Me too and to be brutally honestly, I've seen way more men do amazing parkour stuff than I have women; but whatever.
The only reason I said it to begin with is that I imagine nine times out of time that protagonist is made to be a male one, purely because it involves something vaguely physical. Is was nice that they made her a female protagonist, but it would have been even better if she was actually a well-rounded and interesting character. Baby steps, I guess.
And what it's worth, I'm a dude currently in college who still wants to get into the games industry, despite all of those stories.
Good to know there's someone out there in the same situation I am! I think you're right about developers choosing a male protagonist for physical situations, but while that choice does make sense on a fundamental level, I'd argue to those developers that that argument doesn't hold up now that we have so many women soldiers and women in other physically-based fields. But you're right, baby steps... Though really, character depth would've been nice.
It's kind of depressing when we're 'congratulating' a game for even doing the bare minimum of female representation in a game, but I guess you have to when you look at the rest of the games put out at the moment.
You know, it would be pretty awesome if there was a female protagonist in a Call of Duty game, or any modern FPS. I think they still keep the female soldiers away from the firefights as much as possible, I still don't think they're allowed to be infantry or Navy Seals or anything like that, so maybe they've got a ready-made excuse right there. But then it would be cool to play as a female soldier on a routine patrol, that turns into a fight or something like that. Might give those games a bit of much needed downtime too.
And yeah, I think we both need good luck to get into the games industry at the moment. I want to be a writer, which I've found almost impossible to get any kind of experience for. Especially when I'm suggesting such blasphemous thing as 'putting a female protagonist in a FPS'......
I think a female protagonist in an FPS would be really interesting and would definitely add an interesting spin on the tired FPS formula. I'm pretty sure you're right about women generally being kept away from the front lines, but I think that lends itself to an even more interesting premise, having a soldier who never even expected to see combat end up in the center of a major conflict and seeing how that soldier adapts to that situation.
I'm studying animation, so I've probably got it much easier than you do. But I hope you stick to your goal and make it someday- clearly, we need more people who would get behind such a blasphemous idea in the industry.