Greetings, this was a thread suggested by PaladinTom and inspired by Anita Sarkeesian's Tropes vs Women series.
This is a space specifically dedicated to reviewing games through the lens of problematic tropes. In the most recent TvW, many forum users were appalled at the various examples Sarkeesian displayed throughout the video. The purpose of reviews in this thread is going to be to take current games and hold them up to the microscope. Does this game utilize retrograde / destructive tropes? If so, what is the full context and how bad is it? Is the development team diverse? Does the game have or allow for protagonists who aren't male, and does it go beyond binary gender options?
If you'd like to participate, simply write a review for a recently released game, with a focus on how it fails or succeeds in the way it handles the tropes outlined in the TvW series, or tropes which are problematic for you that haven't been covered in the series. If you enjoyed the game, but found one or two moments where the game lazily utilized a trope, talk about it here. If you regretted the purchase and want to help others vote with their wallet and boycott a game, talk about it here. If the game was fresh, creative in its storytelling, and trope free, talk about it here.
We'd also like to encourage people to reach out to Devs, and share their reviews. The goal of all of this to help inch the ball of progress down the field one voice at a time and to keep each other informed about the new games coming out that are challenging the status quo and avoiding the traditional narrative pitfalls that have plagued many games in the past..
A few simple ground rules......
-This is not a place to argue about the validity of the Tropes vs Women web series
-If someone shares their emotional reaction to content in a game, this is not a place to argue with them about whether or not the content is actually problematic.
-If possible, try to keep these reviews to more recently released game (within a year) and make sure to indicate how far into the game you've gotten.
Looking forward to hearing everyone's reviews!
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