Anita Sarkeesian talks female companions, escort missions and 'The Last Of Us'
The final episode of Feminist Frequency's video game series, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, is out today. In it Anita Sarkeesian tackles the topic of female sidekicks in games like BioShock Infinite and Ico.
The video also discusses the bane of many regular gamers lives, the escort mission. "Yorda [from Ico] also has the distinction of being the quintessential example of what I call the Damsel Escort Mission," says Sarkeesian. "You know, after making three whole videos about damsels, I’d kinda hoped to never have to talk about them again, but gaming’s love of using helpless women as both narrative and gameplay devices was too much for even those videos to contain."
The series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games started in March 2013. It attracted the wrath of internet hate group Gamergate but the vitriol didn't stop it becoming influential in the games industry. You can read more about that journey in Glixel's profile of Sarkeesian here.
"I knew this day was coming but it always seemed so far away. After five long years, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games is over," says Sarkeesian. "This is one of the most emotionally complicated projects I’ve ever created. It has been simultaneously awful and wonderful, and the journey is one which I will most certainly never forget."