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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The loveable lunatic with the foul mouth and the iconic laugh, Laughingman is the founder of CCS. With more coffee than copper in his bloodstream, he's a full-time website developer by day, and a gamer, editor, and fiction writer by night.

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One Comment on “What Women Want in Video Games: A Gamer Girl Roundtable Discussion

  1. I absolutely loathe the Zelda example every time someone brings it up to prove the “damsel in distress” nonsense…
    First, she’s royalty. There is no better target to kidnap than a princess to blackmail a King.
    And just look at the different incarnations:
    OoT: She escaped on her own, disguised herself as a Shiekah and guided Link throughout the game.
    TP: She refused to leave her people behind in the isolated castle town and instead contacted outside help.
    WW: She’s a pirate and and basically the only reason you stood a chance in your final battle…
    Or the most resent BotW? All heroes died, including Link. Zelda? She kept Ganon in check for 100 years so you (as Link) could get your sorry butt in shape to do the job you were supposed to 100 years ago.
    That woman held a fiend in a strangle hold who wiped out a specially trained team of heroes with their giant mechs.

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