I know I’m going to be asked about this a lot throughout the course of my running this blog because I’m going to have one post per video of hers to explain why she’s wrong and is an idiot as well as her poor practice plays a large roll in my writing this blog so here we go.
Let’s start with why I think Anita Sarkeesian is a thief. What follows is a screen cap from her KickStarter page showing what her monetary goal is vs. what she actually received from you lovely people and your donations.
Okay so she raised 26.487 times the amount she asked for. Good for her, awesome. Now lets look at another screen cap of her page explaining what the goals were. You will see 4 different groupings stating if this goal is reached, those are the achievements that will be made. You will also see that all of them are listed as “achieved” as she raised such an unreal amount of money.
Okay sounds good. Now, Anita, when do you plan to deliver by?
Wait a second, it is now September, 2014. So you are overdue by only 3 months short of 2 years, so lets see what progress you have made.
That’s seven videos. One of those is a “hypothetical game concept” and three of those are extensions of the points you made in previous videos. So really, in almost 2 years, you’ve only made three of the games you promised.
Damsel in Distress
Mrs. Male Charcater (which was actually meant to be video number 8)
and Women as Background Decorations (which was actually meant to be number 5)
I know deadlines are hard to meet, but Anita has not even met half of the goal in twice the time, I think we can agree that’s a little bit ridiculous, and while deadlines may be hard to meet, they can’t be THAT hard to meet.
The Amazing Atheist is able to upload 12 videos in just two weeks.
Then the other thing I would like to address about her KickStarter is the second stretch goal that says “Let’s Bump up the Production Quality!” because I don’t believe this has been done.
This first picture is a screen cap of one of Anita’s videos that is not a part of her series you donated money to see happen.
And now here is part of her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series
I don’t know about you, but I’m not seeing any increased production quality. Also I’m not even going to talk about how many people (including myself) vlog for free. (oops I just did though). She literally sits in front of a solid colored background and talks while a picture in picture image displays with some interruption for clips of game footage. Not exactly a $150k project.
So where could all of your money have gone? Maybe into all the artwork and footage in her videos! NOPE wrong again. Neither she nor any team that works for her creates any of the artwork she uses in her videos. She created some but not all of the footage. All of this is taken from random artist or off other people’s let’s play footage. This is taken without permission of the original artist and without even contacting them to inform them of her use and then given no credit. Anita has been caught by one of the artists, and this artist tried to contact her about it as it was a copywriter fan art image. This person has received no response from Anita, despite countless attempts to contact her.
Now this is why I think, all gaming aside, the woman is crooked and no one should continue to support her in any way.
Now from a gaming aspect I’m going to address why I am so bothered by this woman, but I’m not going to pick each of her videos apart just yet because each of her videos will be granted it’s own full length post. So let’s just summarize.
Prior to making her KickStarer she made it known that she wasn’t a fan of video games. So my question is this: if you don’t even like or care about video games, why is anyone supposed to put any credit in anything you say regarding the topic?
And here is more the point I’ll be making with my 12 part series of posts addressing the Tropes vs. Women in Gaming videos that will be completed within a year (or 2), all you need to do to see this happen is donate $6k+! Nahh just kidding, I will make one per video she makes at whatever rate she makes a video.
OKAY JOKES ASIDE my big problem with the woman is the cherry picking. The information and examples she gives her viewers is not rooted in ANY fact. She completely ignores large chunks of the story or options that allow you to do good or choose an alternative route, refuses to tell viewers that some of the things she’s complaining about you actually have to go out of your way to do such, and she acts like things are mandatory to the game, even if they are optional or in some cases not recommended and discouraged. She’s wildly dishonest because she knows her audience. Most of the people who watch her videos and buy her utter garbage are teenage girls who’s entire knowledge on gaming begins at Facebook games and ends at app games they download to their phone. What we are talking about here are console games. If you don’t play console games, these issues don’t effect you and it’s none of your business.
Okay, for now I am ready to hold my tongue. The rest of this can wait until my first “why are you such a fucking liar” post.
Until then, keep doing what you do best gamers, and game on