Female character to make waves in games world

Female character to make waves in games world

Female character to make waves in games world

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A GAMES developer is poised to make waves by redressing the industry’s longstanding gender imbalance.

RedBedlam, based in Brighton, has revealed new character Athena, a gamer and sci-fi fan working at a medical scanning firm who finds herself transported into a 1990s first person ‘shoot-em-up’ from her teenage years.

Bedlam is adapted from a novel by Christopher Brookmyre but switches to a female lead for a fresh perspective on the ‘gameverse’.

Nick Witcher, marketing director at RedBedlam, said: “Choosing a strong, independent and modern female lead for this role not only means that we can help to address the woeful diversity situation amongst video game protagonists, but it also allows us to make the most of Christopher Brookmyre’s writing by drawing upon his acclaimed reputation for creating compelling female characters.”

Mr Brookmyre said: “The average first person shooter protagonist is a testosterone-addled sociopath with all the endearing charm of a cornered honey badger.

“Players of both sexes will identify with Athena, because first and foremost she is a gamer herself.”

Research by Entertainment Software Association has revealed that nearly half of gamers are women.

Bedlam will be made available for download on the Steam platform this summer.

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12:47pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Cave Johnson says...

Nonsense. There are of course a wealth of female game characters. take Chell or Lara Croft for example. Secondly, this is just a blatant attempt by male game designers trying to boost sales by supposedly redressing an imagined gender bias.
Nonsense. There are of course a wealth of female game characters. take Chell or Lara Croft for example. Secondly, this is just a blatant attempt by male game designers trying to boost sales by supposedly redressing an imagined gender bias. Cave Johnson
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1:34pm Tue 17 Jun 14

brightonian1981 says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
Nonsense. There are of course a wealth of female game characters. take Chell or Lara Croft for example. Secondly, this is just a blatant attempt by male game designers trying to boost sales by supposedly redressing an imagined gender bias.
Sorry but you've no idea what you're talking about. Although there is a slow shift in the industry, it's simply not true that there is "a wealth of female characters". And if any example of female characters in video games includes one which is 14 years old, you're off to a losing start. You wouldn't have to go that far back in time to name an iconic male protagonist from video games.
Take a look at some of the top grossing games from last year and which ones include playable female characters:
Grand Theft Auto V - 3 lead characters, all Male. Most females in this game are the worst stereotypes.
Battlefield 4 - No playable female characters in either single or multiplayer.
Call Of Duty Ghosts - Some progress as this was the first Call of Duty game to include a playable female character!
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag - No playable female characters.
FIFA 14 and 13 - neither included women's leagues.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Does include some playable female characters although the vast majority are male.
The Last Of Us - Two lead characters, one is a young teenage girl.
Batman: Arkham Origins - It's Batman.
Call Of Duty Black Ops II - All male.
Tomb Raider - Yup.
Far Cry 3 - All male.
BioShock Infinite - Lead character was male afaik.
Killzone: Shadow Fall - Male.

Those are some of the biggest selling games of last year - 13 there, only one of which has a clear lead female protagonist, and 3 include women as playable. That's pretty poor if you ask me.
Representation of women in games is still severely lacking - this is a know issue which many people in the industry are passionate about fixing. So yes, good on RedBedlam - we need more of this.
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: Nonsense. There are of course a wealth of female game characters. take Chell or Lara Croft for example. Secondly, this is just a blatant attempt by male game designers trying to boost sales by supposedly redressing an imagined gender bias.[/p][/quote]Sorry but you've no idea what you're talking about. Although there is a slow shift in the industry, it's simply not true that there is "a wealth of female characters". And if any example of female characters in video games includes one which is 14 years old, you're off to a losing start. You wouldn't have to go that far back in time to name an iconic male protagonist from video games. Take a look at some of the top grossing games from last year and which ones include playable female characters: Grand Theft Auto V - 3 lead characters, all Male. Most females in this game are the worst stereotypes. Battlefield 4 - No playable female characters in either single or multiplayer. Call Of Duty Ghosts - Some progress as this was the first Call of Duty game to include a playable female character! Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag - No playable female characters. FIFA 14 and 13 - neither included women's leagues. Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Does include some playable female characters although the vast majority are male. The Last Of Us - Two lead characters, one is a young teenage girl. Batman: Arkham Origins - It's Batman. Call Of Duty Black Ops II - All male. Tomb Raider - Yup. Far Cry 3 - All male. BioShock Infinite - Lead character was male afaik. Killzone: Shadow Fall - Male. Those are some of the biggest selling games of last year - 13 there, only one of which has a clear lead female protagonist, and 3 include women as playable. That's pretty poor if you ask me. Representation of women in games is still severely lacking - this is a know issue which many people in the industry are passionate about fixing. So yes, good on RedBedlam - we need more of this. brightonian1981
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2:08pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

