Fight for freedom and equality in Unity…unless you’re female

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Sexism in videogames in an unfortunate reality. Player character Women in games aren’t well represented. Barring a few notable exceptions Invariably, they’re either damsels in distress or bad ass ass-kickers who favour wearing skimpy, revealing clothing. Or in the case of Assassin’s Creed Unity, wholly absent. The game allows you to team up with buddies and slay people as an avatar of your choosing…provided that character doesn’t have ovaries.

I’m not one to jump ion the usual feminism bandwagon. Often times I find it to be a situation of people trying to find problems in everything. Game creators should be allowed to make the games they want to make, with the characters they want in them – but when you include a m entire selection of avatars, that changes.

And it’s even worse when the excuse for not including women is frankly, pathetic. According to Ubisoft, including women player characters would have been too much work.

“It was on our feature list until not too long ago, but it’s a question of focus and production. So we wanted to make sure we had the best experience for the character. A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animation, a lot of costumes. It would have doubled the work on those things,” technical director James Therien told Videogamer.

“And I mean it’s something the team really wanted, but we had to make a decision. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality of game development.”

I’m not going to bang the drum too much here, as I’m generally of the mindset that I don’t care what race, gender or creed I play as in a game, as long as it’s good. That said, it’s the excuse of it being too much work to include female avatars that gets my goat; Ubisoft has 9 teams working on the game. I’m sure they could have some of them work on creating a few female avatars.

On the other hand, the co-in this game has each character seeing things from the eyes of the main protagonist, and having them appear as females might be a disconnect so maybe it’s all just a storm in a teacup.  What do you think? Is this blatant sexism, or just another reason for people to complain?

Last Updated: June 11, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.