GDC Awards to honor Feminist Frequency creator, Riot Games founders

This year's Ambassador Award going to Anita Sarkeesian, while Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill will take home the Pioneer Award.

Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) organizers today announced the recipients for two of its Special Awards to be handed out next month during the 14th annual awards show.

The Ambassador Award, which honors an individual who helps video games "advance to a better place" through advocacy, will go to Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian. Her Kickstater-funded video series Tropes vs. Women in Video Games tackled the representation of women in entertainment fields, primarily video games.

Meanwhile, League of Legends developer Riot Games founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill will take home a Pioneer Award at the awards show. The Pioneer Award honors "breakthrough tech and gameplay design milestone," and with 27 million daily players, it's safe to say League of Legends has been a major force in the industry.

GDCA organizers also announced today that the creative team behind the Hey Ash Whatcha Playin'? video series will create videos for the awards show. This is in addition to programming from sketch comedy group Mega64.

This year's GDCA will take place on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 pm at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The event is open to all attendees and GameSpot will carry a live-stream. The awards show will be hosted by Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment community manager Abbie Heppe.

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us and Gone Home lead GDCA nominations, while The Stanley Parable and Don't Starve are up for the Independent Games Festival Awards top prize.

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Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@dsrtpnk  

I have looked at the "Wiki" that you mentioned (and I am assuming that you are referring to Wikipedia); there are other "everyone else" which gave that game a higher number, including Eurogamer and IGN.

Wikipedia: The_Last_Of_Us#Critical_reception

If that is the "Wiki" which you are referring to, you are making an outright lie there when yousaid "Gamespot gave it a 9/10 when everyone else gave it much less".

Then, I made a Google search for The Last of Us: I get about 422,000,000 results. (Search query: "the last of us" game)

Then, I repeated that search with tighter queries to eliminate reference to anything other than the game: I get about 106,000,000 results.

(Search query: "the last of us" "game" "Sony")

Next, I made a Google search for BioShock: I get about 57,700,000 results - and that is using a search query which includes all possible BioShock titles.

(Search query: "bioshock" game)

After that, I made a Google search for Grand Theft Auto V - with very generous search queries: I get about 40,700,000 results.

(Search query: "grand theft auto 5" "gta V" "gta 5" game)

All those searches include redundant re-circulated entries, but you did mention the weasel words "really talked about", didn't you?

I am not saying that what I came up with proves you "wrong", but the numbers which I am getting doesn't really support your claim that "The Last of Us isn't really talked about as much as Bioshock or GTA 5, also strange."

Also, if you are going to say that you (and whoever else that you are referring to which you think is on your side) don't really have any prejudices and imply that ardent feminists are being paranoid, why would you suggest that she is running a "scam", especially when you don't really have any evidence beyond mere hearsay and claims about statements which she made in the past about the vacuous term "gamer"?

Moreover, why do you even want her to stop? Do you think that she is "ruining" gaming? If so, that's quite some paranoia, isn't it?

eva79
eva79

I like Anita, hate me if you want. Being a female gamer I'd like more game inclusive like Elder Scrolls, Sims etc. I left the GTA and MGS series because of the portrayals of women. I wanted GTA5 to be a female protagonist, but no - the closest we got was candy sux cheat code. Sigh* Plus the fact that I'm fussy and like non linear games with non violent options. But I just don't buy games that much anymore. Elder Scrolls is the only one and if I want to change it, I just mod it with code.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

The award still ended up being given away. :P

And no, there were no particular incidents during the award ceremony, perhaps to the disappointment of some of you.

It even started with a poke at some of you who commented down here.

Perhaps some of you should consider quitting gaming - it looks like it's going the way Sarkeesian wants, what with the likes of The Last of Us and other feministic (whatever that word means) games getting vaunted by anyone but you.

megamatics
megamatics

She doesn't even play Video Games...

WilliamRLBaker
WilliamRLBaker

........why? why? why would they do this? she doesn't play video games shes not a gamer, she steals other peoples lets play's and uses the footage and in two years since she was kick started for 150k or whatever she's created 4 videos that someone with 50 bucks could make in a basement.


HailHellfire
HailHellfire

i hope she gets booed off the stage when receiving the award. 

treemasterx
treemasterx

If their are two things the industry dose not need are over the top feminists and clones of video games. You give awards for innovation and ideas that help the industry as a whole. Its like giving the Nobel piece prize for nothing. Oh Wait...

renegadesteve
renegadesteve

I have no IDEA who this women is. Did she make a game or something?

sirslimyscott
sirslimyscott

So, let me great this straight she scammed people, and she's getting an honor?

zuflus
zuflus

Well done, giving an award to a con artist must be the greatest idea in gaming history (sarcasm)

Shielder7
Shielder7

Anita Sarkeesian is an idiot and deserves nothing more than to have to refund the money she stole off of kickstarter period.  She does nothing but vomit lies and throw out troll bait and than cry she's getting trolled.

