It’s not easy to set aside only ten people who deserve to be on this list, but no one can deny that everyone featured here has earned their place.
"Anita Sarkeesian – Creator, Feminist Frequency" Urmmmmmm.....no...just no
She got $150000 from Kickstarter backers for her Feminist Frequency series. She did 5 videos within 2 years that's $30000 per video. Not to mention she murders females purposely in her gameplay she displays, just so she can talk about how woman are meant to be killed in the game. She got all that money to talk crap and make 5 videos from $150000 of peoples money, and what does she get? Getting on Colbert Report, receiving ambassador awards along with the sympathy and support of gullible people. She's a modern day thief and people praise her like she's some feminist heroine. https://www.youtube.com/wat...
^^^ THIS ^^^
THIS^ divided by zero.
Your also not taking into account all the money people have donated directly to her. All the times she has posted her donate page on twitter after she has gotten "harassed" or hell, even going to her website http://www.feministfrequenc... and the first thing that pops out at you is her giant DONATE NOW button.
lol today my kid was punching and killing off WonderWoman on and on in Injustice.. She should try that
Hmm... I will leave this right here then: https://www.change.org/p/ea...
WHat ? this is the first i sadly hear of this . So now she managed to latch herself upon Mirror Edge (or rather was hired as per her fame and agenda but whatever ) ? If true , i sadly expect a shitstorm of boycotting for a game that doesnt need her , and wich actually need more people to buy it ..
http://i.imgur.com/i8rQ1cn.... Apparently she thinks that the game should be easier because it was too hard for women :| Poe's law in effect. I seriously don't know if this is satire or not.
That's just what I needed. That trashbag of a person to spread their garbage ideals all over a game I was actually looking forward to. *sigh*
Definitely won't buy that game if they have her play a role in it in any way. Get that bitch outta there, please. I'm definitely participating in that to Change Mirror's Edge.
You know what. I say don't remove her from the game development. I say let everyone see what she can do, and if what she thinks is good or necessary will actually make a good game that will sell. If she is removed, she will just use it to say how gamers are a hate filled, spiteful group of sexist misogynist...she'll probably do so either way if it doesn't sell, and since the first one didn't light the charts on fire, I don't expect this one too either. This woman has talked a big game so far, lets see if she can pull off something better than industry veterans who actually understand game design and story development. I mean, those guys over at DICE obviously are terrible game developers....sarcasm intended. It'll suck if it ruins this one game, but the long term benefits of people finally seeing that she has no clue will be well worth it. Let EA and DICE realize that pandering to a group of extremist will not pay their bills as gamers will boycott and criticize the game to obscurity if her recommendations are crap...probably will anyways. Face it, Mirror's Edge is a Gamers game, not some casual pick up well known IP. Mirror's Edge will be brought by gamers. What sucks is that she's coming on board a game with an extremely well crafted female character that didn't need any change, but now she'll become some power frenzy feminist so she'll be "strong".
Yup. Boo to her. And she spends $30K on each video? What?? What would cause her to spend 30K? Even if she has to go buy all the consoles and a few games, that doesn't even come near $5K, let alone $30K! Does she spend it all on cosmetics and clothing? I've seen her videos, and she tries to make herself looking the best. That's called ripping people off if she really does spend the rest of the money outside "gathering information". There are various informational videos on YouTube from normal people for much much less.
It's not that they spend $30K per video, they just don't seem to be spending all that money they raised for the project.
... there are 3 people in that list that don't belong there. Zuckerberg, Sarkeesian, and Zacconi, they don't belong to the gaming industry.
They have every reason to be part of this industry for their unique perspective can be viewed and acknowledged. To make the world of gaming a better place.
One, hell bent into ruining gaming with her con artist agenda, another, known to create a level of freemium games the world had never seen before, and the Last one, which pretty much the same as the last guy, but bought Oculus for some shady business of more freemium games. I don't see any of them actually doing positive things in the gaming industry. Maybe on Wall Street but not in gaming.
