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Anita Sarkeesian talks GamerGate on The Colbert Report

Feminist gaming critic Anita Sarkeesian paid a visit to Stephen Colbert last night on his satirical show, The Colbert Report. Sarkeesian explained the origins of the GamerGate movement and the threats she's received while the host aimed his talent for razor-sharp satire at the controversy's...

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Joystiq Weekly: Mordor's photo mode, The Evil Within review, Devolver's appeal and more

Welcome to Joystiq Weekly, a "too long; didn't read" of each week's biggest stories, reviews and original content. Each category's top story is introduced with a reactionary gif, because moving pictures aren't just for The Daily Prophet. As the Smash Bros. and Halo series have taught us,...

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Anita Sarkeesian speech canceled following threats, safety concerns

Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian has canceled an appearance at Utah State University following death threats where the institution could not implement stronger safety controls. "Sarkeesian was informed that, in accordance with the State of Utah law regarding the carrying of firearms, if a person...

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Anita Sarkeesian dissects the hoaxes, campaigns against her

Anita Sarkeesian is in a special position. Not only does she publicly and academically dissect video games from a feminist perspective, but she is able to transfer that magnifying glass onto herself, since her work has made her a well-known figure within the industry. In a talk at XOXO in...

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Tropes vs Women further examines misogynist decoration in games

In the second part of Anita Sarkeesian's examination of women as decoration in games, the Feminist Frequency founder examines games in which female characters exist purely as sexual objects to advance the plot. Brief scenes of sexual assault in Metro 2033 and BioShock, for example, offer no...

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New 'Tropes vs. Women' discusses the dark side of decoration

Feminist Frequency founder Anita Sarkeesian has launched the first video in her "Women as Background Decoration" series, dissecting how women are portrayed as non-playable sex objects in video games and the real-world effects these images have on players. Women as Background Decoration is the...

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Game Developers Choice Awards honor Anita Sarkeesian, Riot founders

Organizers of the 14th annual Game Developers Choice Awards have named this year's Special Award winners, honoring Riot Games founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill alongside Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian at an upcoming ceremony event. The event's Pioneer Award will go to Beck and...

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Damsel in Distress: Part 3 of Tropes series discusses 'dude in distress'

The third installment of Anita Sarkeesian's Damsel in Distress video series explores the "dude in distress" mechanic, the use of ironic sexism in retro-inspired games and wraps up with a look at games that subvert the damsel in distress idea. Sarkeesian notes that games featuring female...

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Tropes vs. Women in Video Games digs into the damsel in distress idea

Damsel in Distress: Part 2 of Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series discusses three "trope cocktails" that she says developers use to spice up the bland "save the girl" plotline: the woman in the rerigerator, the disposable woman and the mercy killing. Sarkeesian...

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'Tropes vs. Women' series launches with Damsels in Distress

The first episode of Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series examines the oft-used "damsel in distress" story element with examples from games, and traced back through art, literature, movies, and even Popeye. Over the course of twelve videos, Sarkeesian will turn a critical eye...

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