New Anita Sarkeesian Video Calls Out Gaming's 'Women in Refrigerators'

Feminist Frequency blogger/video host Anita Sarkeesian is back with the second in her "Tropes vs. Women in Games" series, in which she analyzes sexist tropes in video games. The first video in the series looked back at the origins of the "Damsel in Distress" trope, focusing mostly on Nintendo games. The new video puts… » 5/28/13 4:15pm 5/28/13 4:15pm

Filmmaker Documenting Online Nastiness Doesn't Plan to Feed the Trolls

The filmmaker preparing a documentary about the notoriously rancid and abusive behavior in online gaming says she's not really interested in having a dialogue with the trolls. Her project aims to make their conduct morally taboo, if not stigmatized in mainstream society. » 4/29/13 4:30pm 4/29/13 4:30pm

If Video Games Are Going to Grow Up, Then the Bullying Needs to Stop

Disclaimer: I was a key creative in what is often considered one of the more "dudebro" franchises out there, Gears of War. I'd also like to remind everyone out there that I went out of my way in working with our team, the writers, and Epic's artists to make sure that female characters are represented well in that… » 3/12/13 4:00pm 3/12/13 4:00pm

Here's Anita Sarkeesian's First 'Tropes vs. Women In Games' Video

It's been a long road for feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian. Last summer, she ran a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new video series examining sexist tropes in video games—her goal was $6,000 and she raised nearly $160,000. In the midst of the Kickstarter drive, Sarkeesian was subjected to a … » 3/07/13 4:37pm 3/07/13 4:37pm

Anita Sarkeesian's First 'Tropes vs. Women in Games' Video May Come Out…

Anita Sarkeesian, the controversial feminist critic whose plans to produce a crowdfunded video series about female tropes in video games led to someone creating a video game all about punching her in the face, is almost ready to show her work. » 1/30/13 6:00pm 1/30/13 6:00pm

The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Gamers of the Year

Kotaku, in its look back on 2012, will ultimately laud the best games of the year, the qualities that made them great, and those who made them great. But we also want to step back and recognize those who make video gaming, as a whole, great. The people dedicated to the ideals of this culture and whose actions reflect… » 12/06/12 9:00pm 12/06/12 9:00pm

Feminist Game Critic On Her Online Attackers: They Cast Me 'in the Role …

The woman behind Feminist Frequency hasn't been shy about sharing stories of the harassment she's gotten while trying to create Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. Anita Sarkeesian's goal of examining how women get portrayed in video games won her lots of enemies but, according to her, they thought of themselves as… » 12/06/12 1:30pm 12/06/12 1:30pm