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Fair game for girls

The female of the species is reportedly deadlier than the male. But judging by the appearance of the US Frag Dolls (the Ubisoft-sponsored female pro gamers) in a recent US PC games magazine, 'deadly' means 'clothing optional'.

In the mag's photo spread, the Dolls wear tiny hot pants, work out on exercise bikes, and say things like, "Breasts and butt only come into play as an advantageous distraction". Is it sexist? Regardless, it's a clichéd, age-old, representation of women in gaming.

"Historically, women in games were the prize or the victim," says Phaedra Boinodiris, from WomenGamers.com. Whether it's Elexis Sinclaire from SiN: Episodes, looking like she crawled out of an S&M club, or the chicks with Space Hopper breasts in RPGs, women in games are often sexualised to deformity.

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