Video Game Heroines
In this article we do not pretend to discuss or touch upon the already difficult theme about gender representation in video gaming; but to portrait how women characters enter the Gaming world and how they have become an unavoidable part of the success of video gaming in general.
As usual the discreet feminine principle has infiltrated the digital or video gaming industry to prove themselves once more time as valuable part of the whole video games arena.
Why wouldn’t they be part of it anyway?
Women are partners of men with the same and full rights in the game plan of life and they will always be present.
Can you imagine a world without them? I don’t think so.
Today all we pretend is for you to choose who is your favorite Woman video gaming character?
Tell us who will you vote for or who do you think is the most voted Women gaming character?
Frankly they are more than dozen of them, we mainly focus on the most well known of all.
Give us your vote.
Video Game Heroines Cast Your vote Below
1: Jade is one of the most popular Video Game Heroines, a fictional character and the protagonist of the action-adventure video game Beyond Good & Evil.
She is a photo-journalist, and was created by Ubisoft developer Michel Ancel, with the goal of creating a character resembling a real person, rather than a “sexy action woman”.
In Beyond Good & Evil, she and her uncle Pey’j, a half-pig half-human, work together to both rescues orphans they were taking care of and expose governmental corruption.
Since appearing in Beyond Good & Evil, Jade has been met with a very positive reception and has been included on several lists of top female video game characters.
She has been compared to other such characters, including Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2.
2: The portrayal of men and women in video games, as in other media, is a subject of research in gender studies and is discussed in the context of sexism in video gaming.
Although women make up about half of video game players, they are significantly underrepresented as Video Game Heroines in mainstream games, despite the prominence of iconic heroines such as Samus Aran or Lara Croft.
The portrayal of women in games often reflects traditional gender roles, sexual objectification or negative stereotypes, such as that of the “damsel in distress”.
Male characters are often stereotypically depicted as big and muscular, and LGBT characters have been slow to appear in video games as a result of the heteronormativity of the medium.
Research indicates that how genders are portrayed in games can influence players’ perception of gender roles, and that young girls prefer to play a character of their own gender much more than boys do.
On average, female-led games sell fewer copies than male-led ones, but also have lower marketing budgets.
3: Samus Aran is another Video Game Heroines ( Hepburn: Samusu Aran) is the protagonist of the Metroid science fiction action-adventure game series by Nintendo.
She was introduced in the 1986 video game Metroid.
Samus Aran is an ex-soldier of the Galactic Federation who became a galactic bounty hunter, usually fitted with a powered exoskeleton that is equipped with weapons such as directed-energy weapons and missiles.
Throughout the series, she executes missions given to her by the Galactic Federation while hunting the antagonistic Space Pirates and their leader Ridley, along with the parasitic energy-draining organisms called Metroids.
Samus has appeared in every Metroid video game and has also been featured in media outside of the series, including in the Super Smash Bros. series and in the comic book version of Captain N: The Game Master.
She is well known as one of the earliest female protagonists in video game history and has remained a popular character over thirty years after her first appearance.
4: Lara Croft is the most famous of all Video Game Heroines; a fictional character and the main protagonist of the video game franchise Tomb Raider.
She is presented as a highly intelligent, athletic, and beautiful English archaeologist who ventures into ancient tombs and hazardous ruins around the world.
Created by a team at British developer Core Design that included Toby Gard, the character first appeared in the video game Tomb Raider in 1996.
Core Design handled initial development of the character and the series.
Inspired by Neneh Cherry and comic book character Tank Girl, Gard designed Lara Croft to counter stereotypical female characters.
The company modified the character for subsequent titles, which included graphical improvements and gameplay additions.
American developer Crystal Dynamics took over the series after the 2003 sequel Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness was received poorly.
The new developer rebooted the character along with the video game series. The company altered her physical proportions, and gave her additional ways of interacting with game environments.
Croft has been voiced by six actresses in the video game series: Shelley Blond (1996), Judith Gibbins (1997–98), Jonell Elliott (1999–2003), Keeley Hawes (2006–14), Camilla Luddington (2013–present), and Abigail Stahlschmidt (2015).
Lara Croft has further appeared in video game spin-offs, printed adaptations, a series of animated short films, feature films, and merchandise related to the series.
Promotion of the character includes a brand of apparel and accessories, action figures, and model portrayals.
She has been licensed for third-party promotion, including television and print advertisements, music-related appearances, and as a spokesmodel.
Critics consider Lara Croft a significant game character in popular culture.
She holds six Guinness World Records, has a strong fan following, and is among the first video game characters to be successfully adapted to film.
Lara Croft is also considered a sex symbol, one of the earliest in the industry to achieve widespread attention.
The character’s influence in the industry has been a point of contention among critics; viewpoints range from a positive agent of change in video games to a negative role model for young girls.
5: Female characters are often cast in the role of the damsel in distress, with their rescue being the objective of the game.
Princess Zelda in the early The Legend of Zelda series, the Sultan’s daughter in Prince of Persia, and Princess Peach through much of the Mario series are paradigmatic examples.
According to Salzburge Academy on Media and Global Change, in 1981 Nintendo offered game designer Shigeru Miyamoto to create a new video game for the American market.
In the game the hero was Mario, and the objective of the game was to rescue a young princess named Peach.
Peach was depicted as having a pink dress and blonde hair.
The princess was kidnapped and trapped in a castle by the evil villain character Bowser, who is depicted as a turtle.
Princess Peach appears in 15 of the main Super Mario games and is kidnapped in 13 of them.
The only main games that Peach was not kidnapped in were in the North America release of Super Mario 2 and Super Mario 3D World, but she was a character that can be played.
Zelda became playable in some later games of the Legend of Zelda series or had the pattern altered.
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After reading our article please cast your vote or tell us who do you think is the most voted Video Game Heroines Clementine, Princess Peach, Kat, Celes Chere, Bayonetta, Chun-Li as the only female among the original Street Fighter II cast, or maybe your choice go for Lara Croft of the Tomb Raider Series, or maybe yours is Samus Aran?
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