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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randomass1712222d 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. :)

likeaboss3022222d ago

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

randomass1712222d 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

warczar2222d ago

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

Reeze2222d ago

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

vazurahan2222d ago (Edited 2222d ago )

His sound/voice has always been male.

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

Zichu2222d 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.

vazurahan2222d 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 hour2222d ago (Edited 2222d 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-Lupin2222d 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.

lilbroRx2222d ago (Edited 2222d 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.

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KonsoruMasuta2222d ago

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

Rute2222d ago (Edited 2222d 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...

Zichu2222d 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.

Rute2222d 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.

randomass1712222d 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.

Zichu2222d 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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