Doing positive things and being influential are not always the same thing. Influential just means that they have some sort of say on the direction that the industry is going. Unfortunately, while I don't like Sarkeesian having as much influence as she does, since I just consider her a glorified blogger who's never created anything except hate among the community, the fact remains that she does apparently have some influence...although maybe nowhere near as much as others, like maybe the heads of Nintendo, Sony or MS. The other two are influential as well. So, yeah she isn't in the top 10, but to deny she has influence is misguided. Zacconi not so much anymore, and Zuckerberg will probably rise up the charts in the future, but otherwise not much in the hard core industry, and probably don't deserve to be in the top 10. Every top executive of the console manufacturers and big publishers are much more influential. @deadpool I would agree with the exception of Sarkeesian. I don't feel that her opinion is that valuable as she's not a gamer. She's also never created anything, and her opinions weren't solicited by the industry, nor does most of the industry even see her claims as a problem. As I said above, she's a glorified blogger, and her opinion is worth listening to be discussed, but I'd say that about most people who write blogs or post comments in a reasonable manner. Think of it this way...should Sarkeesian have more influence than the much larger group of people that disagree with her that actually buy games.
Did someone hijack deadpools acount or something, because those posts sound vastly more pro sjw than many of his\her previous ones. Either he\she pulled a long con or someone is posting in his name because that is the kinda bs i expect to hear from darkride66, pure sophistery and the other overly proud of their opinion sjw types.
WHATCULTRE is a Click Bait site all about Gossip. Whatculture = Gossip Magazine online. Please understand sites like this are TRYING.....GOING out of their way to mislead you. Please question their ethics.
In the Colbert Interview, Sarkeesian assured Colbert that she and her movement is not out to take our violent games away. A few weeks later GTA V was pulled off the shelves from some of Australia's sellers because it offended some feminists.
That's just the start It's basically what GamerGate was trying to prevent, they said she was trying to dictate our video games...look what happened. When people call out GG they are basically calling out the one movement which are trying to protect Gamers and their rights.
That vile disgusting game deserved to be taken off the shelves. GTA V is nothing but senseless violence against real life women. That's all there is to it. I applaud Australia for their decision.
@Deadpool616 So what happens when game devs stopped adding women into open world games to avoid being called out as women violence simulator? Will the feminists praise the move or will they cry out it's unfair for not including women? What happens if the game devs do include female NPCs in their open world but designed to be un-killable, immortal(like the children in Fallout 3), while male NPCs are free for all? Wouldn't that be unfair for males? What happens if every NPCs are immortals....well, I'm sure even someone like with the name Deadpool would also find such game would be boring.
@Somebody None of that matters. All that matters is that women should be able to express themselves without a getting all this hate from you shills.
Thanks deadpool. With that comment I now know that your opinion is meaningless. You would censor one game among many because it's controversial. Some games are violent. If you don't like it, don't play it. Then you say that none of it matters because women are being harassed. What? What does that have to do with it. What does the harassment in the outside world have to do with the violence in GTA? Somebody made a good point. Censoring/banning one particular game is going down a rocky road that you may not be able to recover from. There are people that tried to ban games in the past, and trust me, they would have loved to achieve what happened in Australia. before long, any sort of violence is just too much, so we're stuck with Candy Crush and Monopoly. But I guess none of that matters if some women are being harassed.
- Hugely Influential -Anita sarkeesian Pick one...
Antia Sarkeesian is influential, sorry going to have to disagree with that. I can't get behind someone who's a con artist and wants to censor games because they don't share her extreme feminist views. Shes literally Jack Thompson with boobs, plain and simple.
In fact she is worse than jack Thompson. He doesn't want to censor but just restrict children getting questionable content
No she isnt . you vastly underestimate what Jack thompson would decide is questionable content , and how he'd prevent their access . however misguided and badly informed , or even phony she might be , she still is at core debating about a better portrayal of female characters in games
I don't agree with that. Sarkeesian is against violence against women, because apparently it's misogynistic and sexist, which I feel she hasn't really proved yet. She's not really against violent games, nor is she even saying that women in games shouldn't have no violence against them, just that the violence is often hateful or derogatory...again, she hasn't proved that case, or at least proven that its because of misogyny or sexism. She also claims that women are too often objectified. Jack Thompson really wanted to take all violence out of games. He wanted an outright ban on them, and to him any sort of violence in games was reprehensible because, "think of the children". Because of the children though, he wanted to prevent adults from playing the content as well. Thompson wanted to censor and ban game content, Sarkeesian just wants to see it have a better representation of women, and less "meaningless" violence against women(The merits of that are for another discussion though). To my knowledge, Sarkeesian has never called for an outright ban on games that don't meet her criteria, at least not directly. I'm no fan of Sarkeesian, but I would never compare her to the likes of Jack Thompson.
