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play cringe-worthy hypersexualized characters and deal with female-hostile gaming jerks warped by years of marketing brain-washing look up Gamergate to get outraged. Sometimes I want to throw my hands in the air and leave the gaming world behind. Boys are stupid- throw rocks at thempout But that is not what Faith Connors or Evie Frye would do Female representation is improving in some corners. We are seeing badass women avatars who are humanized not objectified. In addition many indie game companies are designing for those who appreciate the art of gaming over the adrenaline rush and these titles often feature realistic female characters. Undeniably there are issues with the gaming industry but instead of running away looking the other way or deeming the hobby for boys check out these titles and give one a shot even if you arent a gamer - there is something for everyone. LETS FACE IT The video game world is largely a boys club. As an avid gamer girl who was expertly blowing out Nintendo cartridges by age 5 this is a sad fact. At this impressionable age games were bombarding me with a very confusing message sweet modest girls need saving and sexy scantily-clad women rip shit up. Luckily my parents banned consoles quickly and I was exploring PC game options that were strategic mind-expanding and gender neutral during my formative years. Had this not been the case my pinnacle achievement might be rolling around in mud in a bikini or even worse I might think that video games are only for boys. Though digging through the mire of misogynistic games can be tricky a few shiny nuggets of hope are buried beneath the male-targeted advertising. Many games now feature intelligent and strong heroines with realistic proportions who remain fully clothed. How did this even get to be such a problem Well once upon a time at the onset of the video game industry games were designed for everyone. Then along came Nintendo in the late 80s. They decided that boys were the ultimate market to tap so they sold the console system in the blue toy aisle and jumpstarted the male- focused video game advertising strategy excluding girls andturningfemaleavatarsinto alluringwallet-openingobjects of desire. And now girl gamers faceaCatch22Thankstosome marketing execs in the 80s and 90s most people buy into the stereotype that gaming is for guys. Thus when designers actually release titles geared toward a female audience the games do not sell very well. Then the game company goes back to releasing bro-dude hooker-beating titles that are safer. Hence the cycle continues and the minority women gamers are forced to By JRF LETS FACE IT The video game world is largely a boys club. As an avid gamer girl who was expertly blowing out Nintendo cartridges by age 5 this is a sad fact. At this impressionable age games were bombarding me with a very confusing message sweet modest girls need saving and sexy scantily-clad women rip shit By JRF 22 ..M2016