Badass Women in Games

Badass Women in Games

Yes I am a girl, Yes I play video games, Now make me a sandwhich
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Over the years video games have started to make women the protagonist or give you the choice to make the protagonist female. I think game companies have started to realize that women play games too and do not always want to play a man either. As a video game animation major I know I am going into a field where there is not much female presence, but the fact that women are becoming our main characters in games makes me hopeful for myself. Here are is a list of games with Badass female protagonist or characters.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn takes place a thousand years into the future, in a post-apocalyptic world where huge animal like machines rule the land. Over time, human civilization has regressed to tribal societies of hunters and gatherers who survive in immense forests, imposing mountain ranges, and the atmospheric ruins of their ancestors – all while the machines become increasingly powerful. Aloy is a female hunter who protects her tribe even though they shun her. What I like about it is that it was a highly anticipated game with its main and only playable character female. It became the fifth-best-selling PlayStation 4 video game (3.4 million copies sold).


Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

If you know the name Nathan Drake, you know Uncharted. Like Tomb Raider, Nathan Drake explores mythical stories and treasures. Recently the series ended, but continued with new yet memorable characters taking the lead, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross. Chloe Frazer was a treasure hunter and an old love interest in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Nadine Ross was a mercenary searching for treasure against Nathan Drake and his brother in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. In Uncharted: The Lost Legacy they work together to find a lost Indian treasure. It is another example that whatever a man can do, a woman can do.


Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice

In this dark mysterious game you play Senua who goes to Norse mythology hell to save her lovers soul. What I like about the game is that the savior role is reversed. It is not a man saving a woman, but a woman saving a man. You learn how in life she triumphed after being degraded and thinking she was a monster she still went to hell with fear in her mind.

Tomb Raider 2013 Reboot

Before this reboot, when I thought Tomb Raider, I thought of the oversexualized movies staring Angelina Jolie. Now I think about the game reboot by Crystal Dynamics. While it is the tenth game in the whole series it counts as areboot because it shows the origins of Lara Croft as she begins her career as an explorer. In this game you bleed, have to hunt your own food, and fight enemies with bows and arrows. It was done so well that there is a sequel called Rise of the Tomb Raider, released in 2015 and is the foundation to the 2018 film of the same name.


Wolfenstein: The New Order and New Colossus

Wolfenstein is about being part of the resistance fighting Nazi's if they won WWII and took over the world. While the main character is a man there are a lot of strong females in this story. Caroline Becker was the leader of the Kreisau Circle, or at the very least the Kreisau Circle of Isenstadt, in Wolfenstein. She would give mission orders to William, the main character and still fought even though she was bound to a wheelchair. Grace Walker is the leader of the American Resistance cell in New York City in the sequel game. She takes over as leader of the Kreisau Circle when Caroline dies and continues to give William his missions. Anya Oliwa was a nurse that helped William when in a coma, helped find and becomes a member of the resistance, and is William's lover and mother of his twin children. Anya is so badass that she is fighting and killing Nazi's while five months pregnant. If that is not badass than I do not know what is. Frau Irene Engel is a female antagonist in the game. She is a extremely loyal Nazi general that hates William and the resistance she calls vermin. These are examples of strong women, while not the main character lead important roles in the game.




These are just some examples of great games with awesome female characters and or leads. I hope gaming companies continue with this trend. I hope one day there are just as many female protagonist games as there are male. Hopefully one day there will also be LGBTQ protagonists as well.


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21 BuzzFeed Quizzes To Take When You're Trying To Procrastinate

Why study when you could be on BuzzFeed?
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According to my previous article, 12 Things That Are Only Acceptable In College, spending 2.5 hours taking BuzzFeed quizzes is completely acceptable if you're in college. With it being that time of the semester when the list of things to do is never ending, sometimes it's easier to just ignore your problems and spend your studying time procrastinating. If this sounds like something you need to do, here's the ultimate list of quizzes to waste your time on.

1. Reply To Your Crush's Texts And We'll Reveal Your Future

Wondering what you're going to do with your life since you're probably going to fail that exam that you have tomorrow? After all, you are taking BuzzFeed quizzes right now instead of studying. This quiz will answer that question for you.

2. Which "Gossip Girl" Character Are You Based On These Random Questions?

This one's a classic that you just can't possibly skip.

3. Build A School Uniform And We'll Guess Who You Were In High School

If you're like me, you always secretly wished you had a uniform in high school so that you didn't have to pick out an outfit every morning. Now you can live out that dream and find out what it says about you.

4. We Can Guess Your Age After You Build Your Own Dream Home

If I got 70's, does that mean I have timeless taste or terrible taste?

5. Pretend To Go Shopping And We’ll Figure Out If You’re More Ann Taylor Or Ann Taylor: Loft

Ladies, this is an important one.

6. Plan Your Day And Find Out Which "Grey's Anatomy" Girl You Are

Maybe if whatever you're doing right now isn't working out, you could become a doctor...

