Badass Women in Games

Badass Women in Games

Yes I am a girl, Yes I play video games, Now make me a sandwhich

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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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.

We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.

2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^

8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.

14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.


17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.

18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”

23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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The Pros And Cons Of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Awesome Game!!

Having any doubts about downloading the newest and latest Harry Potter app, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery? Well before I start, let me tell you I believe that this game is truly brilliant and I have not been able to stop playing it. There are a couple cons that I found along the way that can get a tad annoying while playing, but there's a few that are needed to make it a good game to play.

Pro: We get another pre-Harry Potter story.

The app's story takes place after the first wizarding war, while Harry is still a baby. As of yet, there hasn't been any reference to how this story might relate to Voldemort, but it's great to have our own story.

Con: There are energy limits.

What do you mean I need more energy to relax?! I understand the point of having to use energy for tasks but maybe rename a few tasks? Why do I need to use energy to take a nap?

Pro: You meet some classic, beloved characters.

Aside from all your favorite teachers, including Hagrid before he was a teacher, you get to meet some great characters. Some characters include some of the Weasleys and the amazing Nymphadora Tonks.

Con: We have to BUY glasses?!

I wear reading glasses! What if I want my character to wear glasses but don't have the coins or diamonds to pay for them? Same goes for hairstyles, there are a couple I like but the one I really like costs diamonds. You can earn diamonds but slowly, if you want a lot then you have to use muggle money to pay for them.

Pro: You take all your favorite classes!

That's right! You can take potions, transfiguration, herbology, flying, and a bunch more. Some unlock later throughout your years at Hogwarts. Its not always easy peasy though, you gotta work for good grades!

Con: More waiting…

When out of energy, you gotta wait for it to refill. I did my waiting! 12 years! In Azkaban!... sorry couldn't help myself, but we have been waiting to go to Hogwarts and this app is pretty close to giving us the experience. I understand why there isn't unlimited energy but still!

Pro: This holds us over while we wait for Wizards Unite!

If you haven't heard, we're getting a wizard version of Pokemon Go! called Wizards Unite. Hogwarts Mystery is a perfect way to keep us entertained until we can be wizards on the go!

Pro: We finally get to be wizards!

We get to make potions, fly on brooms, and cast spells all with the tips of our fingers! We get our own story, bully and all haha. Definitely, a dream come true if you ask me!

The list may be short but there are so many more pros than there are cons that I didn't want this article to take an hour to read. I hope this gave you a little bit of what to expect in this awesome roleplaying game. It's free to download! So what are you waiting for?!

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