Damsel in Distress: Part 3 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games

This is the third and supposed last part of Anita Sarkeesian’s series, I would like to point out a few games that she does not.

NYXQUEST: Kindred Spirits (Wii Ware/Steam) – A female angel saves her duded in distress

Resident Evil (Series) – In many of the Resident Evil games, you get to either play as male or female characters, mostly from the get go while some must be unlocked. 3 and code Veronica come to mind as only starring female protagonists, while Ada Wong in 4 had unlock-able missions that further fleshed the story out.

Offspring Fling (Steam) – you play a cute creature who solves puzzles by flinging her offspring to solve puzzles.

Metroid (Franchise: NES – Current) – Anita Sarkeesian never majorly mentions one of Nintendo’s most famous female’s, Samus Aran. The big reveal of her sexual identity was at the very end of her game where she is shown outside of her armor.

Mighty Jill Off (indie PC)- This indie game is majorly influenced by two things: NES game Mighty Bomb Jack, and a master/slave relationship commonly found in BDSM. In order to gain the right to be with her Master, Jill has to climb the tower her master kicked her down in order to ‘earn it.’

While I suppose I shouldn’t normally expect Ms. Sarkeesian to mention games that were never released here in America, but seeing as how they both DO EXIST and she does mention game hacks playable via emulators…

Panic in Nakayoshi World (Super Famicom/SNES) – starring an all female protagonist cast, characters from the popular girl’s manga tankoban Nakayoshi are entrusted with protecting/escorting women, men, children, and a fish from evil as they try to clear the levels of monsters! People tend to say this game plays like Bomber Man, but I’d like to point out that it plays quite a bit differently, and it has competitive co-op. I actually own a cartridge of this title 🙂

Wing of Madoola (Famicom)- I don’t know too much about this title other than that it’s a platformer, stars a woman who is looking for some sort of artifact, and that The Retro Game Master did a video over it. It looked really cool, and the game has English text in it.

Sailor Moon (franchise: snes, Genesis, PC, 3DO, DS, etc) All of her games are based on a manga that star middle school-high school girls fighting evil monsters. They often have to save someone, such as Tuxedo Mask in the JRPG Sailor Moon: Another Story, which was on The Super Famicom.

Those were just a few positive examples, there are tons more out there. There will be a follow up soon, due to the fact that all 3 of her videos are out, and her entire opinion is known.

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4 thoughts on “Damsel in Distress: Part 3 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games

    1. 5 out of 7 games/series I mentioned, directly deal with said topic of Damsel in distress reversal. Actually, six if you count having to rescue a Metroid baby. I don’t see how turning people towards playing some games that are positive towards women is a pissing contest. I actually support what Ms Sarkeesian was doing with these videos.

      1. sorry mate, that was a bit harsh of me. but re-reading your post i can see it has very positive tone. i guess i’m just getting sick of people missing the point. but pointing out positive games is a good idea too.

      2. No worries. I hope she discusses more important topics about gaming in the future. While the overuse of a trope is problem, it’s the tip of the iceberg as far as how women are depicted and treated in the industry in general.

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