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In this video series, Feminist Frequency will explore five common and recurring stereotypes of female characters in video games
In this video series, Feminist Frequency will explore five common and recurring stereotypes of female characters in video games
6,968 backers pledged $158,922 to help bring this project to life.

New Stretch Goal and New $50 Reward! Stickers!!

Incredible! I'm honestly just amazed by all the support for this project. So far more than 600 of you have pledged to help fund my video series and we've achieved the expanded video goals in under a week! Many of you have also offered some great suggestions for future videos and I'll definitely keep those ideas in mind as this project evolves.  For now, I'd like to keep the focus on these ten common tropes and stereotypes afflicting female characters in games (plus the bonus video showcasing positive representations).  I want to make these eleven video as comprehensive and of the highest quality possible.

With that in mind, check out the new stretch goal and the newly added $50 backer sticker reward below!

NEW STRETCH GOAL!

$20,000 - Let's bump up the production quality!
I did factor in some minor tech upgrades and improvements into my original goals but with so much excitement around and attention on this video series I'd like to really bump up the quality and the professionalism as much as I can.  It may not seem like it but FemFreq videos have been a little bit of a fly by night operation up until this point where the equipment is concerned. I've tried to use all the DYI tools and tricks out there to push my cheaper end equipment to get the best quality possible.  With more funding I'll be able to increase the professionalism and quality of FemFreq productions for this series and future videos. 

Some of the upgrades I'd like to invest in are: a wireless lavallière microphone (which will vastly improve the audio quality), a better studio lighting kit (so I will look less orange), a current generation editing computer/system, harddrives with expanded storage capacity (HD video takes up a lot of bytes), and I would also like to integrate some small After Effects animations to make the videos even more engaging.  Achieving this stretch goal will help make this series even more awesome.

If we reach this production quality stretch goal, I will do another update with details on a few more ways that we can expand the Tropes vs Women in Video Games series including the possibility of creating a curriculum for teachers to use in classrooms.

NEW $50 REWARD!

I've added a new reward! Anyone who pledges $50 or more will now receive a pack of custom designed stickers* featuring a reimagined Zelda and Peach plus a few more with the Feminist Frequency logo! (Anyone who has already pledged $50 or more will get a sticker pack in addition to the other rewards of course!)

Zelda says, "Thank guys but I got this one"
Peach says, "Thanks bros but I'll take it from here"

Thank you all so much for your overwhelming encouragement and support!

*The two gift stickers are transformative and critical remix works and constitute a fair use of any copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US copyright law.

Comments

    1. Jarrod on June 11, 2012

      Uneducated guess: Since she's just giving them away as a "thank-you" to donors and not selling them, it's cool?

    2. Michael C. Neel on May 24, 2012

      I would love Zelda on a t-shirt!

      I am a father of three girls, computer programmer by day, game developer by night, and I am constantly seeking ways to ensure my girls grow up knowing they are not bound by gender stereotypes. Really happy I could be part of this project.

    3. geeksdoitbetter on May 24, 2012

      perhaps the stickers will fall under the category of satire, which sometimes gets protected in copyright cases

      either way, i think the folks @ nintendo would need to ask for a removal first. art should totally push forward until stopped, rather than stopping first just in case

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      Angela Karl on May 24, 2012

      I love the stickers. But aren't there any copyright issues with those?

    5. Atarun
      Superbacker
      on May 24, 2012

      The Zelda sticker is priceless. I always wondered as a kid why the game was called Zelda and the hero was called Link. It didn't and still doesn't make any sense to me.
      After all this time and countless sequels, they totally SHOULD make a Zelda game where you get to play the eponymous character. ^^
      Go $20k!!