“‘We had [some …

Posted: April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized
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“‘We had [some companies] tell us, ‘Well, we don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed. You can’t have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.'” -Jean-Max Morris (when he tried to sell publishers the upcoming cyberpunk-action game Remember Me)


In “Gaming the System: Are Women-led Games D.O.A.” by Katherine Cross, the subtitle’s question seems to be answered by the quote above from the first sentence of the article. However, Cross reveals that the game with a female protagonist was eventually picked up and released in June 2013. As Cross goes on to explore the world of video game development and the pressure that Harris faced to get his game out to the public the outlook is dismal. Developers have foisted the blame on their “market pressures” that have decided only boys play video games and these boys don’t want to play a female character. Never mind the fact that numerous reports from The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Boston Globe have stated that women make up nearly half of video gamers and spend as much money on said games. Developers and their “market pressures” need to change their ideals because their demographic is evolving and shouldn’t tolerate this treatment. 

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