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Female protagonists in games were first implemented to try and get young girls into arcade gaming, as it was obvious that the majority in arcades were boys. The first game to include a female protagonist was Ms. Pac-Man, which successfully brought in a large female fanbase for the Pac-Man franchise and arcade gaming in general during the 1980s.

The major controversy with female protagonists is that they are being invented by male game developers most of the time, and are leading an impossible example for young girls, such as Lara Croft of Tomb Raider, one of the benchmark games for female protagonists.

Landmark Female Protagonists

1981

  • Lady Bug: Making her first appearance in October 1981, Lady Bug was the earliest known female protagonist in a video game.
  • Ms. Pac-Man: Generally accepted as the first famous female protagonist in the video game industry, she first appeared in the arcade game of the same name in December 1981 as the titular character, launching her own sub-series of the Pac-Man franchise.

1982

  • Kangaroo: A mother kangaroo searching for her kidnapped baby, she was the first mother character, or parental character in general, in a video game.

1984

  • Papri: The protagonist of Girl's Garden, she is one of the first human female protagonists in a video game. While she has a boyfriend, she is the one who does all the action in the game.

1985

1986

1987

  • Alis Landale: The protagonist of the original Phantasy Star, she was the first female protagonist in a console role-playing game.

1994

1996

  • Lara Croft: The star of the Tomb Raider franchise, the character was popular enough to spawn a long series of games and two feature films. An often controversial figure due to her sensational sex appeal, she is often cited as an empowering figure for female gamers - compared to the likes of Wonder Woman.

External links

Unsung Heroines: Three Pioneers of Gaming's Early Days

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