MattPeters
MattPeters

Games were once developed as a labor of love. The developer would make a game he enjoyed and hope there were others like him that thought it was cool. Not anymore. It's only about the money now. Now that developer has to make a game that others (not like him) would like.

It's sad that the "opinion" logic is so popular right now. It's an endless stalemate. That is how they win. The vocal minority never quits. You're forced to play the forum game now but how do you keep the game the way it is? Make a thread saying "Don't change anything, just a reminder, I'm having a great time"? You're in the game, enjoying it and supporting it with your money. The vocal minority hits up your favorite game, complains about everything, everyday, same issues, uses the money threat, and now that game is changed for the majority of people who are playing the game instead of wasting time outside of it. This all happened to World of Warcraft and it's starting to happen everywhere else. 

I am giving up. There are some really cool people out there, guys, girls, with different races and lives. Although I usually don't find out later for some of these people. We are just playing the game and enjoying it, that's how we come together. Then, when we are friends, we start making fun of each others gender, race and lives hahaha. And it's all good! This is how we get a long with each other. Comedy and stuff. Now it's the first thing people bring up and it makes it hard to want to game with them. So you're a girl and you hate living in a man's world or something, who cares, shut up, let's freakin' play!


In all seriousness? Make your own game or quit taking everything so personally. The problem may lie with the fact that devs seem to be controlled so much by their publishers so why not beg to have something changed? They listen to the $$$ and once you give a dog something off your plate, they are going to keep coming back.

Dieknochenblume
Dieknochenblume

I hope this award to FF's Anita Sarkeesian turns out positively in making game designers realize there's a growing awareness against gender misconceptions in mass culture, but it looks like it will only harbor more useless hate towards her person. 

This issue is overblown to the extreme that a lot of people have stopped discussing in a serious, mature way and the only accepted and generalized answer is to keep feeding the flame war. 

Maybe we'll see a better opportunity to go over these matters once another less stigmatized person talks about it, possibly from within the WASP heterosexual male gamer community so his thoughts can have more chances to clear the huge wall of disdain and actually reach their target.

limbo12
limbo12

I'm sorry but "feminism" doesn't exist. It is a nebulous concept that, whether you like it or not, people have boondoggled to their own reactionary/faux-progressive ideologies. Just look at the witch hunt against people like Julian Assange and Woody Allen. "Feminist" writers have subscribed to a "hang-em high" school of journalism that disregards the core concept of "innocent before proven guilty" in exchange for catharsis. 


I have, at the moment, no opinion of Ms. Sarkeesian and would hope that any and all criticism of her remain within the boundaries of her conceptions rather than ad hominem attacks, but I would just like to register that "feminism" has been fully incorporated into the reactionary politics of the establishment press and both big-business parties and signifies nothing really substantial. One may counter that "feminism" seeks to address the divide in pay between men and women, something that is not "conceptual" but part of material, objective reality. But that divide also exists within the genders; you have rich men and poor men, and rich women and poor women. It seems that "feminism" wishes simply to equalize the exploitation of working class women and men rather than eliminate exploitation under capitalism altogether. In the end, the core defining identity in capitalist society is not gender, but class.

vault-boy
vault-boy

Anita Sarkeesian is a hands-down horrible person in terms of being honored for contributing to gaming, and the funny thing is that it isn't because there isn't a gender problem in gaming. Oh, boy, is there a problem, women are on the short end of the stick and it does need to be addressed. But thing is is she is NOT the one to do that, and much of it stems from the fact that she has absolutely no interest in gaming, only in her feminist agenda. I don't even necessarily disagree with her feminist goals (I think all genders, races, religions, sexualities, ect. should be treated equally), but the person to be spearheading the fight against misogyny has to be someone gamers can actually get behind. Sarkeesian, honestly, is not. 


She uses half truths, she uses content from other creators without permission, she doesn't do her homework, and she has no passion for the medium (even being caught admitting to not being a gamer), not to mention she makes everything about the (admittedly undeserved) criticism/harassment she received to counter any real criticism leveled against her. Now games journalism isn't allowed to do anything but praise her unless they fear a slew of claims of misogyny. That's bullshit. She is the wrong person to be arguing feminism in gaming and has probably pushed it back a few years with her bullshit. 

olegavi323
olegavi323

This is a sad day for the human race. If this kind of dishonesty in our world can get rewarded we can be sure that feminists have conned our entire species. 

Anita Sarkeesian was proven time after time to be a charlatan yet no one seems to care. Just sad.
I think it's time leave this planet.

EPaul
EPaul

Well i see another internet shitstorm coming 

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

Anita is a scam artist.  Nothing more.   GDC loses about 500 respect points for doing this.  


