"To me, absolutely. If she wants to change how women in games are portrayed, she’s pretty much going about it the worst possible way. She could have taken that $160,000 and done any number of things which would have been more effective:
She could have massively ramped up her video production. She could have scheduled interviews with game designers, artists, writers, executives, and women in the industry to prove that the culture behind game development really is toxic and misogynistic, rather than just making baseless claims about it.
She could have done her normal videos on a $6,000 budget, then donated whatever was left to women’s shelters, women’s rights organizations, or other non-profits that are actually making a difference.
She could have funded an indie game with positive female portrayals. Maybe she could have even started a small studio dedicated to female-positive games. That would’ve had a much bigger impact on the industry than a few videos.
She could have encouraged more women to get involved in the games industry via scholarships, ad campaigns, or similar measures.
At the very least, she could have stuck to her original timetable and not missed her deadlines by almost two years. She could have released more than four videos which basically just regurgitate Wikipedia articles, TV Tropes pages, and Women’s Studies textbooks. She also could have given proper credit to the people she took artwork/footage from.
But she didn’t do any of those. Instead, she decided to enact sweeping change in the games industry by going on a (paid) speaking tour and whining about how hard her life is because people on the internet were mean to her. Oh, and she also took a (paid) consulting position with the Mirror’s Edge 2 team, with her biggest contribution being that the game needs to be easier because it’s too hard for her women everywhere.
These are not the actions of someone who’s genuinely bothered by the games industry’s portrayal of women. These are the actions of someone who’s interested in their own financial/professional benefit, and found an easy way to cash in.”
This, so fucking much.