Many doubted her, and many more threatened her, but Anita Sarkeesian went through with her Kickstarter anyway. Now, under a year later, her crowdfunded documentary series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games has finally launched.
The first episode is actually dedicated to the "damsel in distress" trope. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, Sarkeesian explains it on her blog. After all, it's important to in with at least some pre-established understanding.
As a trope the Damsel in Distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own and must then be rescued by a male character, usually providing a core incentive or motivation for the protagonist’s quest.
Straightforward enough, right? The series isn't just about feminist gaming culture, either. As the first episode proves, there's quite a bit of trivia to be found in Sarkeesian's videos. How many of you knew that Krystal of Star Fox fame was originally intended to be the protagonist in her own game, Dinosaur Planet?
At any rate, this is the first of many in her Tropes vs. Women in Video Games web-doc. Quite a few of you wanted to see where the crowdfunds were going, so here you go -- whether you agree with her or not.