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The week has only just begun and there's plenty of sales going on, with even more coming up. Let's have a little look. First up, Humble Store is doing a Female Protagonist Sale celebrating various heroines across multiple genres.

Here's some of the highlights of what you can find for Linux:

See the whole sale here.

As for Steam, the upcoming sale dates have been leaked once again:

  • Halloween Sale: October 28 - November 1
  • Autumn Sale: November 26 - December 3
  • Winter Sale: December 19 - January 2
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Eike 23 October 2019 at 8:17 am UTC
KimyrielleHeh, there certainly have been some debates about that issue. Apparently it didn't help all that much. Tomb Raider existed before 2014, and that's still the only truly major franchise featuring a female lead I am aware of. Other than that, there have been some rare one-hit-wonder gems like Life is Strange (it's successor-by-name-only features boy characters, so I don't count that as a female-lead franchise), Horizon or Hellblade, but in the end, video games are still largely made by men for men.

And to be honest, when Lara Croft was new, she was famous (even among non-gamers AFAIR) for their huge secondary sexual characteristics. Not sure if this was a good example for non-sexist games (back then).
ageres 23 October 2019 at 10:08 am UTC
KimyrielleTomb Raider existed before 2014, and that's still the only truly major franchise featuring a female lead I am aware of.
There are Metroid, Bayonetta, Shantae, Beyond Good & Evil, BloodRayne, Perfect Dark, No One Lives Forever, Portal, Parasite Eve, Dino Crisis, Fatal Frame, The Longest Journey, Syberia... Not series but still big games like Alien: Isolation or Control. Also, if a game has several characters to choose from or create-a-character feature, it always has females. I'd say, people who for some reason play as women only have a lot of games to play.
SirLootALot 23 October 2019 at 12:00 pm UTC
KimyrielleApparently somebody cares. If not, you'd expect protagonist gender being picked randomly and thus the distribution between male and female leads should be 50/50 - but with the overwhelming majority of all games using male protagonists, you can't really argue it's random. The question is really why in 2019 it apparently still matters enough to systemically prefer male over female characters...

I am not arguing the spread of lead roles is determined by random picking nor am I arguing it should be. It is the Writers and designers creative freedom to choose whatever they deem fits. I would however explain the male/female spread with historic military- or otherwise male dominated scenarios rather than a conspiratorial systematic agenda to keep women out of videogames.
Anyway the point I was trying to make is: Gender does not matter.
Jarno 23 October 2019 at 12:26 pm UTC
Kimyrielle
SirLootALotWho actually cares about the gender of a lead protagonist?

Apparently somebody cares.

I care.
I like to watch nice boobs/bums as an eye-candy during gameplay and for the same reason I want there to be aesthetic and muscular male character for those who want that kind of eye-candy.
Theres also things what makes one character fit in specific role better than others, like playing muscular and powerful male orc as a tank over undead female.


In games where I'm unable to create character with specified gender, I'm totally fine when that gender and other things fit in role what they are in.
That said, I personally wouldn't buy next Hitman if it came only female protagonist as I woulnd't buy next Tomb Raider with a male only playable character.
Dedale 23 October 2019 at 4:11 pm UTC
I had females protagonists on my C64 (Summer games, Giana sisters...) so it isn't new. What is new is nonsensical political discussions about it.

Plus, there are -I think- more women gamers now so there are more games marketed for them. Well endowed protagonists aren't new either. No, not well endowed that way ! But the men were often muscular and overly heroic go figure.

I am not offended or what, just amused.
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