7. Create A Makeup Look And We'll Tell You Which Hogwarts House You Truly Belong In

Or you could become a wizard.

8. Pick An Outfit And We Will Tell You What You Do For A Living

And if neither of those work out, this quiz will tell you exactly what you should do.

9. Spend All Your Money At This Drug Store And We'll Tell You What You Should Be Doing With Your Life

And in case you didn't like either of the previous suggestions, you can see if this one is any better.

10. Build A Dream Castle And We'll Tell You What Type Of Unicorn You Are

Since unicorn everything seems to be the rage right now, you'd better keep up.

11. This Reverse Word Association Test Will Uncover Your Personality Type

This one's for those of you who don't have the patience to get through the Myers-Briggs test.

12. Design Your Future Backyard And We'll Reveal How Many Kids You'll Have

If you're going to have more than 2 you better get back to work so you can support them.

13. Pick An Outfit From Patagonia And We'll Tell You How Long You'd Survive In The Wild

Find out if running away to the wild is really a better option than struggling through that 10 page paper that's due at 8 am tomorrow.

14. Which Character From "The Office" Are You At YOUR Job?

Let's hope you don't get Kevin.

15. Which Meryl Streep Character Is Actually Most Like You?

Are you as mean as Miranda Priestly?

16. Take This Picture Test And We'll Tell You Your Best And Worst Qualities

No need to prepare for your next interview, just give them these answers.

17. What Kind of Bathroom Guest Are You

Are you actually a terrible guest?

18. What % Gross Are You Actually?

Or maybe you're just gross in general.

19. Your Food Preferences Will Reveal Which TV Character You Are

Are you more Blair Waldorf or Michelle Tanner?

20. What Grade Are You Getting In Life?

Are you literally failing at life right now?

21. What Type Of Emoji Are You?

Instead of a signature scent, you can have a signature emoji!

And if these didn't take you long enough, you can always check out BuzzFeed for more.

P.S. Good luck studying for that exam. Maybe you can find a quiz that tells you how to ace it.

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Wasting Time Online Is Pretty Beneficial According To Smart People

It's time to learn something new today about how technology is changing the world of interactions!

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I think one of the greatest investments you can make in modern time is anything to do with technology. It feels that every single year we keep getting introduced to newer crazier tech. Tesla is literally out here making cars drive themselves, we just put another rover on Mars, and I can use Alexa to turn on lights in my room, the future is here! These are positive changes in society, I'll tell you why newer technology even more valuable than ever before.

Alright now that I set you up with a great teaser, it's time to give some backstory.

So, researchers have been studying this concept known as Symbolic Interaction Theory (SIT) for many years, but it hasn't been until recently where they discovered how new technologies can help explain/enhance concepts to take them to the next level. SIT, originally created by philosopher George Herbert Mead (he had a great mustache) in the earlier 20th century, looks at how everyday social interactions make up society. In other words, he explained that individuals communicate together using symbols and context that define the overall interaction.

After this revolutionary discovery, researchers had a freakin' field day. A lot of studies about influence, shared meaning, and perception have been done as a result of SIT, but now thanks to that good ol technology, SIT is getting revamped in a pretty awesome way.

Researcher DJ Gunkel took some time away from spinning records and started looking at social interactions through online video games using avatars. To his amazement, he noticed that despite all the interactions taking place online, they mimicked how real-life interaction would take place. Pretty standard stuff, right? Wrong. This is huge for the field of SIT and it impacts each one of us, yes especially you.

My dude Gbola Olasina did a study demonstrating why this information is important.

He realized as technologies become more realistic, virtual worlds can be used to study how interaction happens in the real world. Instead of putting together major research studies that are expensive and time-consuming, researchers can now use simulations to get almost identical results. Results can be applied to an insane amount of possibilities. Teachers in a classroom practicing new methods? Easy. A business implementing new employee protocols? Cake. Why suburban moms feel the need to speak to a manager? You bet!

It's like that time Neo learned how to fight in the Matrix except we're using it for productive reasons.

What kind of technologies help with this you ask? Well, have you heard of HTC's Vive Virtual Reality console? The research possibilities are genuinely limitless.

Let me fill you in with an example. My roommate Austen is currently a research engineer for a company I don't know if I'm allowed to say or "cidkiiats" for short. In one of his recent projects, he created an entire store showing off brand new items his company had to offer, all in Virtual Reality. As people joined in and visited the store using their Vive, "cidkiiats" was able to watch their consumers interact with one another and talk about which products they were most excited for in real time.

They were able to track interaction and gather data about their consumers from remote locations! Georgey Mead would be foaming at the mouth with these types of possibilities ladies and gents.

It's interesting to think about the fact that a theory that was created over a century ago is getting reused thanks to a changing world. The potential is unmatched, we'll understand interactions and how they naturally occur all through some video games or simulations. This is what it's all about ladies and gents, the future is only going to get smarter.

It's ironic that all my "wasted" time on video games could potentially become valuable data for researchers.

Checkmate mom.

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