Of course I have to start with my favorite reaction GIF when it comes to Anita…
Too bad the information about her video on the kick starter is for backers only. I’m assuming that’s both as an incentive to donate but also so people don’t fly off the handle too early.
The first thing that popped into my head was something that hit close to home. The first game I ever picked up, back when I was about the age of 3, was Soul Calibur. To this day, fighting games are my favorite video game genre. So when I read “Fighting F**K Toy”, the first things that came to my head were badass buxom babes.
Ivy from the Soul Calibur franchise
Kasumi from the Dead or Alive franchise
Anna from the Tekken franchise
Cammy from the Street Fighter franchise
Makoto-Nanaya from BlazBlue
Valentine from Skull Girls
Now mind you, I picked these girls from each of these incredibly popular gaming series in particular because of their scantily-clad appearances. I personally have a big fat crush on Kasumi and Valentine, but that’s beside the point.
I think this is what Anita Means by “fighting f**k toy”. If it is, it really bothers me that she herself, A FEMINIST, is degrading these awesome characters like that. Most of the characters you see are fan-favorites, or are incredibly broken (i.e. way too awesome to fuck with). Some girls who are just as sexy but don’t appear on the list, like Chun-Li, are broken as fuck and have the best skill sets in the game. Ivy has one of the most complicated combo sets EVER. Sometimes when I’m playing fighting games we have to “ban” certain female characters because their move-sets are too insane! (That’s Taki for me, I sweep the floor with Taki) The sex appeal of these ladies is icing on the cake when you play them in games! HP-decimating combo plus boob jiggle? Sign me up!
Don’t forget, I am a woman talking here. I love female characters who are comfortable with their sexuality and their clothing choices who can still kick all kinds of ass. Sure, Ivy’s ridiculous breasts are being held up by what looks to be purple rubber bands but what male character can hit a 73 hit combo whilst adding sass, posing glamorously, and clearly NOT GIVING A FUCK?!
Not to mention, there are numerous other characters with more clothing who still kick ass in every fighting game. Recent Soul Calibur titles even have a customizing option where you can put as little or as many articles of clothing on your favorite characters (or original ones) as you please.
Let me tell you, if I could kick the shit out of anyone in high heels plus little clothing I would be one happy woman. Some of the combos these ladies pull off with their clothes intact (Valentine not so much) is more impressive than anything. Give these woman more credit for feeling confident and sexy when they decimate the other player!
As far as “Background Decoration” goes, I’m not sure what she means. Pretty side-characters that stand in the background literally, or who accompany the main character in a game? I’m not sure. “Women as a Reward” also just sounds like a rehashed form of the whole damsel in distress trope. Unless she’s talking about dating sims? In which case… THAT’S THE ENTIRE POINT OF THE GAME.
Either way, I’m not looking forward to more videos from Anita. I still wonder how much of that money she’s actually using, and if she’s forcing herself to make videos so it doesn’t seem like that extra cash is going to waste. Anita makes me feel more horrible being a woman than anyone else in this world has, including men. I’ve made small RPG-maker games with female characters ranging from all walks of life, and people like her are the reason why I let go of my dreams to become a game designer… you just can’t make them happy and they can destroy you. Not to mention the severe hypocrisy going on around the whole ordeal. “We want a female character with X, not Y! … oh you finally made a character with X? We hate it because it’s A! You fixed the A by altering X? Now it’s too B!” Nobody’s ever happy.
Why can’t we just play the games we enjoy and stop playing the games we don’t enjoy? How fucking hard is that?