Nintendo has been getting a lot of flack for its decision to hold a digital press event rather than a traditional press conference, as they did for the first time last year. But after an exhausting day full of scruffy white men killing each other, driving sims, and unremarkable sports titles….I was left jaded. If the Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony press conferences this year proved anything it’s that big companies are still only interested in making games for preteen boys itching to express their masculinity in as over the top a manner as possible.
No surprise, then, that I could count the number of playable female characters shown on my hands. And what of the big games? Assassin’s Creed Unity has four playable characters and not a single one is a lady. Metal Gear Solid V’s lone female character, the questionably dressed Quiet, was barely showcased in its new trailer and the most we saw of her was her ass. The new Rainbow Six game centered around rescuing/passing around like a basketball a female hostage whose home had been invaded. And of course that title garnered some of the most applause of any game screened all day.
While games like The Division, Rise of the Tomb Raider , Fable Legends, Dragon Age Inquisition, Valiant Hearts, and Mirror’s Edge 2 offered breaths of fresh feminine air they were shown amidst a smog of hyper-masculine gore-fests.
Then came this morning’s Nintendo digital event, showcasing major female playable characters in almost every single title put on display.