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Games of 2011 Analysis — How many even had women in them?

Piki Geek writes: It’s a little late to write an article that reflects back on the games of 2011, but for this Saucy Saturday article it’s what I plan to do. I’m sure some of you have heard of the Bechdel Test, the three criteria that determine the “feminine-friendliness” of (usually) a film. These three criteria are as follows:

1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

But this isn’t a film site, so I’m adjusting the Bechdel Test to apply to that medium we love best: video games. For ease of application, the only thing I’m modifying is #1: It has to have at least two [named] women in it. Because many NPCs are named in video games, I’m chancing it to having at least two named women who are actually a part of the narrative. That is to say, they actually do something within the game, rather than just act as an NPC that gives you a side-quest.

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Smashbro292413d ago

Who. The fuck. Cares?!

Demanding inclusion is not equality, being chosen regardless of gender is! Now why aren't there any interesting females? Oh wait! There are! It's more the industry being all about military crap and only recently did women start participating in the military.

Tameel12413d ago

Obviously a lot of people care because these articles are posted all the time. It's OK if you yourself don't care, but don't pretend that gamers as a whole aren't interested in improving our hobby.

And what's wrong with asking to be included in things? If nobody asked for equality, then equality would have never been given to women, black people, or other non-white races. The same goes for games. If nobody asked "hey where are the female characters?" or "hey where are the non-white characters?" then would anybody even notice?

If that list is indeed true, then it's pretty crappy that we are living in the 21st Century and there are still only about 20 games with more than one decent female character in it. That isn't being equal. That isn't being inclusive. And IMO that isn't something we should just ignore.

It's not just an issue of equality. It's an issue of laziness and boring stereotypical characters. The world is filled with so many varied people of different genders, races, cultures, and personalities. So why do so many games fall into the trap of only starring handsome, white, 30-something males?

ShaunCameron2413d ago

<And what's wrong with asking to be included in things? If nobody asked for equality, then equality would have never been given to women, black people, or other non-white races. The same goes for games. If nobody asked "hey where are the female characters?" or "hey where are the non-white characters?" then would anybody even notice?>

Why should they be included? Why can't they pool up their resources and make their own games like the people they're "asking" for inclusion from?

As for anyone noticing the lack of female and/or non-White lead characters, a lot of non-Whites do not really care about video games enough to notice it. And the ones that do do not expect to have much representation acknowledging that it is a White/Asian male-dominated industry. Besides how many non-Whites/Asians work in the video game industry anyway? Women on the other hand are a different story.

BuffMordecai2413d ago

Who the fuck cares is right. There are plenty of games with women in them, also many where woman are the lead characters. These articles are pointless, just like the "I'm a girl and play games" articles, everybody plays games, young, old, men and women, you're not special.

hazelamy2413d ago

who cares?

you two obviously did enough to badmouth the article.

not threatened are you?

you guys are welcome to write your own article about how many games featured A: at least two guys who B: look like they abuse steroids daily while C: shooting stuff with ridiculously oversized guns.

but that'd be a pretty long article.

maybe it'd bother you if almost every guy in games had to wear just a pair of speedos no matter what they were doing.

that'd be equality.

anyway, on to the article.

i don't know if portal 2 qualifies, technically Chell never actually speaks.

and i never got to see catwoman and ivy speak, because i refused to buy a game new that chopped out content to punish preowned buyers.

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