This is a really good view into the experiences of women within the culture of gaming. It shines a light on the darker experiences of gaming that we don't talk about for fear of further harassment. Even by leaving a review, I'm opening myself up to the possibility of harassment. I appreciate that the women in this spoke out at great personal and professional risk. This was a very professionally produced documentary. It covered many important aspects of the problem and did so in a way that can't help but produce an empathetic response in any decent human being.
I felt the need to write a review after seeing the current scores. And I'm not a great writer, so bear with me. This documentary discusses the gender differences in the gaming community. It focuses primarily on the female harassment and roles in the community. I'm female, and have experience harassment, but it's not uncommon for me to also get harassed for being Canadian, and it's not uncommon to see harassment about race, religion, ethnicity, sexual preference, and so forth. This documentary does scratch the surface pointing out video games are primarily targeted at 18-35 year old white straight males, and thus if you aren't in that category you aren't welcome. I would've liked them to expand upon that more. As a documentary about the struggles of women in the community/industry, its well done, with a fairly broad amount of views on the topic. It's of course biased to female gamers, but they do try to give a few counter points. As for technical level, I had the SD version and with lots of skype and youtube videos, I'd not recommend the HD version. There are also some instances of poor sound quality. But overall, I enjoyed it and I think it's worth watching.
I found this movie very confusing. At first we're told that the video game industry doesn't cater to women but later we're told that 50% of gamers ARE women. These statements can't both be true and the fact that such a glaring plot hole made it out of the writer's room really took me out of the movie. I also found the central performances lacking. Leigh Alexander appeared to be slurring her words and Anita Sarkeesian's acting (if you can call it that) was worse than Bart Baggett's.
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