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VGW Opinion: Where have all the strong females gone?

VGW's Jen Bosier says: "As of late, there has been an emergence of what I call “Brittany Spears Feminism.” This is the idea that states “I dress like a stripper because I’m empowered!” Because of this, there is now a turn to justify latex costumes and triple-D bust lines by claiming they are empowering, or "strong female characters." Now is the time to make a very important point: wielding a giant sword, and reminding all the chauvinistic males in the game that the character is a woman, and will totally kick some dude’s ass, does not a strong female make."

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RIPSKATEDESTROY4803d ago

duh, in the kitchen making sammiches!!

FourthMonkey4803d ago

Can't imagine kickin' butt when you can't even see your feet, or the unbearable neck and back pain from just having jugs like that.

sarabbc4803d ago

A very informative article, nice job

MidnytRain4803d ago

I'm surprised the author mentioned nothing of the Tomb Raider reboot. I figured that that was the inspiration for the article.

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Kakihara4803d ago

I think this article overdoes it a bit. Complaining that Chloe from Uncharted 2 is a stereotype used to show just how fickle and manipulative women are, then what about Elena? What about the uh, the British fella?? Complaining that Jack from Mass effect is a stereotype that spouts 'tough girl' cliches as if all the male characters in that franchise aren't ridiculous cliche spouting stereotypes.

Forgetting about Faith from Mirror's edge and Chell from Portal because they work against the case being made. Complaining that the super strength of the main character from Heavenly sword is unrealistic as if anything in that game was at all realistic.

I'm all for equality in all things but it's this kind of biased reactionary writing that leaves us unable to have a black criminal character or a wicked sexually manipulative female character in anything for fear of being accused of portraying all people of the same gender or race as being just like that. Ironically ignoring the fact that the creators of these characters were intending them to be judged as individuals and not as representatives of anyone else who happens to share the same skin colour or fun bits.

Xander-RKoS4803d ago

Chell is a different archetype all together though. I agree with what you're saying, but I think that one idea that people seem to have a hard time grasping is that difference between a character and an avatar.

Chell is not a character in the strict sense. She has a bit of a backstory but that's it. She has no personality and really doesn't have any thoughts and motivations separate from the player. Chell is a shell for the player to manipulate and even though she is referred to as a "she" and "her" throughout the game, she is meant to be completely gender neutral. Hell, the reason Chell is even in Portal 2 is because when testers were playing as a new character, they said it didn't feel right for GlaDOS to not refer to the player as the same person.

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10 PS2 Games That Have Aged Incredibly Well

Cultured Vultures: We’ve rounded up the most well-aged PS2 games out there, just in case you’ve been meaning to revisit some childhood memories, or even if you’re checking out the PlayStation 2 for the very first time.

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TGG_overlord2d ago

I agree, I like SH3 the most though.

Cacabunga6h ago

Auto Modellista will always be one of my favorite racers of all time..

gold_drake2d ago

id throw haunting ground into the mix. it still looks fantastic.

but i still dont quite understand why we never got a dragon quest 8 remaster for ps4. even the damn 3ds got one.

OtterX13h ago

I'd add Rogue Galaxy, Shadow of the Colossus.

Scissorman12h ago

Silent Hill 3 was straight up sorcery. It has better hair animation than most modern games, which is wild to me.

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Resident Evil Fan Film Adapts Iconic "Itchy Tasty" Diary

A fan-made Resident Evil short film has been released, and it tells the story of one of the original game's most terrifying and iconic diary entries.

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TiredGamer22d ago

Fantastic homage to a memorable part of the original. The authenticity to the source material is outstanding and blows away all of the pathetic Hollywood adaptations that we've had to endure as fans. The addition of Chris Redfield's original actor AND (separate) voice actor is fantastic! Heck, even the CGI was pretty good given the total budget of $55k to make this.

Babadook721d ago (Edited 21d ago )

Yeah this seemed so much more like cannon to me. I’d watch more of it if / when it’s available.

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The OG Resident Evil just hit GOG, with Resident Evil 2 and 3 joining "soon"

Thank GOG for that!

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