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Submitted by JamieSI 94d ago | news

2013 was "pretty good year" for female characters, says writer Rhianna Pratchett

Tomb Raider reboot scribe Rhianna Pratchett has remarked that 2013 was a "pretty good year" for female NPC and protagonist characters, and she hopes for less 'shooting in the face' on exotic new worlds.

The industry needs to be "expanding its verbs" when it comes to interacting with new worlds, acknowledging the "heavily entrenched" guns aren't going to go away. Industry still needs more diversity. (Industry, PC, PS3, Tomb Raider, Xbox 360)

KumaKreations  +   94d ago
Well written post and I have to agree with you. I am hoping this keeps on going for other female characters.
Just to be clear, there are about 4 games with female protagonists that released last year: Tomb Raider (Rhianna Pratchett in the article penned), Remember Me (which had promise, but incredibly poor execution), Contrast, and Gianna Sisters: Twisted dreams; and it was a "pretty good year?"

What is she smoking? What is that journalist smoking?
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MegaSackman  +   94d ago
She is probably counting Elizabeth, Ellie and all the female cast of The Last of Us. She should count those characters.

Edit: "As for the ‘men’ part – Again, I think 2013 was a pretty good year for female characters, both NPCs and protagonists. Although in gaming terms ‘pretty good year’ means that there were some, and they were cool, interesting and well thought out, rather than anything approximating equality."
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FunAndGun  +   94d ago
Beyond
SolidGear3  +   93d ago
Yeah she's missing Ellie, Jodie and Elizabeth. Pretty sure those should be at the top of the list.
_QQ_  +   93d ago
Kerrigan from Starcraft2 Heart of the Swarm?
@funAndGun but that was bad lol
Aloren  +   93d ago
"Remember me" was not that bad, it's a 7, kinda like beyond. I don't think "incredibly poor execution" applies to that kind of games. It's not like it was star trek..
I stopped playing Remember Me when the combat was effectively gimped about an hour in. Many critics also spoke to this point. It couldn't get the decade-old combat mechanics right from Prince of Persia/Arkham.

Perhaps it was not universally a poor title. However, if someone gave me a free copy of it, I would still relegate it to my 'rubbish' pile and not play it. I'd much rather look at the art or read it as a novel than play through it.
Aloren  +   93d ago
Really ? the combat system seemed pretty efficient to me, granted, it was not as good as in Batman, but still, it worked fairly well for a first installment and didn't stop me from enjoying the game. To each his own.
jollygoodchap8  +   93d ago
To be fair...it does say NPCs too not just protagonists.

On topic I'd add Clementine from Walking Dead. Throughout the first game you develop a bond with her and see her grow up and learn things to survive on her own. Now she has her own season.
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nope111  +   94d ago
I agree, she kinda sucks at writing though.

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