After playing through Bioshock 3 I got the same feeling I got in Walking Dead, I felt designers choose cute or lovely female characters to be the ones in distress because there seems that there'd be no sympathy for a male character in that situation or an unattractive woman. Let’s imagine Clementine and Duck from the Walking Dead game switched roles would that effect the narrative would we feel for a 12 year old boy the way we would n 8 year old girl? If Liz of Bioshock where a guy would the need to protect him be there even if his personality was the same? What if Liz was “fat” or homely or even kind of butch looking would our feelings for the character change?
Do you feel that this feeling is due to the expendability of men in action entertainment, most mooks are gonna be guys who get gunned down at random and if anyone is going to make the heroic or idiotic sacrifice it's generally gonna be a guy. The latest Tomb Raider feature only male enemies and all but one male characters die is it wrong to feel weird about that? Could this all be a remnant of the "save the women and children" days? I should clarify I'm not trying to be a troll or be the person who makes an issue where one doesn't exist and I hope I'm not coming across that way. I'm really just curious on this topic.