"A lot of people have been talking about the effect a female lead in a game has on the willingness of male gamers to play it. Now when I first heard this I thought nothing of it but then I started to think back on my favourite games over the last decade. None of them had a female lead, I thought that was just a coincidence and that it has nothing to do with the sex of the characters and that there were probably just less games with female leads. I recently picked up the new Tomb Raider which was praised by gamers and some even said it bettered the Uncharted series.
I played it for about an hour and then put it back on the shelf, with no desire to return, but why? The same happened with Remember Me, a great game but I just couldn’t get into it. The reason for this might be that some people try to identify with characters in video games, such as an RPG that lets you customize your appearance; 9/10 times I will make the character look like myself because in a small way it enhances my experience with the game. That’s when I started thinking that because Lara for example was a women I couldn’t identify as much with her character and therefore lost interest in the game, but was this really the case?"