Anita Sarkeesian will not be working with EA on Mirrors Edge 2

It was mentioned on our last podcast (Podcast #58) that Anita Sarkeesian was supposedly going to be working with EA as a consultant on their upcoming, Mirrors Edge 2. I was a huge fan of the original Mirrors Edge, so when I was told this news well I was very vocal on the subject and basically stated that if this individual was going to be involved in the game then I would want no part of it.

Admittedly I was not able to find concrete proof that Anita was going to be onboard in the first place, which is highly odd since we’re dealing with a pretty large topic here. You would think that there would be some major headline about this actually happening and sure this could have been hearsay, it is the internet after all. But it was enough to get people frustrated none the less.

Apparently I wasn’t alone about this as there was a petition that was launched over at Change.org to request that she be removed from anything dealing with this title. I mean why have a non-gamer involved in a game title, kind of makes sense, right?  Well thankfully that all turned out to be either not true or EA didn’t like the amount of bad press they were getting with this and as such as stated that Ms Sarkeesian WILL NOT be working with EA on Mirrors Edge 2.

 

 

no_anita_ME2Looks like I’ll be putting Mirrors Edge 2 back on my watch list now.

Source: Change.org

 

2 Responses

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    Carlos Abdu

    One thing I wanted to know is WHY: Why did EA felt it was necessary to bring in Anita as a consultant, let alone felt the need for a consultant in the first place? The original Mirror’s Edge had nothing wrong with the image it was portraying nor it’s female protagonist, Faith. It was about a skilled courier using parkour to explore a dystopian future because she was caught in a fight between the oppressive police state and the rebellion. All of the problems really lie in the concept of design and mechanics.

    How is that related to feminism, particularly the type of feminism Sarkesian likes to spout about? The subject of Mirror’s Edge is Freedom, not Gender Inequality, so there really is nothing Sarkesian can add to the table and she was only placed on the staff to use her internet celebrity to draw attention to the game…and then become a scapegoat to draw MORE attention to the game.

    You know what, I actually feel sorry for Anita. She was just a pawn in EA’s plan to make sure people buy the new Mirror’s Edge, which reveals how much lack of confidence they have in the game. No wonder why they keep insisting that this game is a reboot and not a sequel: EA is desperate to avoid the financial fate of the original, despite having decent sales.

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      8-Bit Alchemist

      She wasn’t brought in as a consultant at all. The entire debate spawned from a satirical website and was (wrongly) considered legit enough by some gaming journalists to claim was real, which resulted in rage gamers backlashing and starting said petition. It’s not EA’s fault, nor Anita Sarkeesian; It’s the journalists and gamers not intelligent enough to know when a joke is a joke and immediately jumping to boycott mode.

      http://veag.us/anita-sarkeesian-to-help-ea-wmirrors-edge-2-because-she-likes-mirrors/101/