Infinity Ward released the multiplayer trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Now, this excites for me for many reasons. The game play looks awesome, it has a new Eminem track(not gaming related.) Everything has been revamped. Classes, weapons, Maps, the whole deal. Ultimately, the greatest change is the character customization that allows for full control, And female soldiers. That’s right Ladies, you are represented in the game fully. This lead me to think and write. In a market that is split nearly evenly. As of this year Women gamers equal 45% of the total market and growing. Meanwhile crushing the amount of gamers that are 17 and younger, 31% to 19%. So in a market split and a game that had 2 top ten sellers in 2012. why did it take so long to implement women into it and is it really enough. I asked some lady gamers.
JooBlee: “I started playing FPS games back in 2003 with the release of Counterstrike for Half-Life. I’ve always played a male character in these games and honestly, never thought about the gender discrimination. (Bad feminist!) When developing these games, companies look at the statistics of the players and how our own military is run for accuracy in the story. Gamers have always statistically, on paper, been male. Soldiers in combat are male. (Though that will change within the next few years.)
Generally, I think, there are several reasons why women have never been added before. No one saw us as a target audience. Then there is the possible scrutiny of using a woman avatar in-game, the unwanted attention female players might receive, and technically speaking, according to Activision, a woman avatar required a whole new set of animations. (That, I find to be the half-assed response.)
However, with the more advanced character creation, why not add females in? I mean, women gamers aren’t seen as a myth anymore and women in combat is a reality. And if you really think about it, if you’re going to animate a dog to the fullest extent, maybe throw us a “bone” (that works on so many levels) and allow me to play my own sex when I’m shooting strangers in the face over the internet. “
Chick_Chris: “I love CoD. I don’t actually consider myself a “gamer” by any stretch of the imagination, but I do enjoy playing first-person shooters (and only first-person shooters) on my xbox. And, since I’m a female, I guess that makes me a “girl gamer” by default. I can handle that. Since Chachi – the venerable gamer and blogger that he is – asked for my opinion on the fact thatCoD: Ghosts will allow players to assume the role of a female soldier, I’m here to provide my two cents.
I, for one, am thrilled. One of the things I enjoy about the games is the amount of realism they possess: the weapons are accurate in appearance, attention was clearly dedicated to the scenery/clothing/language, and things blow up when you fire an RPG at them. Sure, there’s a degree of fantasy involved, but it’s obvious that the creators have worked to make the gameplay as realistic as possible. And when considering the important role played by females in combat today, it is a logical inclusion in the game — particularly when you consider that the U.S. military recently lifted the ban on women in traditional combat jobs.
Some have argued that using a female avatar will make the gamer a target of insults or abuse. I submit to you that everyone who takes part in multiplayer videogaming has, at some point, been insulted or abused. I have been insulted (and hit on, and befriended) on xbox live simply because my gamertag (chick chris) reveals my gender. Others are degraded because of their skill level (whether high or low), perceived race, hometown, clan, favorite sports team, choice of weapon, choice of secondary weapon, a lucky shot, or a stupid move that led to a stupid death. Point being, introducing female soldiers will likely not increase abuse. But it probably will make a sizeable percentage of players happy that there is another degree of realism in the game. And I’ll be one of them. Because if I’m able to assume the role of an exploding robot car or attack dog, why shouldn’t I be able to become a female soldier? “
Kat: “Thoughts: As a person who hasn’t played a lot of Call of Duty, I am surprised there wasn’t a prior option to play as a female character in multiplayer. It is definitely a step in the right direction. Females do play video games and believe it or not, some of us like to play as female characters. “
So from the comments it’s a step in the right direction but isn’t necessarily enough. I agree, if you think about gaming women have been severely underrepresented in gaming since the beginning. In the history of gaming here is a list of women portrayed in positive manners.
- Ms Pac-Man
- Samus Aran
- Joanna Dark
- Jill Valentine
- Claire Redfield
- Princess Zelda/Shiek
Positively Portrayed Characters
- Chell from the Portal series
- Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII
- Jade from Beyond Good and Evil
- Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2
- Lucca from Chrono Trigger
- Samus Aran
- Claudia from Legend Of Fae
Female Options for Lead Characters in Role-Playing Games
- Female Commander Shepard from Mass Effect series
- Female Hawke from Dragon Age II
- Female option of elven, human or dwarven background from Dragon Age: Origins
- Female option of every race in the five-part Elder Scrolls series
- Female option of main character from Fallout 3
- Female option for Pokemon games after 1999
- Female option for Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns
- Ellie co-protagonist from The Last Of Us
- Female option in Fable III
For decades of video games that’s a short list. It’s definitely time for a change in an industry that is split down the middle. What are your thoughts? Too little too late? Step in the right direction? Let us know in the comments below!