Flash Game Makes Players Beat Up "Tropes vs. Women" Creator

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Flash Game Makes Players Beat Up "Tropes vs. Women" Creator

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Creator calls Anita Sarkeesian's Kickstarter a "scam."

When FeministFrequency writer and videomaker Anita Sarkeesian started a Kickstarter to fund a video series examining problematic and sexist tropes regarding female characters in videogames, she sought a paltry $6,000 to make it happen. After igniting a reactionary misogynist firestorm, she came away with over $160,000. The harassment campaign against Sarkeesian hasn't ended with the Kickstarter, though; it now includes an interactive videogame where the player is invited to punch her in the face.

"Anita Sarkeesian has not only scammed thousands of people out of over $160,000," writes the game's maker, who goes by the handle of "Bendilin," "but also uses the excuse that she is a woman to get away with whatever she damn well pleases. Any form of constructive criticism, even from fellow women, is either ignored or labelled to be sexist against her."

"She claims to want gender equality in video games, but in reality, she just wants to use the fact that she was born with a vagina to get free money and sympathy from everyone who crosses her path."

There has, in fact, been a ton of reasonable (and not-so-reasonable) discourse in the gaming community recently regarding the treatment of women in and out of games. Some of that discourse agrees with Sarkeesian, and some of it does not, and even criticizes her. Most of it manages to do so without being sexist, even.

But that's besides the point being made here. Kickstarter doesn't hide the amount of money that has been donated. People chose to give to Sarkeesian's project knowing full well that it had wildly outstripped not just the original $6,000 mark but all of its stretch goals. By that very definition, as long as she works on the video series and delivers, calling it a "scam" is a ridiculous stretch even if you disagree with her viewpoints.

What makes this so troubling isn't that people disagree with her viewpoints - which is in itself perfectly reasonable - but that there is a campaign of harassment to keep her from expressing her viewpoints in the first place.

Of course, the great irony here is that the vicious response is not only giving Sarkeesian's cause way more publicity than it would have otherwise gotten, but does more to illustrate the problem of misogyny in nerd/gamer culture way more than a video series ever could.

Because seriously, making a videogame about beating a woman in the face for daring to express the point of view that a male-dominated industry doesn't always treat women and female characters like it should, is kind of just making her point for her.

Source: Newgrounds, via Destructoid

Update: The game has been "blammed" by Newgrounds users, effectively removing it from the site. That's probably for the best.

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Guys, come on now, there is a right way and a wrong way to disagree with this. This is not the former, quit it.

In before "I don't want to be on this planet anymore" meme.

Seriously though. What the fuck people?

Looks like the users on Newgrounds blammed the 'game' into oblivion. Good riddance; bet the people doing things like this wouldn't be so tough if the cops showed up at their door to investigate the threats they've made against Ms. Sarkeesian

I'm inclined to agree that it was little more than a scam, but I don't really see how you can blame her that there are gullible retards that will throw money at a perceived injustice to feel better about themselves.

Were it not for the legal nonsense involved with kickstarters, I'd probably run a similar scam just to teach dumb people a lesson.

"Video games are NOT too sexist or violent, and I will beat the bare, bouncing tits off of any woman who disagrees with me to prove it!"

- The Irony-Proof Internet

Welcome to the Internet. We hope you enjoy your stay.

This kind of stuff just makes me sad to be associated with the Internet at all...

The worst thing about this is that I'm not at all surprised.

John Funk:

Of course, the great irony here is that the vicious response is not only giving Sarkeesian's cause way more publicity than it would have otherwise gotten, but does more to illustrate the problem of misogyny in nerd/gamer culture way more than a video series ever could.

Because seriously, making a videogame about beating a woman in the face for daring to express the point of view that a male-dominated industry doesn't always treat women and female characters like it should, is kind of just making her point for her.

Said it better than I could.

Seriously, why the hell are people so pissed about her making a video series showing that women aren't portrayed in the best light in games?

Can't wait for the news line: "This game was financed by Sarkeesian with the money , she gained from kick-starter campaign. It appears that she did so in order to give herself a more solid position in the world of gaming".
What? You don't believe even in posibility of such thing? Here is a little secret I'll share with you: Humans are bastards and will do anything to achieve their goal.

Yeah this is completely fucked up.

Holy shit. This is getting ridiculous. I know this is the internet and all, greater hive of scum and villainy and so on, but really now? Christ, what a terrible affliction reason must have, to not show it's head to humanity, lest it get punched in the balls and/or tits.

Sexism YEEAAAAAAAAAAAA

[/sarcasm]

Phasmal:
The worst thing about this is that I'm not at all surprised.

And neither am I.

Who needs maturity, right?

Certainly this was a well thought out move by the person who made the flash and not an extremely misogynist knee-jerk reaction.

/facepalm

Is this really the culture that I'm supposedly a part of?
You know I really want to be proud of being a geek or whatever.
But more and more, I'm only made able to feel more ashamed of it.

And the game just got blammed. Good on Newgrounds for not supporting that crap.

Ugh, haters, they aren't happy unless they go totally off the deep end, really all it does is make them look either really stupid or make the other side look that much better.
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Worgen:
Ugh, haters, they aren't happy unless they go totally off the deep end, really all it does is make them look either really stupid or make the other side look that much better.
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Room for one more?

Removed my own post.

thank you for proving Ms. Sarkeesian's point, dumbass.

cynicalsaint1:
/facepalm

Is this really the culture that I'm supposedly a part of?
You know I really want to be proud of being a geek or whatever.
But more and more, I'm only made able to feel more ashamed of it.

