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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.
Links, resources and a full transcript is available at: http://www.feministfrequency.com/2013/08/damsel-in-distress-part-3-tropes-vs-women
You can also watch and share our stand alone "The Legend of the Last Princess" animation on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZKtFfHIGrA
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48 TOTAL GAMES REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE
Those with Spoilers are marked with an asterisk (*)
Super Princess Peach (2006)
Balloon Kid (1990)
Kya: Dark Lineage (2003)
* Beyond Good & Evil (2003)
Donkey King: Pauline Edition (2013)
Wind Waker: Gender Pronoun Mod (2012)
Zelda Starring Zelda (2013)
* Castle Crashers (2008)
* Eversion (2008)
Super Meat Boy (2010)
I Must Run (2010)
Flying Hamster (2010)
Sideway: New York (2011)
Zack Zero (2012)
Bean's Quest (2012)
Hotline Miami (2012)
Labyrinth Legends (2012)
Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves (2013)
Gunman Clive (2013)
DLC Quest (2013)
The Other Brothers (2013)
Fist Puncher (2013)
Tiny Thief (2013)
Knightmare Tower (2013)
Adventures of Lolo (1989)
Cloudberry Kingdom (2013)
Fat Princess (2009)
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (2011)
Where is my Heart? (2011)
Rayman Origins (2011)
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (2011)
* Earthworm Jim (1994)
* The Secret of Monkey Island (1990)
* Braid (2008)
Thomas Was Alone (2012)
Donkey Kong (1981)
Many more examples of the Damsel in Distress on our Tumblr: http://tropesversuswomen.tumblr.com
The multimedia clips included in this video constitute a 'fair use' of any copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of U.S. Copyright law which allows for criticism, comment and scholarship.
ABOUT THE SERIES:
The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective. This series will include critical analysis of many beloved games and characters, but remember that it is both possible (and even necessary) to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of it's more problematic or pernicious aspects.
This video series is created by Anita Sarkeesian and the project was funded by 6968 awesome backers on Kickstarter.com
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