Why is it that there are so few games with dedicated female leads? Not like a Skyrim or Saints Row, where you can choose to play the canned story as male or female a real honest to goodness action game where the lead is a female. I know there is some notion that all gamers are “bros” who do manly things, dont cry when loved ones die, or have any real emotions outside of what should we blow up next. Sure, there are some and yes it might be atleast half of us, but cmon, dont stereotype us as beer swilling jackasses who only care about chainsaw guns and tits. (chainsaw guns and tits do infact rule, but I am much deeper than that) Just like there is some notion that female gamers are all casual farmville players who prefer furniture simulators and heartfelt emotional games about feelings than pickin some noob off at range with a sniper rifle. Yes, I know plenty of women that enjoy these games, but I know more that have no trouble handing guys thier asses at any First Person Shooter.
I really think were to a point in gaming that men would have no trouble picking up and playing an action game with a female lead. Not a platformer, or puzzle jumping game like Tomb Raider… No, an honest to goodness straight up action game, or role playing game. Sure, I know many “manly” men will feel oh so threatened by the fact that they are playing as a girl and somehow this makes them gay or whatever, but I think for the most part we can handle it. I know I can as I have spent the better portion of my gaming life playing all my games as a female. I figure, if I am gonna be staring at someones ass for hours on end… It may as well be a womans ass. 🙂 (yeah… Im a pig at times, its ok)
You know what else they need, and I know this flies in the face of gaming tradition, a female lead who isnt a scantilly clad double D bouncy boob chick who only exists in reality in rare occasions. We need one with a game who makes her believeable, but not the usual damsel in distress who picks up a gun and manages to beat the odds. No, a woman who can handle herself but isnt just the typical male lead with a female skin, someone with emotions and whatnot (this goes for the male leads too, im kinda sick of playing the same billy bad ass cowboy character in almost every game).
I know many games arent sexist on purpose, they are catering to a market, but I really feel its a market that can not only handle, but embrace a true female action hero.