Has anyone else noticed that the game industry seems to come across as sexist? I know this is old news, and well aware of the inherent sexism, but it wasn't until recently in this gen when female characters such as Bayonetta started to become wildly popular. Despite this, last gen had also seen the rise of female characters in video games with titles such as Metroid Prime and Beyond Good and Evil. However, even with those titles, there was a surprising lack of female faces as main characters in the industry.
I guess this rant is dedicated to those people who like me, are frustrated with the lack of female characters as main protagonists in video games. It would be very awesome to see more Bayonettas taking out hordes of demons and such. I also have a problem with the lack of female main characters in first person shooters other than Borderlands and Metroid Prime, which is a real shame. Women could have a real impact in the FPS genre. I guess the gender exclusiveness of the FPS genre is why women tend to play more casual games.
The number of women reporting that they play hardcore games is only starting to increase. It's not a dramatic increase, but it's noticeable. For example, whenever I log on to play BlazBlue: Conitinuum Shift, I am utterly shocked when I find a female opponent willing to talk on the microphone, thus revealing the fact that she is a woman. It's shocking because half of the players I faced were hateful and sometimes brutal guys talking shit in their mics like nobody's business. I'd be willing to bet, if the industry could gear itself to prepare more women to discover hardcore gaming, the number of women playing male-oriented hardcore games would steadily increase, and the number of women wanting to study game design would also increase. THIS is something I would love to see.
I don't want the hardcore gaming scene to be only limited to men. Let's give more of that power to women as well. Make more relatable and likeable female protagonists that aren't constantly flashing their panties and making sexual poses whenever they fight. Sure, Bayonetta is appealing to both men and women (men because she's sexy, and women because Bayonetta knows that she's a woman and is daring enough to flaunt that fact and is more than secure with herself), but most critics would rate her as being a sexist game character, who was created by misogynist male game developers, who only wanted to make a female character they could fap to.
So in the end, what I want is more empowering female characters. Let's not make the industry gender exclusive one way or the other, let's make video games a medium both men and women can enjoy. More female characters in almost male-exclusive territory, and less sexist depictions of women in games. If you're going to have a scantily clad female character, please make a decent and well-written context for why that is.
Thank you for taking the time to read my complaint.