part i | don't be upset just because somebody brought it up
Recently, a woman named Anita Sarkeesian kickstarted (yeah! Kickstarter!) a web series intending to engage the Tropes Vs. Women In Gaming. The first episode came out a while back on YouTube (and the third most recently), clocking in at about 20 minutes, and it detailed how frequently damsels in distress are used as a trope in games. A simple argument to make, right? Well, yeah, of course, you might say, games are simple, they tell simple stories, especially in the early days of the game industry, of course the stories they tell would be basic tales with chivalrous story-beats. The term for this is "courtly love" (which is different from Courtney Love).