When viewing videos by Anita Sarkeesian I feel she can be quite biased against games and how they portray women. Although I don’t agree with most things she discusses she does have some valid points of interest so I decided to analyse 2 of her videos.

Video 1 – All the Slender Ladies: Body Diversity in Video Games.

Character Diversity

  • Male characters have many variations in body type whereas female characters always have similar slim figures. E.g. Overwatch, Street Fighter, League of Legends.

“A slender figure with prominent breasts is viewed as the standard design”. – Anita Sarkeesian

Game Examples – Batman Games, Dishonored, Enslaved, Remember Me, Heavenly Sword, Final Fantasy, The 3rd Birthday, The Devil May Cry, SplatterHouse, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2, Lollipop Chainsaw, Blades of Time, Bayonetta, Wet, Star Wars, Primal.

She believes female characters would show more personality if the body types varied.

  • If women do have a different body type it is usually exaggerated. E.g. Fat Princess, Dead Rising.
  • Taking age into consideration, men vary in age – women are usually npc’s and sometimes not important.

Video 2 – Strategic Butt Coverings

  • How camera angles and clothing can alter the way we look at the characters.
  • Game cases /covers. E.g. Wet, Remember Me.
  • Tomb Raider games are third person and show the whole body and clothing which is quite revealing.
  • Batman Arkham City players focus is directed to Catwomens butt due to camera angles and rule of thirds. Catwomen also has revealing, tight clothes and an exaggerated hip sway.
  • During a scene in Enslaved the camera pans down the characters body and views the enemies through the characters legs.
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld – Clip scenes and gameplay camera pivots around butt. similar to Xblades and Lollipop Chainsaw.

Mens Butts hidden with clothing or having no emphasis or definition:

Prince of Persia, Gears of War, Kane & Lynch, Binary Domain, Alan Wake, Assassin’s Creed, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Watchdogs, The Saboteur, The Devil May Cry, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Dantes Inferno, Batman Arkham Series .

Advertisements and game covers: Life is Strange “protagonists butt isn’t emphasized or centralized. The  camera angles work in conjunction with the story so we can identify her as a human being” – Anita Sarkeesian.

 

I do agree with what Anita Sarkeesian has to say with some characters however she only mentions certain games. There are many other games out there that show women in a more realistic fashion especially when looking at games being released now such as the new Tomb Raider that was purposely less over exaggerated as many women complain about how women are portrayed within games.

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