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  • SanFran51 - April 5, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    The part of the problem is that the male characters are constantly Idealized but they are never sexualised and the female characters are constantly shafted to the sexual side and the other problem is simply the fact that writers just don't know how to write female characters very well. Personally either they start making male characters just as sexualised as the women or maybe they should actually make female characters idealized and sexualised.
  • Deth65 - April 5, 2014 7:45 a.m.

    Jessica in DQVIII pretty much sums up the armor scenario. The less her body was covered the more her damage level increased. If I remember correct she was also the only character who was able to change outfits. Makes sense to me since I really would not play a game with guys running around in thongs & skimpy tops.
  • stefan-craig - April 4, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    A agree that alot of the females are a male fantasy. But most of the male characters arent exactly realistic to your averge male.
  • cain-midnightt - August 10, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    crap article. Cant fantasy be fantasy? Entertainment? Like the men are so F'n realistic!
  • YoungBats - April 7, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    I agree with both sides of this argument. From a female perspective, it does get annoying and seemingly a tad sexist when games keep repeating the cliches. Not all females in reality are the same, nor should all females in video games be. However, I also agree that these are just games. As a girl, I wouldn't be nearly as inclined to play a game where the main character was a fat, unattractive slob who tries picking up attractive, skinny girl (*cough* the annoying manager dude out of Tony Hawk Underground *cough*), whereas I'd be there in a heartbeat if the main character, or one of more frequent characters, was a sexy, well built guy with an attractive voice/accent (you see, this is the reason that I like my superheroes and Assassin's Creed ^.^ But the one thing that DOES get me is when people start to believe that everyone is supposed to be like how their sex is portrayed in games. I mean, when guys start to see girls as having to have big boobs and small waists and nothing else, or when girls see guys as having to have a rippling six pack and be shirtless 24/7 (admittedly, that would be nice c; ). I'm just saying, it's understandable why they would do that - it's for the viewer's enjoyment, not a documentary.
  • dmaster225 - April 5, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    WTF? Why do women keep hating on the way they are portrayed in videogames? Theyre not real you know. It takes a real insecure person to be offended by the way whatever group they have placed themselves into is portrayed in a computer program.
  • gilgamesh310 - January 29, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    Point 11 is just a lie in itself. There are many female game characters that aren't defined by their gender. I could make a big list of them if I wanted, but I'm sure intelligent people know who they are.
  • aaronoraa-barlow - January 27, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    You forgot the whole "Women being healers" rule with some games and/or anime, I know this doesn't apply to all but it's a running theme with most games with a class system that the women mages that aren't the PC are mostly the healing/support buff sub-class as opposed to being the badass b!tch with big fiery apocalypticness. The only game that I personally have played that doesn't have that so much was Dragon Age II y'know ^^'' since Anders was the primary healer I thought it was a great change to see a Male taking on the role as the healer :) But after that I can't really think of any other game that's exempt from the rule which sucks really :/
  • radeonrose - January 27, 2013 6:16 p.m.

    Final Fantasy 10 had Lulu as its fiery death dealer. But then it had Yuna as its healer, so it both wins and loses. Final Fantasy 13 had women mostly as damage dealers while a male played healer.
  • BladedFalcon - January 28, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    ...Vanille was pretty much a healer.
  • OD-Apache - January 27, 2013 4:31 p.m.

    Metal Gear Solid 3. The Boss. 'Nuff said.
  • gilgamesh310 - January 29, 2013 9:48 a.m.

    The Boss was sort of defined as being a mother so according to GR logic that makes her not a good character.
  • radeonrose - January 27, 2013 6:57 a.m.

    I think a shout-out is in order for the Final Fantasy crew. The latest game was 50% women, including its main character, Lightning. She's just a former soldier, with no previous history of science or royalty. Before that, Final Fantasy 12 also has 50% women as its cast of main characters. Before that, Final Fantasy 10 had another female lead (arguably). Final Fantasy 9 had a princess, but then there were 3 other strong female characters. If you go further back, FF 6 stars a female lead.
  • VintAge68 - January 27, 2013 5:28 a.m.

    True; Binary Domain might be really examplary here: two women out of a squad of five, one Asian, the other "Caucasian"...
  • jackthemenace - January 27, 2013 3:26 a.m.

    At the minute, I'm getting sick of reading about Women in the media; Either they're not there, in which case it's sexist, or they ARE there, in which case they're 'token' and it's sexist. Admittedly, this may not be exactly the same trail of thought as the article, but there were a couple that made me think of it, most notably the two sections about all women either being naive or hardened. What else is there for them to BE!? If women are portrayed as weak in games, it's a bad presentation of women; but if they're portrayed as strong and independent in a game, it just seems like a shallow attempt at NOT looking sexist. People need to stop reading into it so much -.-
  • gilgamesh310 - January 29, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    It's getting very annoying hearing all this hypocritical garbage alright.
  • FemJesse - February 1, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    Hell, have the women working in the mines while the men are off fighting, I don't give a crap as long as they're THERE and DOING SOMETHING. Being relegated to quest givers, healers, protection missions is demeaning... Or what about more Tanyas and Kerrigans? Kerrigan became so much more interesting when she ditched Raynor and became the queen of blades. I was actually pretty disappointed at the end of Wings of Liberty, lol.
  • Kytl - January 26, 2013 7:17 p.m.

    At least Fire Emblem shirks off at least some of these lies.
  • RaQin - January 26, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    Andrew Groen, you hit the nail on the head. An excellent, considerate, and well stated article with everything but the answers...Now how do we get devs to stop writing about vapid, helpless, gender defined female characters? That is the real issue. If more games were written to have women with the poise, inner conviction, and breast-physics of FemSheppard, then we'd be going someplace. I think all female gamers would love to have characters to play who are as strong as they are...and I'd arm wrestle Michelle Obama if I were given the chance. Cheers, RaQin/Kate
  • needles - January 25, 2013 12:41 p.m.

    I play video games to get away from unattractive women in real life. It's fantasy. It's why I watch porno. But your'e right. It does get a little stupid sometimes.

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