(inb4 Gelugon Bat clogs up the comments section by responding to every single person he/she disagrees with...wait, too late.  Fuck)

Guest1001
Guest1001

I wouldn't have as much of a problem with this if not for two things: firstly, for all the focus on and praise of Anita in the gaming press, there isn't a mainstream gaming site that has posted a criticism of her. There are plenty of legitimate criticisms of Anita Sarkeesian's arguments but gaming sites are so intent on portraying themselves as "progressive" and "female friendly" that none of them dare broach the subject. Even with a female writer (or feminist writer; there is no shortage of critics who say "I support Anita's motives but disagree with her arguments"). Of course, that's largely due to Anita's supporters creating an environment where she can't be criticised without someone saying, "oh, so you support the abuse she received, do you!?"


The second reason is because every single interview Anita has done has focused on the abuse she received a year and a half ago and not on any criticism of gaming. In other words, it's been about her, rather than her arguments. That's not what I call helping video games "advance to a better place". It's just self-promotion. It's also an example of a behaviour that I wouldn't want any daughters of mine (or any female friends or relatives) to emulate; portraying herself as a victim in need of rescuing rather than a strong person who focuses on the goal rather than the critics.

al_is_here
al_is_here

two things

1.If we disagree with this scam artist, we are considered misogynistic.
2.dota 2

nuff sed.

isshiah
isshiah

Anita went about her research in the wrong way. She reached a conclusion and then asked for money to find 'evidence'. That is not how these things work. Obviously, some games have portrayed women in a disastrous fashion, but it can't be seen in isolation.



Anyway....back to not giving in to baited headlines.

musalala
musalala

Sweet delicious troll bait...>>>homer face drool<<<

Setho10
Setho10

I'm not even sure I want to read the comments about this. I'll likely end up despising humanity even more than I already do within five comments.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@biggest_loser  

Seems like a moderator okayed your post with the video about Sarkeesian "not being a real gamer".

With that said, so what if Sarkeesian is inconsistent with her claims about being a gamer and sh*t? I would be more apprehensive if she had been flip-flopping with her bashing of fictional women in video games instead.

Also, I would say here: the intended delivery of her Kickstarter project, which is some web video series, has just started and had barely gone past four episodes. 

It's too early to call her a fraud (and that there is no clear scheduling of the delivery of her project), in addition to the fact that you have no strong proof that she embezzled the moolah.

NTM23
NTM23

A bit off topic here, but it just came to mind... Often times feminism is seen as less than female wanting equality between them and men, and more as them seeing themselves better than men, at least that's how I interpret it; I'm not for any of that, but it was actually quite disheartening to watch the news here in WA when the Super Bowl parade was going on, and the news anchors said Seattle Sonics were the only other team in Seattle to have won a championship, and now we have one more to add, when the Storm, the women's basketball team had won twice. It just felt wrong. I should also say, I've heard of this person, but I've never seen any of her stuff.

CruorComa
CruorComa

I have no problem with this person, I actually find it funny that it was the subsection of the community hating on and harrassing her that put her into the forefront of the mainstream. If people had simply ignored her, her work would have simply flown under the radar like any other niche criticism. The only thing I take issue with is the distinction between the money made on the kickstarter and the quality of the videos produced.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Thanatos2k @kujel 

I am not sure how you could twist Sarkeesian's negligence at crediting other people when she gathers her research material into a statement that somehow debunks her opinions.

I think that you are just clawing for anything to besmirch her in the eyes of others. I would tell you that I am not so easily swayed, as would anyone else who can see the deep despise that you have for the likes of she and her feminist clique.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This is the gaming version of affirmative action.  Anita's lazy videos are easily debunked, yet it seems more important to make a feeble attempt to pretend we're being "inclusive" than to let her slip back in the obscurity she spawned from.

dsrtpnk
dsrtpnk

@eva79  " the fact that I'm fussy"


Oh god. You say you like non violent game options yet played GTA and MGS.... You say you wanted GTA 5 to have a female but all you got was a Candy Suxx cheat code, yet Candy Suxx was way back during the PS2 GTA games. Both MGS and GTA are adult oriented games for mature players, not fussy players. You have options for titles, take advantage of them. 

dsrtpnk
dsrtpnk

@Gelugon_baat  Of course not, that would make her more of a damsel in distress. Notice how they were trying so hard to make you cry for her.


The Last of Us was alright, not as outstanding as the award ceremony kept preaching it was. Another "feministic" game that came out later was Beyond: Two Souls and it didn't do that well. Strange, on Wiki, Gamespot gave it a 9/10 when everyone else gave it much less. Last of Us isn't really talked about as much as Bioshock or GTA 5, also strange.

I think the bias of Game Developers Choice Awards will become more evident as time moves forward, much like ign being accused of taking money to give positive reviews on Call of Duty and Playstation.

