the gaming industry annoys me a lot because it has the potential to be the most creative and diverse outlet we have but like. nah. we got cod. and fifa. 0 female leading characters. the exact same slightly rough looking, dark haired, middle aged white dude.. 3/10
oh please, go right ahead and show me where the fan service was in the newest Tomb Raider game. Was there some hidden nude scene that I missed? maybe some bra and panties DLC costume?
In fact all the DLC outfits seem to have put more clothes on her and even without the DLC there wasn’t anything overtly sexual in the main game itself.
"but wait!" you might be saying, "one game isn’t enough!". ok yes, but Tomb Raider was the only game I mentioned, how about fucking Mirrors Edge? that game had a strong female lead who is never sex’d up at any point of the game. Kat, from Gravity Rush, was really enjoyable. Bayonetta probably isn’t the best example but people really liked her. The Resident Evil games had a shit ton of female leads in that series (Jill, Claire, Sherry, Ada, Sheva, Helena), and Resident Evil takes place in a sexless universe.
So yes, people need to shut the fuck about this because they are clearly wrong.
It may be the case that “not all games” do this, but it’s not turning around too quickly, and often game manufacturers are putting up excuses as to why. Perhaps not every woman in a game is necessarily a sex object, but that alone does not make a “strong” female protagonist. I point you to Resident Evil 4, which you mentioned. Now bear with me, as I don’t remember their names, but I’m sure you would easily know who I’m talking about. First the woman in red most often seen in the extra storylines unlocked after the first playthrough. She’s kickass. But that outfit. C’mon. Then there was the president’s daughter. Yeah, it was scary shit, and she was what, 14? I don’t remember her age. But ok, you put a boy in that role and he’d be kicking ass. Let’s not forget the alternate costume you could unlock for her. My ex is literally a man ho (without pay), but even he didn’t like that. The game is fantastic otherwise. Obviously I can’t speak for any of the others, since I haven’t played them. Most of the others I haven’t heard of, but I will certainly look into.
The fan service is one thing, but it’s not the only thing. Once the boobs and butt are covered, and only if they still aren’t skin tight, many times the personality is lacking. This is a big issue in itself. I have played a bit of one game where the lead character’s gender was not an issue within the game itself.That’s one game that actually just fell into my lap, and I’ll have to go dig it out later to remember the title.
And that’s a big reason I play Elder Scrolls games: no one gives a shit about your gender, and at least through Oblivion (I haven’t gotten to Skyrim yet) the armor is practical without giving too much of that fantasy armor boob effect. Even ESO when I was testing it didn’t seem to differentiate clothing based on gender.
If it wasn’t a problem, there would be so much uproar against it. There’s a similar argument going on about the availabilities of skin tone and ethnicities in video games as well, even within a fantasy setting. Everyone deserves to be represented. While we are making progress in the area of gender and race, it’s only some. People tend to stick with the ideas of people they’re comfortable with, and I see that more often than not. It’s easy to tell someone they should be happy with the representation they have when you have plenty. You absolutely will not know why women don’t want to be portrayed as this or that if you aren’t in those situations.
But thank you for giving me a list of games I can look into and investigate, and hopefully recommend to other gamers wanting a good female lead.
You only mentioned Resident Evil 4 so lemmie break down why I mentioned that series and not just the one game.
the first Resident Evil game gave you two characters to choose from the start, Jill and Chris. Chris was useless so everyone picked Jill, and when the game got an HD remake, Jill was the only playable character, then Resident Evil 2 did the same thing, giving us Leon and Claire and Ada (although Ada wasn’t playable), and then resident evil 3 brought back Jill as the only playable character. and then in code veronica, it was only Claire. Resident Evil 6 gave us 3 female leads to choose from, Helena Harper, Sherry Berkin, and Ada Wong. only one of them has some fan service scenes but its very quick and minor.
also I wouldnt bother bringing up the Elder Scrolls games, games where you create your own character don’t matter, otherwise I would have mentioned Mass Effect which lets you play as a female Shepard which doesnt change the story in any way. but games that let the player create their character dont count because the developers arent gonna write two different stories based on what gender you choose. so the stories are written entirely genderless because of it.
also I failed to mention some other games that I didnt care about but also fit in the female lead category.
Portal, Borderlands, Metroid (which didnt even reveal the protagonist was a female until the very end), Alice, Final Fantasy 6 (and to a lesser extent, the shitty FF-13 series).
when a game is very clearly being sexist (like when Princess Peach got her own game which was extremely sexist, or how Ubisoft is being lazy about not wanting to add female characters in assassins creed) then I can understand the uproar over certain games not correctly portraying women or not at all. but saying that games with strong female leads don’t exist is a flat out lie and is just being said so that people have something to be angry about.