Female Lead in GTA V: Would Have Been An Awesome Idea?

A female protagonist in GTA V would have been an awesome idea, but by making all three main protagonists in GTA V (Micheal, Trevor and Franklin) of the same sex (i.e M for MALE) Rockstar Games missed a golden opportunity.

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Yi-Long1954d ago

... I don't care much about the gender of the lead.

I certainly wouldn't be against it. In fact, I'd probably welcome it with open arms.

EZMickey1954d ago

I agree, I would definitely welcome it too.

I think the golden opportunity missed here is that, if a female protagonist were included as one of the three leads, players wouldn't be obliged to experience GTA V from that perspective entirely. The game would let you play your chosen character at will and cycle between certain characters perspectives as compulsory for specific portions of the game.

One needs only look at the stats Bioware/EA released for Mass Effect that revealed the vast majority of gamers played as a Male Shepard (I personally restarted as Femshep on my second playthrough and never went back to Broshep because I prefer the female voice actor) to know that the mainstream gaming industry is still mostly run by and catered for males.

To a degree I feel as if this sort of Chinese Finger Trap situation that the video game market has fallen into decreases the opportunities for female leads in games as well as female video game consumers. There are plenty of girl gamers out there, but I'm not talking about them, I'm talking about the many curious females who may be interested enough to try but in the end may shrug off gaming as too clichéd.

I also think it holds back the kind of content we could see in mainstream games and fuels what we do see. All of your Brunette/Caucasian/Male with Stubble and/or Goatee and Man-with-gun Box art clichés I feel are affected by the lack of female presence in the video game industry both in content and creation.

GTA or a franchise on the same tier of popularity taking a step in this direction would be a great boost to this.

Root1954d ago

Well a good solid female lead is better then three where the character development will be stretched out.

With GTAV I can only see myself care about one of them, most people will be like that. You'll play them, get used to YOUR favorite and won't care about the other two because you'll be too invested in the character you like.

Donnieboi1954d ago

Speak for yourself. People are capable about caring about ALL 3. We're not as mentally closed minded as u apparently seem to be. And yes, a story can make u care about 3 completely different type of characters equally all at the same time:

Goodfella's the movie says hello. (joe pesci the psycho, deniro the brains, and ray liota as the misguided young apprentice/accomplice--each being similar to Travis, Michael, and Franklin, respectively in that order).

Root1954d ago

You went to argue about how a story in video games is good at making us care about all characters then go on about films.....two totally different things mate

If it's a story like game then fair enough but it's an open world game. If you get to choose your character then you'll be spending more time with the one you've chosen to invest your time into. If it's forced fair enough but since R* have said you can switch at any time thats highly unlikely.

They couldn't even get me to care about Niko in GTA4 so you know

Derekvinyard131954d ago

All 3 are Probly going to be written really well, I have faith in rockstar

MysticStrummer1954d ago

GTA leads have always been male, but going into next gen it would be cool to see the option to play as a female. It would require more voice and cutscene work, but they could have two slightly different stories with two characters, one male and one female, that have a lot of the same missions but some unique ones as well. Some NPCs could treat you differently, or there could be optional ways around certain obstacles, depending on your gender.

MultiConsoleGamer1954d ago

You know how women women want to play games with female leads?

Well I'm a guy and I want to play a game with a male lead. It's just natural for either gender to want representation.

febreeze11954d ago

So you've never played Tomb Raider games or other adventure games with female leads?

Sketchy_Galore1954d ago (Edited 1954d ago )

He didn't say he had never played a game with a female lead. He didn't even say women shouldn't be protagonists in games. He said he prefers playing as a man. I do too.

Many of my favourite games feature female protagonists, from Portal to Mirror's edge. I can easily handle and accept playing as a female but if you ask me what I prefer I have to say I prefer playing as a man. Mostly because games are a kind of fantasy and most of my fantasies involve keeping my penis.

Rumplebumpkin1954d ago (Edited 1954d ago )

If you're going to type a tired, overused sexist pun, at least spell it right.

smashcrashbash1954d ago (Edited 1954d ago )

Yes it wouldn't have been but people are still too stuck on old ways and many people still think that females mostly belong in low level games or as side characters.It's good that we still have some strong female roles in games but we still have a long way to go before people accept female protagonist properly.So many types of media have accepted the female lead role frequently so I am not sure what is taking gaming so long to do the same. With the length of time games have been around using the female gender and other races as the lead protagonist should be second nature by now.

@ MultiConsoleGamer.So you believe that women don't play games with male leads because they want representation? Where did you get that idea? Females play games with male leads constantly so why should it be so hard for us to do the same with women? You can't relate to a character unless they are the same gender as you?

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