Tropes vs Women Returns to Finish Off the Damsel in Distress
Anita Sarkeesian returns this week with the third and final installment of the Tropes vs. Women: The Damsel in Distress video series.
Previously, the Kickstarted video series took a look at both classic and more modern instances of the trope, with key examples from a wide variety of developers and publishers. In this chapter, Sarkeesian looks at instances in which the trope has been reversed, only to point out the subversions aren’t quite that strong.
This is just the first wave of videos, and even if you don’t agree with her points, it’s hard to argue the education merit of pointing out the flaws in narrative design plaguing many games. Rescuing the woman has proven to be a tired plot point, and the reliance on the trope to this very day is pretty disconcerting considering how far games have come since the likes of Donkey Kong.
Check out the video above, and let us know what you think of the trope, and how you would address the issue in a game you developed.