What Women Want in Video Games: A Gamer Girl Roundtable Discussion
What Do Women Want in Video Games? We’re not talking about what the authoritarian feminists at Feminist Frequency, Jezebel, or The Mary Sue want. No. What do actual, average women want to see in video game female characters, and even in the male characters? What about the sexualization of female characters in video games, which are often compared to hyper-masculine male characters under the dichotomy of “object vs subject”, and “power fantasy vs objectification”?
Taking inspiration from the phenomenally entertaining and enlightening last segment of our most recent Wild Cards (“Indefinity Whores”), Nat is joined by several of our Patreon fans (most of which are females and gamer girls), to propose those very questions. Who do they believe are the best examples of female characters in video games, and why? What do they think of the feminist critiques of various classic female characters like Princess Zelda, Laura Croft, Samus, and the female cast of the Resident Evil series? Do average women like some male eye-candy in their games as much as men like sexy female characters? Why can’t feminists agree on what they want in female characters in video games? Why have radical feminists and pop-culture critics made it taboo to write a female video game character with flaws, and instead seem to push developers and writers to only depict”strong, independent women that don’t need no man”?
And the most pressing question of all:
Where is LaughingMan?
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