Anita Sarkeesian Debuts Positive Female Game Character Series
Instead of pointing out gaming's damsels in distress or its hypersexualized characters, Anita Sarkeesian's new video series focuses on positive female game characters.
In the video above, you can watch Anita Sarkeesian in the first episode of her new Positive Female Characters in Video Games series. Her first episode focuses on the highly rated Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP. Sarkeesian's video focuses on the main character of the game, Scythian, who some people didn't even realize was a woman.
However, Sarkeesian asserts this is not necessarily a bad thing — the game plays off of the themes of The Legend of Zelda in finding pieces to complete the Triforce-esque trigon, but in this game there's no damsel in distress to rescue along the way. She also points out that, "thankfully, the game doesn't resort to clear gendered signifiers [sic] like a pink outfit or a pretty bow in her hair." The player really can't even be sure of the Scythian's gender until you acquire the megatome and notice that the other characters in the game are referring to your protagonist using female pronouns.
"Sword and Sworcery gives us a female protagonist and encourages us to see her as a hero first and foremost, one who just also happens to be a woman," Sarkeesian said.
Sarkeesian makes a multitude of great points in her video, but the bottom line is that although the character was likeable and enigmatic enough for us to see ourselves in her, which plays into the ending, she was still a strong female lead in a video game who didn't need any kind of male character in the spotlight to lean on or play off of. We can't wait to see who she highlights next.
You can check out Sarkeesian's video above for all of her thoughts on Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, or you can just play the game for yourself on iOS, Android or PC.