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 New iPhone Is Here

"As Apple continues to create new products every year, discontinuing the home button will mean unsatisfied customers."


Apple has released their the newest line of iPhones as well as the next generation of iOS! Some images of the new iPhones have been leaked over the past few months, however, what they unveiled this week showed more than we expected. Every year Apple holds a conference where they unveil their newest technology. This year's conference took place on September 12th and is available for live-stream on Apple's homepage. We have waited an entire year since we have seen the latest and greatest from Apple, what does this new iPhone entail?

Three New Sizes

Despite Apple creating larger iPhone sizes over the past couple of years, our options for phone sizes have typically been limited to 2 choices - a regular size or plus size. This upcoming event has been rumored that Apple will be discontinuing all of the sizes we currently have available and will be creating 3 all-new sizes. At this point the name for the phone has not been unveiled yet, however, some rumors are suggesting that it will be named the 'iPhone XS'.

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Aside from new screen sizes, these three new iPhones will include an edge to edge screen with no home button, as first released on the iPhone X. As Apple continues to create new products every year, officially discontinuing the home button on all iPhone product will mean unsatisfied customers. Although the FaceID feature introduced with the iPhone X was a huge step in innovation for technology, the TouchID Fingerprint sensor built within the home button is more convenient.

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Two of the three iPhone's will have an OLED display whereas one of the iPhone's will have an LCD display. The main reason Apple created two phones with two different types of displays because the quality of one display is simply better than the other. The user can then decide if they would want to pay more for the new display being used on iPhone products.

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The Software Inside - iOS 12

Alongside with the new iPhones, Apple will also unveil the new software that goes along with the device. This software will be available to earlier iPhone models, however the software is known to work best on the new device. Apple has only released a few major updates with a completely different operating system layout. This years update is subtle, yet freshens up the look a feel of the phone with a few new design changes. As seen in the picture above, the lock screen looks slightly different than previous iOS versions. Although it is different, it still gives the users an understanding of how the device works as it isn't 100% changed. This update contains many performance improvements, where your phone will work faster and more efficiently, which should in the end save your battery life.

Group FaceTime and Bonus Features

The moment we've all been waiting for - Group FaceTime! Yup, that's right - We can now FaceTime with 24 people at once. As well as being able to do that, you can also add face filters and other features to enhance your FaceTime experience. We can finally delete Skype and Houseparty, because Apple has finally listened to our requests and has added this feature for the upcoming update.

As released with the iPhone X, Animoji allowed you to express your facial features on certain cartoon characters for entertainment. In this upcoming update, you can now create an Animoji for yourself and then create facial expressions on a cartoon character of yourself.

The Photos App has been revamped with a new layout for easier photo organization.

New Lock Screen Design with grouped notifications

Siri can predict your next action on the phone and give suggestions based on daily usage.

These are just a few examples out of a thousand new things that was announced at the this year's conference. That being said, we expect to see many new things come from this leap in technology for next year's iPhones. Everyone is excited to know what Apple has created each year, whether it's a change to the physical device or the software inside.

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