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According to Epic Game's art director Chris Perna, female leads are hard to justify because fewer gamers buy titles with strong female leads.
In an upcoming issue of OXM, Perna talked about the cliché of female characters in video games. "You see the implants and the blonde hair and pants and you roll your eyes - it's almost like the game geek's idealisation of what a woman should be. I think because we didn't go that route we have more believability... we've got more butch characters."
Later on, when asked if a future Gear's title could feature a female lead, Perna responded, "That's certainly interesting but I don't know. If you look at what sells, it's tough to justify something like that."
What do you think? Are you less inclined to buy a game if it stars a female lead? When given the option do you normally play as a dude or a gal?
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I always play as the male lead character, but a few female leads have done well, i.e. Bayonetta, Mirrors Edge, but I understand the substantial risk, Beyond Good & Evil.........
Maybe with the growing XBL and PSN downloadable games, we will see more female lead characters.
Every game I can I play as a female for the reason they never do it. If you can make a good story and game that shouldn't matter. I think they should just do it. If its a good game and word of mouth gets out and reviews are good then the fame will sell.
yeah... because they implemented female characters so well the first time around, that EVERYONE was asking for more /sarcasm.