Just because she has creating controversy down to a science, doesn't make her opinions worth anything. She gives socially progressive gamers a terrible rap.
what exactly has Anita done for the game industry aside from making some really stupid videos that some developers for good no reason will defend?
Is this april mop?
So everyone here seems unanimous that Anita Sarkeesian is not influential. But yet she's the one that everyone keeps talking about. You know how you guys can make her finally irrelevant? Just stop talking abou her. The more you guys give her attention the more influential she is. And that is what she wants.
But how her being a hot topic an argument when it comes to gaming influence ? It will maybe change , but so far , she hasnt had an impact of any existing retail game , with her campaigning and agenda . JAck thompson was a hot topic too with his war against gaming and gta ... he wasnt relevant either . Kim Kardashian having a game that actually sells a lot , however mediocre , is relevant and influencial , in the gaming world
How many articles in this past 3 months were approved here in N4G that was talking about her? One is to many. And in the last months there were hundreds of articles just talking about her. And you guys are the ones that claim she influences gaming journalist. Do I need to put links were directing you to those articles? You guys are the ones giving her attention.
I dont disagree that she is a hot topic and rose to fame thanks to everyone here , but the subject is supposed to be about influence . It may come but she hasnt exactly have a significative impact on gaming yet . The thing she is most associatied with lately ... the feud between the pro and anti Gamergate ... wasnt even started with her .
You guys have to make up your mind. You either think that she and the rest of the feminist are influencing gaming journalist. Like you all said in this article, and hundreds more like this one. http://n4g.com/news/1576953... Or you guys think she is irrelevant, and simply stop talking about her, and stop giving her the attention that she wants.
Or comments are just comments from discussions you know ? We all , or at least many comments on stuff we dont hold that dear or arent that vested into around here Especially when you know very well that plenty avoid even going on the source articles , thus not really providing help and hits , at least directly . My point still stands , she is a hot topic . And well she may be some day a force to reckon with in the field , positively or negatively ... but i can't say she is influencial right now . Again jack thompson was at her spotlight not so long ago , and yet a fading memory
This is N4G, which stands for News 4 Gamers. If you guys think she is irrelevant to gaming then stop talking about her, and stop approving this trash. How hard can it be? You can't get both ways. If you keep giving her attention she wont just go away. And Mirrors Edge 2 just might be the start.
I think she has some influence on gaming press because as Baka says, she's a hot topic, and the gaming press is hit hungry. Her actual influence on the gaming industry has yet to be determined, so I don't think she belongs in this article. She gets discussed because she brings up topics that are worth discussing regardless of if her opinion is meaningful/factual or not. Mirror's Edge 2 may fail hard. I'm saving my opinion on if her changes are good or not until I see what comes of it. I have a feeling it will gain critical acclaim, much like the first, and the changes will be praised by the press and Sarkeesian will take full credit, but not really appreciated by the gamers...which Sarkessian will use as ammo against gamers. The game will probably flop hard, because most people will just boycott it because they don't like Sarkeesian. Because of this, her influence will diminish quickly, because publishers and devs will see that she doesn't actually know anything about target markets, or how to sell an actual video game. If the game is hugely successful, then her influence will grow, and we'll have to accept that her influence will be everlasting. We don't have to like it, but we don't really have to like influential people. Our approval doesn't not always affect their influence.
Agreed. They sure do know how to create controversy and drive clicks to their site.
she's got you so scared. it's kinda funny actually. you're so desperate to make it look like nobody listens to her, but they do, and that fact terrifies you doesn't it?
