Yes, I am an adult female gamer — a growing crowd over the last several years. I have been gaming since I was a little girl during the age of the ColecoVision and the Atari 2600. In a previous article titled “ The Evolution of a Female Gamer,” I shared my experiences as the gaming industry progressed, mainly playing online during the early days of Xbox Live. There is an area of gaming that has drawn the attention of the female gamer that I touched on a bit in that article: female lead characters.
The Evolution of a Female Gamer
From ColecoVision to PS4, girl gamers were once rare and often consider weird, but that didn’t stop us from playing…
I never really minded playing as a male character. It did not affect how I viewed myself and never made me feel that women could not be heroes. I have no doubt this was partly because I grew up watching re-runs of Wonder Woman with Lynda Carter, who, although she was scantily dressed, showed that women can be strong and save the day. Years later, Xena: Warrior Princess would show us the same, but the world was already changing to accept more women in leadership roles when Xena came around.
In the gaming world, the increase in female gamers created a shift in characters until we finally had the option to play as a male or female lead. Some of the early characters left much to be desired in a female protagonist. However, these early characters made room for growth in the industry. Eventually, they would lead us to Aloy, a female protagonist who I consider to be one of the best female leading characters we have seen in a video game so far.
Female Leads in Games
One of the first female protagonists that always comes to my mind is Lara Croft. I honestly never cared for her or the Tomb Raider series in general. The games were not my style, and Lara was not a character to which I could relate. I didn’t care for exploring tombs or wandering through jungles, and it was clear that many gamers back then liked her simply for her breast size, which was unrealistic and ridiculous.
Over time, we got to see the evolution of female leads in games. Personally, I prefer when a game gives me the…