Games has always been a male dominant field from the get go. However, more and more female gamers are now entering this “forbidden” male only zone and are exploring the gaming field. But why is it the female race finding it so hard to enter this zone in the first place?
For male gamers, games that portrays a female character only had two features, a damsel in distress to save, and big breasts that seems to defy gravity. It is no wonder that not many females want to play games as it portrays women as weak and dependent creatures. Take Mario for example. Princess Peach always gets kidnapped by Bowser, she always needs to be saved by Mario, a mere plumber. Damsel in distress 101 right there.
Even the games that seems to try and promote a strong and independent character such as Heavenly Sword, the character is still quite scantily dressed with quite a provocative body figure. Even her back story promotes a damsel in distress feeling. A woman, born and said to be curse because she wasn't born male. Hated by her community. Hated by her own father. Had she been born a male? Why, the whole story would be different! He would have been revered as the village’s savior, the hero. Sounds unfair to women doesn't it?
Take Prince of Persia. Tall, handsome, hunky dude retelling the tale of his heroism and of love “before” he could meet and fall in love with her - the story did have time travel.. So what happens when you change the main character from male to female? Besides the story turning into a lesbian show. Unless the character has these huge bouncing boobs, I doubt it’ll become a bestseller. Males are dominant creatures, and they like feeling dominant and stronger than females (Maybe not all men, true. But most). Seeing a female character running along walls, jumping traps, grappling enemies, I doubt many males would play that as it seems to portray the females as the stronger gender. Which in most male dictionaries, is a big no no. Females are meant to be the weaker creatures, the ones that needs saving. Not the other way around. Go figure.
It’s no wonder that not many females want to play games when their gender is being portrayed in such a fashion. In fact, games that heavily portrays the damsel in distress types has shaped many women’s minds that they should not be strong and should be dependent on a man. But that’s just the mind set. Physically, it is also harming both male and female. Games has often portrayed the main character as strong and attractive. For males, they have these huge muscles, bigger that their heads, wearing bulky armor, carrying these super huge awesome weapons. Females are shown to be super slim, huge breasts and capable of being in combat with 6 inch stilettos. Realistically, no human can ever look like those characters. Ever. But still, gamers sometimes try, and they get depressed when they can't achieve it.