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This episode examines the general lack of female representation among standard enemies as well as in the cooperative and competitive multiplayer options of many games, and the ways in which, when female enemies do exist, they are often sexualized and set apart by their gender from the male enemies who are presented as the norm. We then highlight a few examples of games that present female enemies as standard enemies who exist on more-or-less equal footing with their male counterparts.
This is the fourth episode in season two of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. For more on the format changes accompanying season two, please see our announcement here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/566429325/tropes-vs-women-in-video-games/posts/1469466
Full transcript, links and resources for this episode: http://wp.me/p5WxZG-9Q0
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
GAMES REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE
Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014)
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015)
FIFA International Soccer (1993)
FIFA 16 (2015)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (2008)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (2009)
Uncharted 4 (2016)
Saints Row: The Third (2011)
Hitman: Absolution (2012)
Metal Gear Solid 4 (2008)
BioShock Infinite (2013)