Speaking solely on my behalf how so ? I see very few people from n4g taking her so seriously , even in sheer anger , and its usually the same folks . Besides one could argue that you're desperate for her validation , clinging to some hollow victory from a site that mostly post "10 best XXX" spam articles .
a wise person once said something that i think applies here. "fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate" and if i was desperate for her validation, well, all the validation i'd need is the reactions of a lot of gamers to her. you know why she wasn't on tv talking about the misogyny of film and book fans? why just gamers? and as for that site, i can't stand it, i've complained about it time and again, but people keep posting it.
Except it's not just games that are taxed of mysogyny and not being PC enough , you've got medium like comics , anime , manga among a few taking flaks and hits . Like gaming sometimes rightfully so , but most time misguided and aggressively and offensively as well . Since they too got their share of rabbid and obnoxious fans . Gaming is just the currently hot topic and an easier target Since you bring up movies , dont you find funny how few blockbuster movies there have been with ACTUAL female leads , and how few of them dont feature Angelina Jolie ? As opposed to video games ? And how many of them arent just tomb raider adaptations featuring Angelina Jolie lol ? And since i mentioned comics , isnt it funny how so upcoming blockbuster movies or tv show featuring Female lead are comic books adaptations or tie to it ? I have nothing against the bulk of her message and cause ,it could use less cherry picking and half truths . That part in dont find appealing nor helping at all . And i'd say there is little wrong per se , about being "scared" at the growth of views so so skewed and puzzling
I echo the opinion . There are whole section of the movie and tv industries that dont care to have female heroes , unless it's for dramas , romcoms and tv shows like Scandal initially created with catering a female audience in mind ... And yet here we are with gaming taking the full brunt of things "because there are idiots on the internet" .
Hold on I need to make a video based on lies and rake in a few thousand. Try and artuculate a proper argument for once will you? All you do is rehash the same liberal book of tricks. "Aww scared homophobic, transophobic, cis, misogynist, racist, white male change is coming whether you like it or not!!11"
I listen to her! I like her
That's right my sweet pelida. Listen and believe.
I agree hazelamy. Look at how desperate they are to get females out of the game industry. It's so pathetic. If you can't just listen to a woman and believe what they say then you're obviously a misogynist.
I'm not scared of her at all, disgusted by her maybe but certainly not scared. The evolution of the industry towards being more socially inclusive would be wonderful but pretending that tropes that are offensive to all genders/races are somehow sexist is ridiculous. Everyone is poorly represented by media most of us think it's ok for entertainment sake but for some reason poor women and only women. Is gaming sexist for not catering to how women feel? Is Anita racist by not noting how tropes I'm games insult minorities? You can think what you want.
Seriously, Zuckerberg and Sarkeesian? I get that these two HAVE AN INFLUENCE on video games in a very negative way. But that is different from what this article is trying to pass off as influential. You might as well put Jack Thompson on this list too.
Can we have a new rule?? Please, let's keep politics, religion, AND gaming separate.
How did no one from Naughty Dog get on this list.
Given the chance i would flash people Men In Black style, just so these people can be forgotten. Not to mention remove said con artist's memory.
Anita Sarkeesian #5 for influential people on this list. She is influential...in a negative sense. She's a feminazi who couldn't get into the spotlight with her usual doings and decided to attack videogames. She struck gold and has been stuck on videogames like a leech for a few years now. She lied, manipulated, and stole her way to get where she is now. She parades around, pointing out sexism in narratives rather than focusing on sexism in the work place. I do believe that there is sexism in the videogame industry, but not to the extremes Anita portray them as. MOST gamers and developers who make these games ARE NOT MISOGYNIST! THEY DO NO HATE WOMEN AT ALL! So DOA girls in bikinis or mario saving peach = misogyny? Having the option to kill women civilians in GTA is misogyny? Anyone can argue that games are misandrist, or they hate men. 98% of games have you as the main character killing male enemies. Anita's influence is a dark one. She's a reminder that there are people out there who don't have the common person's best interest in mind nor understand the medium she is attacking. She was never a part of the medium nor was ever interested in it. All she wants is money and relevance.
Okay, I'm willing to let the Anita Sarkeesian bit fly, but Mark fucking Zuckerberg is #1? Nuh uh. Facebook games aren't really all that relevant anymore and Occulus Rift is an interesting but unproven technology that he has little to do with aside from handing the team a pile of money.
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