result of a cultural clash.

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Anita Sarkeesian Named 'Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014'

February 4, 2015 - James Fudge

Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian will receive the Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014 Award on Sunday, February 8 at the Harvard University Science Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The annual award is handed out by the Humanist Community at Harvard University. The Humanist Community at Harvard (or HCH as it likes to be called) is "dedicated to building, educating, and nurturing a diverse community of Humanists, atheists, agnostics, and the nonreligious at Harvard and beyond."

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Philippines 'League of Legends' Tournament Organizers Take Heat For Questionable Rules On LGBT Players

February 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Manila, Philippines-based ESports organizer Garena is taking a lot of heat today for rules it has put in place for an upcoming League of Legend "all-female" tournament. These rules deal with restrictions on gay, lesbian and transgendered players.

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Poll: Which Feminist Frequency Video Are You Looking Forward To Most?

January 27, 2015 - Andrew Eisen

Feminist Frequency has announced its plans for the new year and in addition to new entries in its Tropes vs Women series, it will also start two new video projects.  The first is a new series that examines the representations of men and masculinity in video games and the second a miniseries presenting examples of positive female characters in video games.

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Feminist Frequency Details 2015 Plans

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Tropes vs. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian has announced plans for Feminist Frequency 2015, which includes an expansion of the videos and topics the organization already makes that focus on the portrayal of women in video games. But what about how men are portrayed?  Sarkeesian will introduce a new series discussing "men and masculinity" in video games in addition to a new miniseries presenting positive examples of female characters in video games.

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Intel Pledges $300 Million To Encourage Women and Minorities To Join The Tech Sector

January 7, 2015 - James Fudge

During his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week,  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that the company will pledge $300 million to be used for scholarships aimed at bringing more women, African Americans, and other ethnicities into the tech sector. The company is partnering with a number of groups to do this including Feminist Frequency, The National Center for Women and Information technology, The Anita Borg Institute, UNCF, Girls Who Code, Society of Women Engineers, the IGDA, NACME, and many others.

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New 'Payday 2' DLC Adds First Female Character

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Two new pieces of downloadable content have been released on Steam for the popular heist game, Payday 2. The first is called "The Diamond Heist" and offers a brand new mission where your crew attempts to steal a very precious diamond from a local museum. It also offers four new masks - Anubis, Medusa, The Cursed One, and Pazuzu.

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'Tekken 7' Director Lashes Out at Fans Who Criticized 'Lucky Chloe'

December 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Katsuhiro Harada, the man serving as Tekken 7's director reacted rather strongly to criticism of character Lucky Chloe. After the character was revealed, users responding in this NeoGAF thread harshly criticized Chloe as being a stereotypical sexualized Japanese female character that is more appropriate for the Dead or Alive series.

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New Feminist Frequency Video Tackles Male Privilege in Gaming

December 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The latest Feminist Frequency video tackles the topic of "male privilege" as it relates to gaming culture and features a number of male developers like Tim Schafer from Double Fine and several journalists from places like IGN, GameSpot, and Polygon.

It is questionable whether or not it was a good idea for games journalists to appear in a video created by Feminist Frequency, mostly because it creates a conflict of interest should they need to report on the series in the future.

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Andrew Eisen Talks About Rating Sexism in Games Today on HuffPo Live

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamePolitics contributing editor (and co-host of the Super Podcast Action Committee) will join Kill Screen Daily's David Rudin, and NYMag.com Senior Editor Jesse Singal for an in-depth discussion about rating sexism in games on Huffington Post Live today at 4:23 pm ET.

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Sweden's Dataspelsbranchen Researching Gender Equality Content Ratings for Video Games

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Joystiq (thanks MaskedPixelante) reports that the trade group representing the video games industry in Sweden - Dataspelsbranchen - is doing research on a new content system that would rate how video games promote gender equality.

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SCEA Boss: Online Harassment is Completely Unacceptable

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent interview with GamesBeat, Sony Computer Entertainment America chief Shawn Layden was asked about online harassment in general and gender equality within the video games industry.

While Layden wouldn't specifically address the social media movement GamerGate, he did offer an unequivocal answer on harassment - with some pressing from GamesBeat.

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Women in Games Jobs Appoints New CEO

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Jenny Richards-Stewart is the new CEO of Women in Games Jobs. Richards-Stewart previously worked as CEO at the Gremlin Group and as the chair of the board of governors at UK games industry charity GamesAid. Prior to that she worked for six years at the Paddington Academy. Richards-Stewart took on the position because she was keen to help the organization to promote equality within the games industry.