No, we will not quit gaming, that's pretty much policing the consumer.  

All we want, is for her to stop the scam and others to fall for it. We don't women, we don't hate female gamers, we don't want to "oppress" you, and we don't you to brainwash developers into thinking that they are "hurting women" with their plot device in video games.

treemasterx
treemasterx

@renegadesteve  I encourage you not to know who this woman is, she is the poison of the gaming industry.  

Kungfu_Kenobi
Kungfu_Kenobi

@isshiah

> Anita went about her research in the wrong way.

 That would be a problem were she doing scientific research. Tropes VS Women has always been an agenda driven piece, and no one has ever claimed otherwise. She has no obligation to cover material that doesn't further her point of view. But...it's not exactly an easy  view point to assail: everything she talks about in those videos happened. Those Tropes VS Women in Video Games are a history lesson.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@NTM23  

I agree on your notion about some people thinking that the tables should be turned around instead of being made level - but I would add this though: when you see the vice versa occurring, e.g. some statements that portray/suggest men being better than women, you should be "disheartened" too. ;)

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Thanatos2k

I have watched the so-called "debunks", and I don't see them as anymore than just opinions fighting against opinions.

eva79
eva79

@dsrtpnk @eva79 I've obviously grown up since then. Seriously, read my comment instead of trying to find a way to pick it apart. I'm sorry that you feel it is not truth and you have to accuse me of something. I'm fussy because I only play non linear games, did you not read?

"You have options for titles, take advantage of them. " And what are they exactly, other than the few games I already enjoy playing and modding?


"oh god" as if I've said something so dire its made the world shake. Its an opinion, get over it.

eva79
eva79

@dsrtpnk @eva79 I've obviously grown up since then. Actually read my comment rather than try to pick it apart. I'm sorry that you feel it is not truth and need to accuse me of something. I'm fussy because I only enjoy non linear games - Did you not read?
 "You have options for titles, take advantage of them." and what are they exactly, other than the games I already enjoy playing and modding?

isshiah
isshiah

@Kungfu_Kenobi @isshiah  She has no obligation to cover material that doesn't further her point of view


True, but being unbiased and focusing on all evidence is a more respectful and creditable route, in my opinion. Transparently seeking evidence just to validate your own preconceived notions isn't a valid form of argument. 


I have no qualms admiting I dislike the way women can be treated, I merely do not agree with the way she went about proving it.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Creshosk  

Where is this promise?

I looked at the Kickstarter page and most of the promises with December 2012 as the deadline were for backers - not for the Feminist Frequency channel.

NTM23
NTM23

@Gelugon_baat  


What? First of all, that's almost, though not entirely what I was talking about with my point about them not mentioning the Storm, as if the women's basketball team didn't matter, and two, you say this as if I wouldn't be disheartened if I had seen either-or. I just find it weird you bring that up when it is, or at least should be common sense.

Shielder7
Shielder7

@Gelugon_baat @Thanatos2kAnita said ( Bayonetta is a single mom that fights demons)

That's not an opinion that's simply a false ignorant statement by someone who doesn't have a clue what she's talking about and got a 100,000$ for it..............

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@NTM23  

(Errr.... I should mention beforehand that I had to do some research, because I had no idea what you were talking about when you mentioned those teams associated with Seattle and I was focusing more on the first part of your post instead.)

Maybe you should have mentioned that the Seattle Storm female basketball team was not mentioned when the news anchor only mentioned two male teams - the football-playing Seattle Seahawks (which I believe is the one that the news anchor is featuring, since he was doing Super Bowl coverage) and the basketball-playing Seattle SuperSonics (which had since moved elsewhere) that had won championships.

That would have been clearer to people who did not know nuts about USA Super Bowl coverage.

With that said, that news anchor should have refrained from making that remark about which Seattle-based - current or otherwise- teams won championships - and you should have refrained from yours too, because you and that news anchor have not exhaustively listed every Seattle-based - current or formerly - that won championships.

(Sh*t, that was so long-winded.)

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Shielder7 

Do provide a link in which she said that. I don't follow her on any media, by the way - you seem to.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@kujel  

I would comment anyway, because I scoff at the lengths that some of you would go at detracting someone.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@kujel  

I don't recall that Sarkeesian said that she did original research.

If you want to argue that she should have credited those from whom she took the material from, then yes, I agree - but to say that she lied?

That's unnecessary exaggeration.

kujel
kujel

@Gelugon_baat How about the fact she lied about being a gamer or the fact she stole other people's lets play videos, are these just opinions?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Thanatos2k  

I don't support her - I am just ambivalent

However, I would add that I scoff at the efforts of those who try to "discredit" her with nothing more than their own opinions - if not outright lies like the one that cropped up on Reddit.