Submitted by blainio09 1024d ago | opinion piece

Potrayal of Women in Video Games: Will There be a Change

Women have always tended to be unrecognized, unappreciated, and unaccepted in all types of media, with an exception, I would say, in movies and television. The world of video games is no exception to the truth. Women have been marginalized in all types of media, and I have especially seen this in the world of video games. (3DS, Android, Casual games, Culture, Dev, Halo: Reach, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo DS, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PSP, Tomb Raider 2013, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360)

Kurt Russell  +   1024d ago
I hope not, I really don't fancy fat lager lout slags in my games as well as my town.
Xof  +   1024d ago
It's not an issue of being fat or ugly... in many cases it's not an issue of appearence, at all, it's an issue of personality and depiction.

E.g. most women are represented in games as sexual objects. Instances where female characters are portrayed as, well, characters are pretty goddamned rare. For every one Uncharted, there are sixty-thousand Devil May Crys.
GuyThatPlaysGames  +   1024d ago
No. Because women are objects in reality so in games they will remain the same.
sjaakiejj  +   1024d ago
Hey look, another White Knight in Shining Armor, here to protect and rescue women from the evils from the games industry!

"Crystal Dynamics has said that sexual violence is not a theme covered in the game. However, whether the scene is or is not a rape scene, there is slight sexual undertones to it, and to an extent, viewers can see this as an attempted sexual assault. On top of all this, whenever Laura Croft gets hurt in the game, her pains sound more like sexual moans than anything else. It’s just another way to sexualize and marginalize women in video games."

Run_bare  +   1024d ago
"Women have always tended to be unrecognized, unappreciated, and unaccepted in all types of media"

He must be joking, the women in gaming are very recognisable cause most of gamers are still males. When there are more women as gamers, then the men will take more of centre place.

There is nothing wrong with sexuality, it's normal as we all human as long as it's mutual consent and not harming anyone.
goldwyncq  +   1024d ago
We have enough articles like this, we don't really need another one.
OmniSlashPT  +   1024d ago
All men characters in SF and fighting games are muscular and freaking beasts showing all their abs, but that's ok. Oh, but it has a female with boobs and showing a little skin? how disgusting!

Tameel1  +   1024d ago
The difference is that the muscle bound hulks are rarely created to appeal to women. They are created to appeal to male gamers. They're represented as the "ideal male", not the ideal sexual fantasy for a woman. Let's face it, characters like Marcus Fenix or Kratos aren't exactly the gaming equivalent of Brad Pitt or George Clooney or (forgive the example) Edward Cullen. The sexiest examples of male characters I can think of in mainstream games are either Solid Snake or Leon Kennedy and neither or them are particularly sexualized. At least not to the extent that many female game characters are.

Male characters aren't just power fantasies, though. Video games in general have the "movie problem": almost all background and side characters are male, with a variety of ages and body types, with one generic sexy woman character and maybe another woman as the sexy scientist, if you're lucky.

Those female characters, however, generally do not represent the power fantasies of other women, but the sexual fantasies of men. They have big jiggling boobs because it's sexy, not because it's realistic or because it represents a strength. They're scantily clad because it's sexy, not because it provides any particular advantage to their bodies or their movement. When they show up in posters or concept art, they are rarely posing in "powerful" or "strong" positions; instead, they are showing off their assets to the male audience. Nothing throws me out of a game more than seeing a game where the men are muscular, armored and ready for battle while the women are skinny rakes with large exposed breasts who look like they belong in a strip joint instead of the battle field.

Not that I have a problem with either depiction of men or women. But I wish it was more equal on both ends. If a female character is scantily clad, why not give the player the option to make a male character just as scantily clad? If a female character has jiggling boobs, why not give a male character a bulge or something equally sexualized? If a male character is a big hulking beast, why not create an equally hulking muscular woman? If it makes sense in context of the game, then it should certainly be equal.
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jek7  +   1024d ago
the author exaggerates and generalize "all games" as if every game is like that. i think i played a couple games which have female main characters. people tend to narrow their thinking and ignore other facts so that they will have a reason to whine specially if they want to prove something that is sometimes not true.

and FYI most gamers are men(maybe at lease 90%? im not sure about this). i have not met a lot of women that can be called "real gamers"(casual gamers not included) most of them likes to do their womanly things. so should developers make games that targets women audiences? certainly some of games will be developed for women but the target audience will most of the time be men(im not a sexist im just stating the fact that most gamers are men)

so for me, people should not whine and over analyze things when a game is developed for men to enjoy because they are made that way to cater the majority of their consumers.

some games that have strong women character that have no jiggling boobs as stated by tameel:
assassins creed liberation (based on trailers i doubt the girl character in this game has jiggling or has a weak character),
Heavy Rain (it's split between 4 characters)
Final Fantasy VI
Fatal Frame series
just some of the quality games that people enjoy should prove this article wrong that every game is portrayed negatively against women sexuality
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wenaldy  +   1024d ago
Elena Fisher says hi..
CaptCalvin  +   1024d ago
More oversensitive men trying to fight for stuff that even women don't care about. I see it as a kind of superiority complex. "I'm strong and have the obligation to protect the weak."

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