[artinfo] Damsel in Distress

Janos Sugar sj at c3.hu
Fri May 31 20:17:57 CEST 2013

Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games

This video explores how the Damsel in Distress 
became one of the most widely used gendered 
clichés in the history of gaming and why the 
trope has been core to the popularization and 
development of the medium itself.
As a trope the Damsel in Distress is a plot 
device in which a female character is placed in a 
perilous situation from which she cannot escape 
on her own and must then be rescued by a male 
character, usually providing a core incentive or 
motivation for the protagonist's quest.
The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims 
to examine the plot devices and patterns most 
often associated with female characters in gaming 
from a systemic, big picture perspective. This 
series will include critical analysis of many 
beloved games and characters, but remember that 
it is both possible (and even necessary) to 
simultaneously enjoy media while also being 
critical of it's more problematic or pernicious 

For more examples of the Damsel in Distress see our Tumblr for this series:

Visit http://www.feministfrequency.com for more 
information, videos and a full transcript.

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