Last year, Anita Sarkeesian announced this project on Kickstarter, a website for this newfangled crowdfunding that’s the in thing at the moment. Sadly, she got a lot of needless shit for it. In fact, she got worse than that, as the most vile abominations ever to inhabit the web crawled out of their internet-holes to voice their somewhat incendiary disapproval (understatement), one arsehole even going as far as making a Flash game asking players to punch Sarkeesian in the face.
Despite this, the project got funded more than 26-fold. She only asked for $6,000 and found herself with a whopping $158,922 to work with. You can’t hear me giving that arcing whistle that denotes how awesome I find that, but I am doing exactly that.
Fast forward to this week, and the first episode has seen the light of day, covering perhaps one of the oldest tropes ever (in terms of both age and “my gods, not this same-old again”), the Damsel in Distress. Watching this video is a complete mind blower, especially the ball game analogy. ESPECIALLY THE BALL GAME ANALOGY.
Depressingly the arseholes of the Internet came out to play once again. Comments have been disabled for the vid, but that hasn’t stopped them. I don’t recommend seeking them out if you value your sanity, your computer and your nearest window.
So, why the hell is this in an Insert Disk 7 post? Well, a lot of the crap detailed in this vid isn’t exclusive to video games. And there’s no denying that this and future videos will detail many of the traps writers have or are likely to have fallen into, whether it’s in games, books, film or any other form of media.
I’m pretty sure I’ve fallen into many myself over the course of the past four NaNos, and I’m far from proud of that.
Also, I’m appalled that I hadn’t fully realised what a steaming turd Nintendo truly made of Dinosaur Planet. I’ve considered it a stain on the StarFox franchise for some time now, but now… ugh.