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Link’s Gender Is Irrelevant

Pixel Gate writes:

''There’s a strange notion going around (mostly on social media) that Link not being female in recently revealed Legend of Zelda game is some how ‘a shame’. While there is a lack of female protagonists in modern video games (there’s a history of games fronted by female characters, do your research) the argument that a Male Link is a ‘shame’ feels flakey at best. Link’s gender is irrelevant, his gender is never made obvious (bar Twilight Princess perhaps) nor does it play a part in the plot.''

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kalkano717d ago

"his gender is never made obvious"

Not once, ever, have I thought that Link might be female. He's male. Always has been.

GamerEuphoria717d ago

I don't think you're getting what was meant. The point is there's nothing in the games that hinges on Link's gender.

kalkano717d ago

Ok. Isn't that true of most games, in general?

vazurahan716d ago (Edited 716d ago )

His grunts etc. are male

He's a pretty boy like Raiden and those you see on anime

Edsword716d ago

I agree with your response, but I also agree with Kalkano. This is a very slippery slope and needs to end right now. There are plenty of games with female protagonist, perhaps even a higher percentage than what Hollywood puts out. But what does it matter? We all know that males are more prone to play certain genres of games. I am not saying that women don't play videogames, but most are more inclined to play social casual games and not action games. It would be ridiculous to have a 50/50 split between male and female action game protagonist because it doesn't match the demographic playing those games. Compare it to having a 50/50 split of men and women featured on the covers of Sothern Living or Cosmapolitan magazine. Gender roles exist and it's time for our stupid society to accept and embrace it as normal and stop trying to make men and women something they were not meant to be.

Slade23716d ago (Edited 716d ago )

@gamerEurhoria It was pretty obvious on link's gender on The Legend of Zelda's Ocarina of Time. Even saving princess Ruto it should be obvious.

Veni Vidi Vici716d ago

Except for immersion. I'm not sure I want to imagine myself as a lesbian saving the princess that I love. I'm sure that'd be great for some demographics but it's not something I particularly want. Perhaps having Link androgenous allows Nintendo to cover all the bases by allowing people to decided for themselves? Whatever gender you choose, gender does make a difference with regards to immersion, IMO.

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GamerEuphoria717d ago

If using the logic/concepts of the people i've been talking to on the subject, no it seems not in most cases. I can see what they mean in some cases (Gears for example, given how macho it is, which is fine). It's tricky to explain

kalkano716d ago

I said most, not all. But for your particular example, there are macho women.

MasterCornholio716d ago (Edited 716d ago )

I remember there was an article once where they zoomed in on Links crotch to prove that he was male. I think that was either in Soul Calibur on the GC or Smash Brothers also for the GC.

3-4-5716d ago

Wind Waker

Link's Sister: " Hey Big Brother! "

Person who wrote this article most likely has never played more than 1 hour of any LoZ game.

Link is a Male/Dude/Guy/Man ! Comprehend this please!

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randomass171716d ago

Well of course it's not all that significant, but some people are interested in playing as a female Link. I almost always play as the girl if I have the option. :)

likeaboss302716d ago

That's what Princess Zelda is for. Depending on the storyline maybe she is a playable character.

randomass171716d ago

She's playable in Hyrule Warriors, so I'm rather ecstatic about that! And besides, why don't we make Zelda a boy for a change? That would certainly throw fans for a loop. :P

warczar716d ago

Nice picture of metrosexual Link, Anime sure does have a way of making every male character look a little feminine.

Reeze716d ago

I remember that! I think it was Hyrule Warriors media coverage and the host said "work it, girl!" XD

vazurahan716d ago (Edited 716d ago )

His sound/voice has always been male.

Being silent doesn't make Gordon Freeman's gender irrelevant. Same as Link's

Zichu716d ago

I don't see why people are making an issue with the gender of protagonists...

You can't please everyone or else Link would be a multi-ethnic hermaphrodite who happens to be bisexual...

You can't have him being one race, one gender or having one sexual preference, he can have them all O.o

Just leave games alone, play them and have fun.

vazurahan716d ago

Right. Miyamoto designed him as a Hylian male, it's part of the lore.

I sure don't want to have an option for Larry Croft on Tomb Raider.

christian hour716d ago (Edited 716d ago )

After the dust settles, I wonder when animal rights activists will come out and say that there's not enough animal based protagonists in video games.

If a developer chooses a female protagonist, that's their choice, if they don't, that's their choice, don't bring gender politics and feminism in to it. You don't see me going around complaining that most male protagonists are attractive and physically fit in every sense of the word.

It's just pointless, instead of trying to protect someone with low self esteem who might be upset they don't look super macho like Marcus Phoenix, or that they aren't pretty and well endowed like a lot of female VG characters, or that their sex is inferior because it is not represented well in the medium, how about we tell these people its just fantasy, its not real, and nobody expects you to look like that, anyone who thinks yr sex is inferior isn't a real human being, don't give em the time of day.

And if there happens to be more male VG characters than there are female, its nothing against you or anyone else personally, it's all just a bunch of focus group PR bullcrap that is incredibly out of touch with the modern world, they'll get the memo eventually, in the meantime lets jut try and be rational about this and enjoy the games for what they are, rather than what we think they should be in a world gone PC mad.

Sly-Lupin716d ago

You can please everyone. Its called character customization.

The only people who wouldn't be pleased would be bigots who cannot tolerate other people playing as nonwhite or nonmale Links.

lilbroRx716d ago (Edited 716d ago )

Links current design base isn't a white male, its a Japanese male with elf like features. His features in most Zelda games, primarily is eyes and facial shape, are extremely Japanese.

Link is a boy. He was never intended to be anything else. The only people who have a problem with that are egoists who want everything to be tailored to their tastes and people who just like making controversial of which their are a lot in the gaming universe these days.

kalkano716d ago

No. Some people like actual main characters, written into the story, with actual personalities. I don't want every game to just let me create an avatar.

KonsoruMasuta716d ago

See, that's your problem. You're assuming that everyone is a bigot and racist just because they don't agree with you.

Rute716d ago (Edited 716d ago )

Sorry for the Off-topic, but Zichu said that "hermaphrodite who happens to be bisexual", and it got me thinking that can a hermaphrodite even be heterosexual? I wonder what the conservative Christian take on the issue is...

Zichu716d ago

Lol I actually changed the ethnicity, gender and sexuality a couple of times before I posted it.

It started off as:

Black Transgender who is gay
Multi-Ethnic Transgender who is gay
Multi-Ethnic Transgender who is bisexual

Then ended up being what I posted. To be honest, I wouldn't have a clue that sexuality someone would be if they had both parts.

Rute716d ago

Haha... multi-ethnic transgender gay Link would destroy the competition. GOTY confirmed.

But I have a tentative solution for the problem I mentioned: When a hermaphrodite, having sex, uses only his/hers sex organ that is NOT found on the sex partner, the person is heterosexual.

randomass171716d ago

*timidly raises hand*

I don't think it's a "big" deal, but I think it's nice to give the player more options. I most certainly would never demand to have the ability to play as a female Link, but being able to do so is a welcome change to the usual formula since I tend to like playing as female heroins. It's not essential to Zelda, it's just a nice little thing to see happen.

Zichu716d ago

It doesn't really bother me, as long as it's for the right reasons, they know what they are doing and don't make a point.

Make an immersive experience and I will be happy.

I could see a lot of people getting really angry if they made Link a female...

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