A handy video is here to countdown all the male leads hogging the dancefloor/showfloor at E3.
Can we please stop this fake drama? Speak with your consumer voice, if you don't like it because there is no female, don't buy it...if the game suffers...then you were right and it's an issue..if it doesn't then ask yourself if you still care enough to play the game. If you hurt their pockets, game companies will change. The vast majority of CONSOLE gamers are guys, yet there are still plenty of games you can play as females...it doesn't have to be ALL games. In fact in games where they are trying to create a sense of realism, sometimes it' off-putting to see a female lead running around i.e. COD. Women are on this Earth for a reason, and it's an excellent reason...trying to inject them into areas where they don't always "belong" just for the sake of "being fair" doesn't help actual women, and in a sense diminishes all the REAL TANGIBLE benefits that women provide this world (kinda like saying for women to show real value they have to act like a man...in an area in real life where women don't participate). I don't complain when women are in games, in fact two of the games that I credit for getting me into games have strong female leads (Tombraider and Resident Evil). No one is stopping women from being in games, but let's not try to force the issue. @iam ...that would make more sense if women were being barred from being leads in video games, but rightfully so, they aren't. However, what I'm saying is going to the other extreme and injecting them just for the sake of injecting them doesn't help, and in some ways is actually counter-productive IMO. The majority of console gamers are men/boys...we aren't shunning women from playing...we want them to, but no one is asking why there aren't more male leads in shows like Sex in the City.
I think the issue stems from the reason why female leads are not chosen. Companies feel they don't sell and then don't support them (either at all or not fully) These are worth reading : http://www.themarysue.com/w... http://penny-arcade.com/rep... At the end of the day it isn't some sort of "fake drama". It is a real problem that stems from a bias further up which is actively not helping the situation
Child of Light used a female protagonist. That new Xbox One game Inside uses a female character. Mass Effect games let you play as a Man or a Woman. Bayonetta is a woman last I checked. What just because it isn't 50/50 means it's unfair? Do people go into an uproar when an alien is the lead character?
Tomb Raider, Child of Light, Mirror's Edge, Aquaria, Beyond Two Souls, Bayonetta, Perfect Dark. So what are we really trying get to get here? Women's rights IN video games? Are we now forcing devs to include females into the game even if it doesn't fit with the narrative? Should I raise my pitch fork because I'm not an Asian guy in Gears of War? Do you even know the cost of character development? You don't simply add female voice over a male game character and slap boobs on. EVERYTHING has to be built from the ground up. Such a flaimbait & clickbait topic.
Baloney. This issue stems from the media's gaming obsession with making problems for Nintendo out of resentment for their success, and little more. They weren't talking about this 3 days ago. No ones was begging for Nene Drake in Uncharted 4 or Mistress Chief. This in its entirety revolves around the fanatic forced misbelief that Link was female in the new Zelda trailer. This articles title, which tries to make it look like this is something bigger issue with many game while still posting Link from the new Zelda as the only target is misdirective joke. Zelda is actually one of the most popular games with female I've ever seen. Of all the games that should be used as a poster boy for problems with females in gaming, this series is at the bottom of the list. Most females like Zelda the way it is. Most women don't want to assume the positions that males are usually in my experiece contrary to the what the media tries to force down everyone's throat for ratings and hits.
Bayonetta and /Loracroff say.... "Your upset over lack of females @ E3?!? Now who's acting like a b!tch!!!"
* That is like complaining why more boys aren't playing with barbies....
Bayonetta says hello...... twice.
Laracroft and Palutena also say hello.
Am i the only one who finds it more ''sexist'' by actually caring about the male vs female debate in gaming? Why can't they just shut up and enjoy the game? Personally, i think it depends on the type of game. For example, Mirror's edge fits a woman because they are, not in all cases, generally more flexible. While any game featuring a character with heavy armor and a big sword, should be men because they're stronger. But all in all, i don't really care, i play a good game regardless of the main char is male or female :) I'd be fine with more woman if the industry stop over-sexualizing them though, game developers please take note from Tomb Raider reboot and The Last of Us. They have the best and strongest woman without sexualizing them. EDIT: and the fact that there are several women in the video posted, without the author counting them, is pretty infuriating >_>
Or the two female characters confirmed for Hyrule Warriors.
Who really cares? Seriously why does it matter, they are just video games, care about women in politics or management.
Or the female character confirmed in Halo 5
Great now I want Flight of the Conchords back
Hahaha I only came in here to post something about them and you beat me to it!
............. WTF is going on? Maybe I don't see the controversy because I'm not looking for it. How about this, a bunch of smart women get together, form a studio, and make a game with a female lead that they can relate to. I swear I saw Tomb Raider and Bayonetta though.
The things is, the majority of female gamers don't have an issue with this. Its more men trying to stir up controversy than female with female gamers just being a convenient tool for them to do it. Nintendo being the primary target just makes it all the more convenient for the gaming media as people seem to love to attack Nintendo and their traditional offerings these days.
