People who can take this publication seriously baffle me. How? How can anyone read what they write and not go “this is totally slanted shit”? These people clearly are incapable of discussing this medium in anything resembling objective way. They can only write articles espousing opinions about stuff and showing off that they have no real understanding of the medium in which they are writing about. That’s what this is. Another article written by someone who doesn’t get how vidya works, and has to also shit on the sequel to one of my favorite games in the process. It seems that Polygon decided to take a crack at the newest trailer for The Last of Us: Part 2. It’s a pretty awesome trailer. We have some violent people doing horrible things in the fallen world, with some characters we haven’t met before fighting back. It made me want to know more. I’m really hoping for gameplay footage and a release date soon. But Polygon had other issues with it. Here’s a link to their stupid article, let’s talk about it.
Bones bludgeoned with hammers. A noose wrapped tightly around a struggling woman’s neck. The blade of a knife pressed into a vulnerable stomach. The gruesome imagery Naughty Dog manages to cram into a five-minute trailer for The Last of Us Part 2 is physically uncomfortable to sit through.
Only if you never played through the first game, Julia Alexander. For those of us who know this series, we saw how in the world of The Last of Us, humanity had descended into madness. An infection making fungus zombies has wiped out most of humanity and those that are left are tribal and destructive. It’s a game where the central theme is the last spark of humanity in characters, and how those who are able to maintain that goodness die while those who eschew goodness to survive live. It’s a cold and tragic story about characters who all have to make a choice to abandon their humanity in order to live. So for me, I can watch that and think – wow, this is hardcore. What is the story with these characters? I am really interested.
The victims of the vicious assault, two women, are unnamed. It’s not clear why we’re watching two people be tortured, but we’re asked to take in the extreme violence under the assumption that we’ll be rewarded with more information for doing so. That information never comes, however, and all we’re left with is residual nausea.
Is all this person has played is Mario games? Does she even know about the first one? I would love to see her reaction during the scene in the restaurant in the first game where Ellie is savagely beaten and the implication is that after David is done beating her, he is going to rape her. If you aren’t aware of what kind of trailer this is, don’t watch it. Go back to phone games or Nintendo’s cookie-cutter material.
A trailer is a pitch to its audience of what to expect from the full game. In the past, Naughty Dog’s trailers have captured a particular mood or suggested a compelling relationship. But here, the promise is almost exclusively gore. There’s an argument to be made that the trailer raises an enticing question — Why are these women being attacked? — but that mystery is both too familiar and too broad.
What?! What the fuck does that even mean?! Too familiar and too broad? And exclusively about gore? There was hardly any gore in there! We saw a girl’s arm get busted with a hammer. Brutal, but not gory. But what does too familiar and too broad mean? That’s fucking word salad. It’s done by a person who wants to make their point seem really profound, when the truth is that it is just them not wanting to say “I don’t like it! And my opinion is all that matters about this!”
Without any context, the trailer fails to introduce (or even really tease) the story players will embark on. That is its problem.
I guess Julia has never heard of world-building before. You know, a scene in something to set the tone for what kind of world this story takes place in? Is this a totally revolutionary thing to her?
The fact that their antagonist is a woman herself does little to undercut what this trailer is on its most blunt level: an extended sequence of brutal and unexplained violence against women being used to thrill the viewer, and ultimately, sell a video game.
Did Anita Sarkeesian write this with a pen name? Yes, because gamers just love to watch women get beaten and hurt. That’s totally all this was about. Give me a fucking break. This trailer was setting a tone, dumbass! The tone is – this world is violent and unforgiving. Even women who are beefcakes like the woman being hung can’t escape the reality of what a violent world it is. There was meant to be some thrill to the players, because we have seen this world before and we are meant to now be excited to see it again because it’s clear that the violence in what’s left of humanity society hasn’t gone away. The lesson here is – themes are too complicated for feminists.
There’s a difference in how Naughty Dog handled the trailers for The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2. In The Last of Us, Joel may be gunning down hunters, but we understand why he’s doing it, and those he’s attacking aren’t women or marginalized people. The trailer is violent, but it’s justified; none of that justification exists in The Last of Us Part 2’s trailer, where violence simply exists.
Oh my god! It’s almost like this trailer was trying to inform the viewers that the world of this game is violent and harsh and unforgiving. And it doesn’t matter what your gender or skin color is. You can be brutally beaten and killed all the same. Themes, mother-fucker! Are you too dense to get this? Can you turn the feminism off for five fucking minutes to actually critically analyze something in a way outside of “this is insulting to women and minorities!”?
Providing a trailer with little to no context leads to more questions about how this trailer came to be. How many women were involved in the creation, editing and approval of this trailer? In an industry (and studio) that’s predominantly run by men, did women feel comfortable offering a critique?
And here we get to the meat of her argument, what it all boils down to. All of this blatant ignorance of what this trailer was trying to do was meant to just be another statement about how sexist gaming is and how there aren’t enough women in it. Groj, what a complete waste of time. This article did not substantially say anything. Just, nothing. It was just someone who can’t turn off the feminism for long enough to get through the trailer, or if she hates it that much go watch something else. It’s more SJW bitching because they can’t handle this medium, and Polygon gives her space to do it. Ugh.
The new Last of Us Part 2 trailer was supposed to introduce new characters, including Yara (and possibly even Ellie’s mom), but all we met were victims of abuse. We met ideas of what women should be in games like this, not actual women.
That is so fucking sexist! How do people who say this shit not see that?! All the women in the trailer are is victims of abuse? So, their personalities and whatever traits we will learn about them in the full game don’t matter? It only matters that they are living in a violent world and are victims of that violence?! What a way to totally denigrate them based on your own prejudices. By that token, I could say that Carol in The Walking Dead is only the victim of abuse from the first season and not acknowledge what an awesome and twisted character she becomes to where we are now. Or I could say that Diana in the new Hitman is only someone who submissively took intimidation because of the scene on the train where the representative of the organization Providence talked with her and clearly exerted his power over her, without looking at how Diana is a skilled handler and has all the power in the dynamic of her and Agent 47.
How are feminists not able to see how sexist shit like this is? Unless women are fucking Mary Sues, they are wrong and need to be changed. Fuck this article. It’s retarded. Hey, Neil Druckmann, you said you take what these people say seriously. They are insulting your game because they can’t theme. Are you seeing why the rest of us say they’re full of shit?
Until next time, a quote,
“I’m gonna fine and I’m gonna kill every last one of them.” – Ellie, The Last of Us: Part II Reveal Trailer