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Anita Sarkeesian Explains GamerGate on The Colbert Report

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On the latest episode of Comedy's Central's The Colbert Report, Feminist Frequency and Tropes v. Women in Video Games creator Anita Sarkeesian gives her opinion on what the social media movement #GamerGate is all about. Colbert started the show with some jokes about GamerGate and gamers, ran several MSNBC clips, and then sat down to talk to Sarkeesian.

After the segment aired Sarkeesian tweeted the following:

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Video: Leigh Alexander's XOXO Festival Talk

October 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If you haven't seen Leigh Alexander's recent XOXO Festival presentation, you can check it out to your left. Earlier in the month Tropes vs. Women in Games creator Anita Sarkeesian also gave a presentation, which can be found here.

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Swedish Game Developers Sign Petition Supporting Diversity, Rejecting Harassment

October 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A number of companies that are part of Sweden's game development community have signed on to a public petition protesting the harassment of female game developers over the last few months and reiterated that diversity is of paramount importance in the Sweden. Other developers outside Sweden have signed on to the petition as well in the spirit of supporting diversity.

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Conster-annnd they are 'temporarily closed' after phone threats. Way to take the moral high ground against bigotry, people. -,-04/01/2015 - 5:51pm
ConsterThe first business to use SB101 to deny service to gay weddings has arisen - let's see if EZK's theory about the free market being sufficient to deal with them holds u-04/01/2015 - 5:50pm
MonteYa i remember when she first started her videos with the comment sections open. There was A LOT of vile harrassment to shift through to get to any REAL debate. Youtube is a TERRIBLE debate forum. Can't blame her for not wanting to deal with harrasment.04/01/2015 - 5:49pm
ConsterWho's this "Anitia Skeeter" person you speak of?04/01/2015 - 5:31pm
Matthew Wilsonfatal frame coming to the US04/01/2015 - 5:25pm
ZippyDSMleeIanC: Not really but if that keeps you warm at night then well...its not me dealing with all that hatred daily :P04/01/2015 - 4:57pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/03/it-felt-like-robbery-tomb-raider-and-the-fall-of-core-design/04/01/2015 - 4:55pm
james_fudgeIanC: or she doesn't like to be called every name in the book.04/01/2015 - 4:51pm
Matthew Wilson@IanC I may not like her work, but I recagnize that people were harassing her in the comets, so no I do not blame her for clossing them.04/01/2015 - 4:49pm
IanCAnitia Skeeter won't allow comments because she doesn't like debate.04/01/2015 - 4:46pm
Sora-ChanTestTube did a video on the Trans-Pascific Partnership https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W4Zc55pCtY04/01/2015 - 4:06pm
ZippyDSMleepicking up The Feminist Wire , Mary Sue and Feminist frequency , a shame FF had to close down comments, I tend to drop anyhting that dose not allow comments these days but as seeing how much spam and trolling they get I will it slide.04/01/2015 - 4:03pm
ZippyDSMleeOkay now that I can understand, I was focusing on total outcome not just reinforcement.So its about reinforcement of poor feelings/behavior than anything else..now I get it....uhg forest for the trees.....04/01/2015 - 3:51pm
Andrew EisenBut again, to be clear, that does not mean consuming violent media will make you violent.04/01/2015 - 3:46pm
Andrew EisenZippy - Not totally sure what you're getting at but it's the same idea that when our fiction is full of stories where violence is the solution to everything, it helps reinforce the idea that violence is the answer in real life.04/01/2015 - 3:46pm
Andrew EisenAlso, just in case anyone wasn't clear on this, Sarkeesian's argument in her latest video is that we "need more women-centric stories of all kinds." That's it.04/01/2015 - 3:44pm
ZippyDSMleeAndrew Eisen Okay so would that be like violence something that has a loose tie to the real world, or would that be an oversimplification?04/01/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenThe Mary Sue reports on all kinds of fun, geeky stuff from news to movies, video games, comics, science and more.04/01/2015 - 3:42pm
ZippyDSMleeAnyone know of any fun/comedic feminist blogs that keep up with news?04/01/2015 - 3:42pm
Andrew EisenYes, kind of. Repeatedly hammering home that men are the default and women are the exception can help reinforce that idea in real life. Does that mean playing fantasy games staring male leads is going to make an individual a raging misogynist? No.04/01/2015 - 3:41pm
 

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