Gaming is still a male driven industry. That's just the way it is, if it was female driven you would see a change. But it's not. Females are still the huge minority when it comes to gaming, and I'm not talking about mobile phone games or facebook games. Sorry, but that's the way it is. If you don't like it, make your own games and see how they sell.
It is the way it is because men went out of their own way to make it happen, building, maintaining and advancing the industry. Why wouldn't it be male-dominated?
Nintendo represented on this front. Splatoon is a third person shooter with female characters. Hyrule Warriors has one male and three announced female characters (Zelda, Midna and Impa) for an action combat game, Beyonetta in full effect and a new rather obscure female fighter announced for Smash Bros. The male dominated landscape seems to largely be a PS4 and Xbox One problem. Then again there is always the new Tomb Raider.
Some one didnt watch MSs conference. Almost every game had a female character
Oh you're right. Except your not. Call of Duty - no women seen Crackdown - No women seen Halo 5- 2 male leads... no women. Inside - No women Scalebound - Nope Witcher 3 - no playable women (but I bet you can bang them) Phantom Dust was cutscene that had a woman in it but no idea if she is going to be playable. Assassins Creed - No women are playable. Far Cry 4 - Nope Sunset Overdive I assume will have playable female characters but I don't expect much. In fact it seems that most games that have playable women don't involve much story telling or character development. Evolve and Fable Legends have nameless female characters. Hardly fills that void.
They'll never attack Sony or Microsoft like this. The only reason this is an issue is in the picture at the top of the page. Because its a popular Nintendo games and popular Nitnendo character which the media wants to disparage. Resentment for Nintendo's success has been high since the Wii overran the game industry 7 years ago.
lol @ the title http://www.youtube.com/watc...
well we have a female lead in zelda u
No we don't.
This so stupid. I feel game journalist are nit picking at every thing to create some kind of controversy. This has never been an issue for me. If the game is good I will buy the game regardless what or who the protagonist is. There was a time when developers made games and we enjoyed them. That's it.
I like how the industry tell what women are the 40% of the total of gamers,seeing this you can see the reality. 40% female gamers in casual,mobile games 5-8% female gamers in hardcore westerns AAA games also of that 5-8% female how many buy his games and how many play games of his brothers o fiances.
Stop pulling numbers outta your anus! I don't have numbers but from own life experience id say you're way off. First just because you play dude bro games doesn't make them hardcore or other games casual, especially if all you play are shooters or sports crap. Secondly, I have 2 sister's (26/30) that game(cod among others), my 53 year old stepmother still plays Mario games and my 15 year old daughter games, as well as my 14 year-old niece. That's 3 generations of female gamers in just my small circle of life. And yes, for every 1 game that has a female lead there are dozens of generic male ones, so please stop listing a handful of games like it's meaningful, they are a drop in a very deep pool. Again just because you dont bear them on Mic or they're playing a different genre doesn't mean they're not there.
This is really dumb and just click bait. I hate when people see a fake controversy and then jump in to just escalate it. We all know there is nothing to this. We don't need affirmative action in games or anywhere.
Dear OP, kindly find some jet fuel and a match, then proceed to die in a fire. Thanks.
All writers need to do is create their vision. They don't NEED female characters, black characters, mixed, gay, blah blah blah blah blah blah. They should write compelling characters, first and foremost. Not going down some half measure check list of people pleasing bs. Don't set out to make a "black character". The focus should be on creating a compelling character that happens to BE black. Or female, gay, ect ect. At least that's how I personally feel.
That may be true. But if in perusing the necessity for compelling character has led to a homogenized scruffy white male in the lead of the majority of video games being created. Then the gaming industry needs new writers. In videogames you can literally do anything. Create anything. There is no reason for this http://www.shamusyoung.com/... to exist. Any game that dares to step outside that box deserves to be celebrated. And people wonder why I like Nintendo so much.
No. That might have been a decent reply had I said relatable character, as opposed to what I actually said.
Then we need new writers because apparently a story can't be compelling unless it has a pale faced blue/brown eyed hero to this current bunch. You're right, every game doesn't have to break from the norm but damn, do the majority have to be generic caucasian saves the world?
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E3 is nothing but a brofest it use to have games with substance. Now tell me how many games there was in the conferences that was about killing. How many wasn't a shooter. How many wasnt a sequel. How many was honestly interesting. Ninty Dont count they make milk their franchises but everyone does something different and takes some what of a risk These devs know most gamers what their game like they like their TV dumb with a lot of action. I seen nothing but shooter after shooter. Was it any beat em up type games
Look guys, we need a female lesbian half black half native american autistic in a wheelchair hero.
Everyone here is an idiot except for Dan_Scruggs
"Gender became an explosive issue this E3" So explosive that I must've had my memory wiped of the reason why it has been so explosive!/s Just a heads up to the author of his. If your going to take yourself seriously on a subject like this, please provide links to what your talking about and not try to generate your own controversy. I sympathize with this issue more than most, however I hate click-bait articles and would prefer not to contribute to the degrading quality of journalism in this industry.
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