Screw that. Yes, it's better to never include female characters in games. No one will ever be happy with them. They are either too weak, too emotional, they get treated like dolls which is not ok, or they get beat up which is torture porn (I believe that was the phrase Patrick used). How do you win?
Shall we play a nice game of chess?
Seriously though, better yet, make the game you want to make, and everyone who has an issue with that can fuck off. I like games that feature female characters, and I'd rather not lose them to a bunch of whinny bloggers who enjoy looking down their noses at everyone else, believe their opinions of female representation to be objective truth, and live to show everyone else the error of their ways.
people like you will never be happy. By that I mean the type of person you represent. I am sure there is a way to include women in games which would make you, personally, very happy. But one of the other "yous" out there would rage against it.
It's hard to agree with a social movement that can't agree with itself, isn't it? In the end, you're taking an opinion you have, and holding another party responsible for your opinion.
I agree with you, really. Tomb Raider is was one of my favorite games to have been released recently and I too enjoy playing as female characters. I don't want female characters to go away, quite the opposite. The point I was making, as I think you understood, is that if you want to avoid criticism the only sure way is to avoid including women in your game. You might get the odd "why are there no female characters"-comment, but at the end of the day it is nothing compared to the shit storm that will happen if you try to create an important, female character.