Where's My Female Avatar?

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Marie Hix has been playing video games since she was a teen, but seldom finds a female figure to be her avatar. She wants to know how other female gamers feel about whether or not an avatar should reflect your gender.

Generally speaking, approximately 40% of US video game players are female, but that’s across the board; for specific genres, such as FPS, RTS, or MMORPG, the ratio is much lower. While it might be easy to assume that 'girls just don’t play games,' it’s not entirely accurate. We do. It’s just that games in these genres are predominately designed by men, for men, with male perspectives and attitudes; both men and women characters typically reflect the physical and behavioral archetypes that benefit the males, but typically end up annoying us girls.

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Read the full post at The Mary Sue: From Quake to StarCraft 2: The Female Avatar or Lack Thereof.

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