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Gender in Video Games

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Gender in Video Games

Today, Jezebel posted something about video games and gender stereotypes. I found it interesting and it got me thinking about what I like/don't like about video games (as I do play quite a bit on my Nintendo DS). I've played various games, including: Sims, Final Fantasy, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Animal Crossing, etc, etc. I enjoy games with concrete story lines and strong characters. The most recent game I've played is Chrono Trigger (similar to Final Fantasy). I like it a lot, but it irritates me that games like this often place male characters as the "lead." Sure, there are females in the game, but mostly as secondary characters. Also, these female characters are usually big-breasted, curvy, and there to fulfil the heterosexual male gamer's fantasy. I know Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger both do this. And how can we forget Tomb Raider's busty, scantily-clad protagonist, Lara Croft? I sincerely doubt that, as an archeologist, Ms. Croft would be wearing those booty shorts and that tight tank-top.

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