A positive female character is a character that never has anything bad happen to her, because the instant the part of the story comes that shows the character down on their luck and on the brink, the developer will be decried as a rape culture apologist, fired, and run out of town on a rail.
This has literally never happened. Ironically, by acting like it does you become one of those people who accidentally support rape culture by making it seem normal. I don't mean to single you out as this is a common thing in gaming culture but I just wanted to bring to light what a large part of the issue is. Casually being one step removed from an oppressive culture while painting the minority as the aggressor actually further supports oppression of the minority. Not all humor about minorities is bad, and there is a way you can make jokes that open dialog; this is not it.
51% of the world population is a minority now.
And yes, it has happened. Remember Tomb Raider? No? Remember that guy who made an off-handed comment like, three days ago, about a "girlfriend mode" in Borderlands 2?
Because last time I checked all of gaming "journalism", including Patrick, was calling for his head on a pike because of a photoshopped picture of Black Ops' difficulty selection screen.
In the gaming community? Yes, they're the minority. When we're talking about our culture's outlook on things we have to keep in mind that our culture consists of ...just our culture. Women are the minority in the gaming community for a reason, and you're a shining example of that reason.
You're slightly misrepresenting these 2. Tomb Raider's advertising was a failure for many reasons. The general backlash was consumer wide and not just feminist outcry, I don't think feminists have enough power to warp the entire insight of gaming journalism in the way you're suggesting. If someone was fired it's because they failed at their job. The "girlfriend mode" in Borderlands 2 was a comment made by John Hemingway, the game's lead designer. To be more specific he said " I want to make, for the lack of a better term, the girlfriend skill tree. This is, I love Borderlands and I want to share it with someone, but they suck at first-person shooters. Can we make a skill tree that actually allows them to understand the game and to play the game?" which implies that females are inherently bad at first person shooters. Why else would he mention gender at all? That is horribly sexist, and if the majority of gamers can't detect that, there is seriously an issue with gaming culture. When the people designing our games are the ones making comments like that it's pretty damn bad.
No comment on the black ops photoshop, I know nothing about it.