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The Premiere of Queer Tropes and our Patreon Launch!
We’ve got so much amazing news! Today is the premiere of our eagerly-anticipated Queer Tropes vs. Video Games series, and we can’t wait for you to see it! Queer Tropes is the follow-up to our hugely influential series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. Hosted by Carolyn Petit, this three-episode miniseries takes a close, critical look […]
Queer Tropes vs Video Games: Video Games’ Relationship Status – It’s Complicated
In this installment, we examine the complex history of gay relationships in games, from Fallout 2 in 1998 to much more recent games like Dream Daddy and The Last of Us: Left Behind. For a long time, even those rare games that included any opportunities at all for players to pursue queer romance or sex options […]
Queer Tropes vs Video Games: Are You Gay or Just Coded That Way
Video games have inherited a thing or two from the movies, including a troubling tendency to equate being gay with being evil. From The Legend of Zelda’s most flamboyant antagonist to a sadistic butch lesbian psychopath in Dead Rising to a murderous “crossdressing freak” in Resident Evil, we take you on a guided tour of gaming’s […]
Queer Tropes vs Video Games: Press ‘B’ To Hate Gay People
Throughout much of game history, from early Leisure Suit Larry adventures to the latest installment of Grand Theft Auto, gay and trans characters were rarely depicted at all except to serve as cheap punchlines, perpetuating harmful stereotypes in the process. Sadly, it’s still not unheard of for queer characters to be nothing but objects of ridicule. […]
Presenting the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games Curriculum!
The Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series has had a tremendous impact on the ways in which our culture thinks about and talks about video games, and the links between the values expressed in popular media and the values of our larger society. We’ve always intended Tropes to serve as a resource for educators, and […]
Tropes vs. Women in Video Games: Curriculum
Since its debut in 2013, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games has been a vital, engaging resource for players, academics, students, and anyone interested in the ways women have been represented — or misrepresented — in the multibillion-dollar video game industry. We’re delighted to present to you a curriculum to supplement this landmark series. Each video […]
Party vs. Video Games: Celebrating Tropes
You didn’t think we’d let the wrap of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games pass without a proper celebration, did you? This past Saturday – five years after Anita launched the Tropes Kickstarter – we hosted folks from the games industry, backers, and many of the other people that helped make Tropes a reality. And, without […]
A Message from Anita on the End of Tropes
Well, here we are folks. 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. 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 […]
Ms. Male Character – Tropes vs Women
In this episode we examine the Ms. Male Character trope and briefly discuss a related pattern called the Smurfette Principle. We’ve defined the Ms. Male Character Trope as: The female version of an already established or default male character. Ms. Male Characters are defined primarily by their relationship to their male counterparts via visual properties, narrative […]
Damsel in Distress (Part 3) Tropes vs Women
This is the third installment in our three part mini-series exploring the Damsel in Distress trope in video games. In this episode we examine the rare Dude in Distress role reversal and then take a look at the use of “ironic sexism” in retro inspired indie games. We conclude with an investigation of titles that attempt […]
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