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If you’re a gamer and you haven’t watched any of the Feminist Frequency videos from Anita Sarkeesian, do yourself a favor and do it. Her series, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games is fantastic. I’ve been playing my entire life, and — tell me if you’ve experienced the same thing — I’m tired of having to explain what drives me crazy about them. As we said in an earlier article, women now make up almost half of all gamers, an article that I’ve gotten a lot of backlash for writing. Now, I’m not saying everything has to be pc. I’m saying that pissing off half of your audience is a bad business move. I have money to spend on games, and if I think I’m mostly going to watch women be objectified and murdered, I’m going to buy a different one. Same goes for companies that make the lame excuse that it’s too hard to make a playable female character. I’m looking at you, Assassin’s Creed.

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This time around (and it’s part 2 of this chapter, and I’ve included links to the entire series below), Sarkeesian talks about how women are used as background and scenery, as well as victims of violence. I know you’re going to have opinions on this, so sound off below.

Damsel in Distress Part 1: http://youtu.be/X6p5AZp7r_Q
Damsel in Distress Part 2: http://youtu.be/toa_vH6xGqs
Damsel in Distress Part 3: http://youtu.be/LjImnqH_KwM
Ms. Male Character: http://youtu.be/eYqYLfm1rWA
Women as Background Decoration Part 1: http://youtu.be/4ZPSrwedvsg

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Jenna Busch

Jenna Busch is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like Nerdist, ComingSoon.net, Metro, Birth. Movies. Death., IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, in the documentary She Makes Comics, on NPR and Al Jazeera America, and has covered film/TV/gaming/comics for years. She's currently a co-host on Most Craved. She's been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind, Game of Thrones Psychology and Star Trek Psychology and more, and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony trailer voice overs that give one nightmares.

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