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GTFO: Get the F&#% Out

Directed by Shannon Sun-Higginson

Jul 13, 2015 Web Exclusive
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GTFO addresses the troubling trend of sexism in video games. Inspired by an incident of sexual harassment during a competitive gaming tournament that was livestreamed online, Shannon Sun-Higginson set out to explore the culture of gaming asks why such rampant misogyny is allowed to fester. Given its content, GTFO is a difficult viewing, as the eradication of such appalling behavior is given no clear solution.

Sun-Higginson does, however, counterbalance the horrors of sexism by focusing on women in gaming who work hard on creating positive experiences for themselves and everyone, and the film becomes as much about the controversies as it is about women who love games in the first place.

Filming took place mostly before the Gamergate scandal exploded, so it feels awkward that such a pivotal development is ignored until the epilogue, which is even dismissive of the significance of Gamergate’s impact. The film argues that understanding the culture that gave birth to Gamergate is vital to understanding the issues in a broader context. Either way, GTFO is as important as it is frightening.

Author rating: 6/10

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