Way back in June we detailed the trouble Anita Sarkeesian ran into after launching a Kickstarter for a video series called "Tropes vs. Women in Video Games." Despite the negative and frankly inappropriate feedback to the Kickstarter, the project generated $158,922 in funding. The original goal was $6,000.
Sarkeesian has been the target of some very disparaging comments and general internet hate mongering for simply wanting to explore the way women are portrayed in video games. Some of it has been harmless enough (sticks and stones and all that jazz), but some of it has been downright nasty. Digital Journal details one of the most horrible attacks so far - a game on popular gaming site Newgrounds.com called "Beat up Anita Sarkeesian" created by an unnamed 25 25-year-old man from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The game allowed players to hit an image of Sarkeesian, giving her black eyes and other injuries. The game was eventually removed from Newgrounds.com, but the most disturbing part of it was the author's comments about Sarkeesian:
"Anita Sarkeesian has not only scammed thousands of people out of over $160,000, 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."
Admittedly we missed this story last week, but it's important to highlight the ridiculous antics of some Neanderthals in the community that are so bent out of shape over a video series that they want to create a digital effigy of someone to abuse. The last time I checked, Canada and the United States were situated in a part of the world where women are equal to men and ideas can be explored without engaging in violence. The part of the gaming community that loathes Anita Sarkeesian needs to call off the Internet holy war it has declared on her for exploring ideas they seem to think are tantamount to blasphemy.
Source: Digital Journal