This. So much this that it hurts.

Whatever the issue is anymore - and honestly, it could be this or it could be one of dozens of other issues flying around right now - I am having a harder and harder time being openly proud of being a gamer (female or otherwise) because of the behavior of a small but extremely vocal minority of people who I really must say don't deserve to call themselves a part of us. That's how I feel anyway. You don't deserve to call yourself part of the culture I am proud of if you act like a complete and total waste of oxygen and delight in causing strife and exist only to make yourselves the worst example. This isn't what I, or indeed I think we, want to be about.

Aww hell no! I thought we were done with this!

Crap. Here comes round . . . god, I don't even know anymore.

So we've reached the point where scam means anything one personally won't spend money on?

Turtleneck sweaters are a scam!

she has a right to say what ever she wants, and make videos about what ever she wants, Totally free speech, but, this goes both ways, people have a right to say what ever they want about her, even if it is not vary nice.

When you put your face, your name, your ideals on the internet you are stepping into harms way, you can't expect people to just play nice, and treat you nice no mater what you say or do. Then again people being an ass to her got her 160,000 dollars, but what she does with that money will show everyone her true colors.

Dear gentleman, maker of this piece of art:

WHAT IN THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

Go fuck yourself and have a nice day.

Nyarly :D

FogHornG36:
she has a right to say what ever she wants, and make videos about what ever she wants, Totally free speech, but, this goes both ways, people have a right to say what ever they want about her, even if it is not vary nice.

When you put your face, your name, your ideals on the internet you are stepping into harms way, you can't expect people to just play nice, and treat you nice no mater what you say or do. Then again people being an ass to her got her 160,000 dollars, but what she does with that money will show everyone her true colors.

There's having your own opinion and then there's being an asshole. Creating a flash game where the only objective is to violently "beat up" Sarkeesian is being an asshole, and a big one at that.

I don't really agree with specific arguments she makes, but this is fucking disgusting. Questions of her being right or wrong, pointless or not, are irrelevant.
This is simply not OK.
No matter if she's the most ignorant fool in the universe or a divine saviour here to solve gamings woes, this cannot be accepted.

80Maxwell08:
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Instig8iveJournalism?

If you feel a video is necessary to make your point you need to find a better one, because anything coming from somebody so attached to 4chan (/v/ to be more precise) and trolling will only undermine your point.

Mylinkay Asdara:

cynicalsaint1:
/facepalm

Is this really the culture that I'm supposedly a part of?
You know I really want to be proud of being a geek or whatever.
But more and more, I'm only made able to feel more ashamed of it.

This. So much this that it hurts.

Whatever the issue is anymore - and honestly, it could be this or it could be one of dozens of other issues flying around right now - I am having a harder and harder time being openly proud of being a gamer (female or otherwise) because of the behavior of a small but extremely vocal minority of people who I really must say don't deserve to call themselves a part of us. That's how I feel anyway. You don't deserve to call yourself part of the culture I am proud of if you act like a complete and total waste of oxygen and delight in causing strife and exist only to make yourselves the worst example. This isn't what I, or indeed I think we, want to be about.

Yes. Exactly that.
I was going to elaborate further on my post but then there was a massive crash of thunder so I came off the computer for a while, but now I don't have to.
You know, not too long ago people were insisting that we had moved past this and it was no longer a problem.

EDIT: Oh, and inb4 people rationalising this.

Holy shit.
Okay, I was not expecting this level of outrage.
Just, holy shit.

Irridium:

John Funk:

Of course, the great irony here is that the vicious response is not only giving Sarkeesian's cause way more publicity than it would have otherwise gotten, but does more to illustrate the problem of misogyny in nerd/gamer culture way more than a video series ever could.

Because seriously, making a videogame about beating a woman in the face for daring to express the point of view that a male-dominated industry doesn't always treat women and female characters like it should, is kind of just making her point for her.

Said it better than I could.

Seriously, why the hell are people so pissed about her making a video series showing that women aren't portrayed in the best light in games?

Duh, because she OBVIOUSLY engineered the sexist and misogynist feedback so as to increase support and get free money that people are totally not able to donate by way of their own free will, allowing her to go on holiday to Mexico (no doubt she'll go topless on the beaches just to slap anyone who looks!) without having to lift a fucking finger.

Hell, I bet she doesn't even make a video!

*shakes fist*

Or, y'know, something like that.

Fappy:
In before "I don't want to be on this planet anymore" meme.

Seriously though. What the fuck people?

People!? This is newgrouds. 90% of "people" on Newgrounds barely know how to wipe their own arses, nevermind think logically. I do browse Newgrounds, granted, but I still know it's a galactic sized shithole most of the time.

FogHornG36:
she has a right to say what ever she wants, and make videos about what ever she wants, Totally free speech, but, this goes both ways, people have a right to say what ever they want about her, even if it is not vary nice.

When you put your face, your name, your ideals on the internet you are stepping into harms way, you can't expect people to just play nice, and treat you nice no mater what you say or do. Then again people being an ass to her got her 160,000 dollars, but what she does with that money will show everyone her true colors.

To be fair, making videos about general tropes in pop culture is not exactly equal to an interactive game depicting and encouraging violence against a specific human being.

All these beat X up flash games are poor taste and bad quality but there also common so no I wont hold your hand as we travel on the internet.

That's it, I am making it my personal mission to wipe out the entire fucking Hominid family.

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