Rogan owes you an American McGee's Alice: Madness Returns post, but the first post spurred a conversation about women and girls in games that I felt deserved its own post.
There is this absurd idea that women have never had any significant part in video games, except as eye-candy for the always-male player. Obviously this is nonsense or they would know and worship the great names of Roberta Williams
and Kim Swift
, but I digress. In light of the misconception, we're listing games where you can play (A) a female character, who (B) has her own plot arc, and (C) isn't sexualized. Because non-sexualized female characters are not new. In fact, they've been in games since the very beginning, games that were popular, well-designed, and critically acclaimed, and I've tired of obnoxious trolls claiming otherwise.
If you'd like any more information about any of these games, ask us; we own/ed or play/ed most of them. Alternately, tell us more games so we can add to this list! We haven't gamed much since 2000, so we're out of date!
The list so far, in chronological order:
- Below the Root (1984)
- hack103 (1985)
- Metroid (1986)
- King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella (1988)
- Laura Bow: The Colonel's Bequest (1989)
- Laura Bow: The Dagger of Amon Ra (1992)
- Unlimited Adventures (1993)
- Day of the Tentacle (1993)
- Realmz (1994)
- King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride (1994)
- Exile I: Escape From the Pit (1995)
- Exile II: Crystal Souls (1996)
- Jet Moto 2 (1997)
- Exile III: Ruined World (1997)
- Blades of Exile (1997)
- Crash Team Racing (Coco Bandicoot) (1999)
- American McGee's Alice (Alice) (2000)
- Portal (2007)
- Mirror's Edge (2007)
- Portal 2 (2011)
- American McGee's Alice: Madness Returns (2011)
- Beyond Good an Evil (2011)
Interestingly enough, of the eleven games we ourselves knew, three are games without real villains (you race against other people, or time, or the villain's gender is unstated), four have female villains, and three have male villains. (Laura Bow, we don't know who the true villains are yet; don't spoil us!) It's not only a much more balanced gender in player, but in villain as well.
What about you? Can you add to the list?