Has anyone actually read the book? Because there are two strong female characters, not to mention a wonderful Blakes 7 reference
Has anyone actually read the book? Because there are two strong female characters, not to mention a wonderful Blakes 7 reference Goldenwight
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10:42am Wed 18 Jun 14

Cave Johnson says...

brightonian1981 wrote:
Cave Johnson wrote: Nonsense. There are of course a wealth of female game characters. take Chell or Lara Croft for example. Secondly, this is just a blatant attempt by male game designers trying to boost sales by supposedly redressing an imagined gender bias.
Sorry but you've no idea what you're talking about. Although there is a slow shift in the industry, it's simply not true that there is "a wealth of female characters". And if any example of female characters in video games includes one which is 14 years old, you're off to a losing start. You wouldn't have to go that far back in time to name an iconic male protagonist from video games. Take a look at some of the top grossing games from last year and which ones include playable female characters: Grand Theft Auto V - 3 lead characters, all Male. Most females in this game are the worst stereotypes. Battlefield 4 - No playable female characters in either single or multiplayer. Call Of Duty Ghosts - Some progress as this was the first Call of Duty game to include a playable female character! Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag - No playable female characters. FIFA 14 and 13 - neither included women's leagues. Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Does include some playable female characters although the vast majority are male. The Last Of Us - Two lead characters, one is a young teenage girl. Batman: Arkham Origins - It's Batman. Call Of Duty Black Ops II - All male. Tomb Raider - Yup. Far Cry 3 - All male. BioShock Infinite - Lead character was male afaik. Killzone: Shadow Fall - Male. Those are some of the biggest selling games of last year - 13 there, only one of which has a clear lead female protagonist, and 3 include women as playable. That's pretty poor if you ask me. Representation of women in games is still severely lacking - this is a know issue which many people in the industry are passionate about fixing. So yes, good on RedBedlam - we need more of this.
You completely missed the point that it is about MALE designers trying to include a female character to make some cash.
[quote][p][bold]brightonian1981[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: Nonsense. There are of course a wealth of female game characters. take Chell or Lara Croft for example. Secondly, this is just a blatant attempt by male game designers trying to boost sales by supposedly redressing an imagined gender bias.[/p][/quote]Sorry but you've no idea what you're talking about. Although there is a slow shift in the industry, it's simply not true that there is "a wealth of female characters". And if any example of female characters in video games includes one which is 14 years old, you're off to a losing start. You wouldn't have to go that far back in time to name an iconic male protagonist from video games. Take a look at some of the top grossing games from last year and which ones include playable female characters: Grand Theft Auto V - 3 lead characters, all Male. Most females in this game are the worst stereotypes. Battlefield 4 - No playable female characters in either single or multiplayer. Call Of Duty Ghosts - Some progress as this was the first Call of Duty game to include a playable female character! Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag - No playable female characters. FIFA 14 and 13 - neither included women's leagues. Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Does include some playable female characters although the vast majority are male. The Last Of Us - Two lead characters, one is a young teenage girl. Batman: Arkham Origins - It's Batman. Call Of Duty Black Ops II - All male. Tomb Raider - Yup. Far Cry 3 - All male. BioShock Infinite - Lead character was male afaik. Killzone: Shadow Fall - Male. Those are some of the biggest selling games of last year - 13 there, only one of which has a clear lead female protagonist, and 3 include women as playable. That's pretty poor if you ask me. Representation of women in games is still severely lacking - this is a know issue which many people in the industry are passionate about fixing. So yes, good on RedBedlam - we need more of this.[/p][/quote]You completely missed the point that it is about MALE designers trying to include a female character to make some cash. Cave Johnson
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