Well, this isn’t something new, and it isn’t a current headline, but it is an ongoing news issue, so i thought it deserved the “Opinion on…” category. My view on sexual equality in gaming is that the gaming industry is male orientated and that we still have a long way to go. We’ve had the stereotypical “girl games” for too long, like cooking mama, Super Princess Peach and the iconic Mrs Pacman which is only on this list because Pacman was the original attempt at a unisex game which Mrs Pacman only went and ruined.
Only, recently, i have come to feel things have been getting better. Now, i’m not saying where there yet… no where close. There planning the release of a new Tomb Raider and as long as Laura Croft is still used as a sex symbol in this type of game, we are defiantly not seeing sexual equality. The same was seen in the recent Lolly-pop Chainsaw, a very good game, but they overplayed the stereotypical sex crazed stupid cheerleader angle far too much.
Anyway, back to things getting better. In advertising I’ve seen it’s shown girls gaming a lot more. One particular showed a girl who was selecting to play Halo on her laptop. Another thing is the representation of girls in games. I know what i just said about Laura Croft, but characters like Catwoman in Batman: Arkham City and Helena Harper in Resident Evil 6 are what i feel are good playable characters for girls. Yes, there both in games aimed at guy’s, one in Batman and the other in an Apocalypse horror game, but there strong, independent, intelligent women capable of handling difficult situations, making tough choices and accepting responsibility for there actions. They don’t overuse there femininity, or act sexually to gain what they want. I know i may be a guy, but in my opinion, these are good female role models in games.
The gaming industry is starting to change it’s ways. FPS’s are still pretty much testosterone orientated, except for Portal and Portal 2 which not only is a series of very funny games to be enjoyed by all but all so feature a female silent protagonist and a female villainous robot, which makes for some very funny bitchy moments.Still, RPG’s are see a refit this year (apparently) to become more sexually equal and appealing to girls.
Still this is only my opinion. What do you think?…
That Other Guy