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@Shrimpy: On Alex Vance, that is my personal opinion of the character. But my point was to point out, that from a feminist perspective, it is very easy to pull apart what could be considered the paragons of female video game characters. Video game characters generally don't hold up to much critical scrutiny. I appreciate that many may not object to these characters, but there are those that do object, and it is easy to take that opinion.
@chaosnovaxz: Not entirely sure of your question. But on character quality and any imbalances therein, the production of equal numbers of games with male and female characters in varying roles but of similar quality would be the ideal. It is a pipe dream, because of rigid gender identity and because capitalism tends towards imbalanced exploitation.
@Shrimpy: It's easy to complain about characters like Alex Vance, she idolises Gorden Freeman, the supersmart nerd wishfulfilment non-character, which undermines what worthwhile character Alex has. Even GLaDOS was ultimately in the thrall of a man. These are not robust, non-patriarchal female characters.
@SirGregoryEdmunson: This is a good point. It does fall into the 'people get angry about female characters being done badly, but don't about bad male characters' situation. I would say it is an issue which feminists would be wise to consider, as the issue of sexism and equality only goes away once it becomes a non-issue, not when people cater art/entertainment to fit PC criteria.
In terms of games, Survival Horror is probably the genre most comfortable with female protagonists. I would also say the abundance of custom character stuff is a good thing.
@ashenozzie: Why, do you live in world where sexism doesn't exist?
- Mirror's Edge really didn't do much for me from a story perspective. Faith's character design seems obnoxiously and exploitatively tokenistic.
- I'm not a fan on the falling on his sword routine, that dominates Patrick's coverage of this issue. He has a point, but I believe that sexism issues can be resolved with everyone's dignity in tact.
- I hope that we can still enjoy the lurid excesses of video games that we enjoy today once the feminist revolution is over. I appreciate it is one of the most damaging institutions to their cause, but I am not a fan of the no-fun, entertainment should be wholly moral brigade.
Still remains to be seen whether moe, moe 'you want to protect her' Lara will be worth a damn.
Mirror's Edge wasn't bad, but everything about the story was quite bland. I'm not automatically sold on Pratchett Jr. as a writer.