Games with Female Protagonists
So the link above is an article about how games with female protagonists are not as prevalent and do not sell as well as games with male protagonists. Some shocking or not so shocking statistics to take away from the article:
Of a sample of 669 games, only 300 had an option of male and/or female protagonists.
Of that same sample, only 24 had only a female protagonist.
Games with only a male protagonist sell 25 percent better than a male/female option game.
Games with only a male protagonist sell 75% better than games with only a female protagonist.
Games with female protagonists recieve 40% less marketing money.
So that last statistic may explain why they don't sell as well, but the lack of prevelance of female leads is also intriguing. Back in the day, before our days, Metroid shocked the masses when it was revealed that Samus Aran (the lead) was a female bounty hunter. Why so shocking? Are we conditioned to think that a bounty hunter, gun wielding robo-human has to be male? But more importantly, I think it is a little unfair that game companies may have to scrap a female lead because they are afraid their profits will fall.
But when I think of female leads I think of big-name games like Metroid franchise, Lara Croft Franchise, and even the Portal games had a female character. Personally, I don't care about the gender of my character. As long as the gameplay and story is good, it really shouldnt matter.