Some fans have blamed Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency for the supposed ruining of The Last Of Us Part 2.
The Last Of Us Part 2 has gone gold and fans can look forward to finally being able to play the sequel on June 19th. Unfortunately, a lot of people have had their anticipation spoiled by massive leaks as well constant back-and-forth bickering between vocal protestors and Naughty Dog defenders. It’s all a massive headache that is spoiling what should be a massively anticipated Sony exclusive, but over the past few days disgruntled fans have been blaming Anita Sarkeesian and her Feminist Frequency critique of video games.
As previously mentioned, The Last Of Us Part 2 has been massively spoiled ahead of its launch thanks to hackers that were previously rumoured to instead be a disgruntled employee. While the detail of these leaks won’t be mentioned here, they’ve pretty much been all over the internet with lots of people complaining about them appearing in comments for non-related videos and posts such as with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
A vocal number of fans have complained about the leaks online because of what they reveal about the story and the game’s direction, and this contempt has resulted in further sleuthing concerning the game’s development which has also resulted in Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency being blamed by some.
Anita Sarkeesian reacts to Last Of Us 2 spoilers
Anita Sarkeesian has reacted to the Twitter complaints aimed at her following the leaked spoilers for The Last Of Us Part 2.
In a lengthy thread, Anita Sarkeesian basically suggests that the disgruntled Last Of Us Part 2 haters are mad because the game isn’t about white men.
She further suggests that these vocal complainers probably hate themselves and therefore feel they have a license to hurt others.
While Anita’s argument is aimed at those who have been sexist and phobic in their complaints towards both her and Neil Druckmann, it’s wrong to lump every annoyed fan with these vocal anti-LGBTQ complainers as there are plenty of upset gamers whose anger is instead aimed at the story and its supposed treatment of beloved characters.
Imagine if I actually had the power all these doofuses think I have? pic.twitter.com/rFRhB0r2Dz— Anita Sarkeesian (@anitasarkeesian) April 28, 2020
The more I learn about Neil Druckman(however you spell it lel) the less I’m excited and interested in The Last of Us II and Anita Sarkeesian’s involvement makes me wanna run for the hills from the game.— Wuhan Solo(#SNES #Zelda #Metroid #Castlevania) (@AralesB) May 4, 2020
Hey!~ Anita Sarkessian!~— Sαყσɾι (@Doki_Sayori_chr) May 4, 2020
Screw you for ruining a beloved franchise~ And you did it to the Last Of Us franchise…
Why fans are blaming Anita Sarkeesian for ruining The Last Of Us 2
Some fans are blaming Anita Sarkeesian for ruining The Last Of Us 2 thanks to Neil Druckmann having previously cited her as an influence.
Anita Sarkeesian is not associated with the game or its story in any capacity, but Druckmann’s mention of Feminist Frequency during a Last Of Us presentation has rubbed some gamers the wrong way.
Druckmann can be seen during a 2013 keynote citing Feminist Frequency’s Tropes Vs. Women as an inspiration for why he “doesn’t like” what he sees in regard to the representation of females in video games. And his slide includes examples with Quiet from Metal Gear Solid 5 and Ayane from Dead Or Alive.
In addition to discussing Anita during this press conference, Druckmann also spoke fondly about her during the build-up to the release of Uncharted 4.
There have been some complaints about The Last Of Us Part 2 saying Ellie has become ugly, and there has also been a side-by-side comparison floating about the internet showing that Dina has a much smaller chest compared to her real-life model.
The above are just two examples of some gamers arguing that Druckmann has defeminised female characters because of the beliefs he shares with Anita, and there’s of course Abby as well. However, we won’t mention anything about this character because most of it appears to be baseless rumours concerning how she identifies.
It’s easy to understand why some gamers fear Anita’s influence because notable female characters have become plain and boring in appearance such as Lara Croft, and the last thing anyone wants is for the Tifas of the world to also be ‘defeminised’ and made plain in a misguided effort to properly represent women.
But, when it comes to The Last Of Us Part 2, it’s impossible to say that the game is ruined because the spoilers don’t have any context and some of the impressions about Abby appear to be assumptions solely based on appearance.
As for characters supposedly becoming uglier, this is an allegation reportedly corroborated by multiple screenshots.However, truth be told, it’s a shallow complaint as no one’s exactly hunky in The Last Of Us 2 as Joel has aged considerably and Tommy no longer looks as handsome as Brad Pitt from World War Z. This means it’s not only the female characters who have supposedly been struck by the ugly stick.
Ultimately, there’s nothing wrong with the designs of Ellie, Dina, or even Abby in our view. Most of the complaints from disgruntled gamers seem to stem from Druckmann’s comments about what is an approrpiate representation of females, but there’s room for characters designed like Ellie as well ones such as Tifa from Final Fantasy VII and Ayane from Dead or Alive. Neither portrayal should be shunned as they’re all different and thus have their own individual values.
In regard to whether you believe certain beloved characters in The Last Of Us 2 have been betrayed for a political agenda, you can’t come to this conclusion because the spoilers don’t have context and meaning. Plus, the context they’ve been given by the internet appears to be wrong as two massive ones are just assumptions.