How do the best of the best represent women in games? We’re looking at E3 winners (Best PC Game, Best Console Game, Best of Show 1998-2018) and Game Awards nominees/winners (2003-2018) to find out.
Game covers often feature men in prominent positions on the front of the box. But fewer than a third of the games we’ve looked at afford women the same courtesy.
What’s more, only 11 of 93 game covers (11.83%) depict women as the subject of the cover, or with a share of the focus (Resident Evil 2).
Then there are examples like San Andreas, sporting a blonde-haired woman in a come-hither pose. Degrading at best, harmful at worst?
There is no single game that is responsible for carrying the full burden of representation; that needs to be shared by all developers, all publishers, and all game players.”Alayna M Cole MD of Queerly Represent Me
The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Celeste, World of Warcraft, Resident Evil 2
I do not believe there is an inherent problem with women being viewed as sexy, however when it is the only version of women shown, it strips us of our depth and limits us to serving as purely visual objects."Jay-Ann Lopez Creator of Black Girl Gamers
We’ve rounded up a list of all the disabled characters in games, extending the net well beyond Game of the Year nominees/winners and E3 standouts.© Rockstar Games
The LGBTQ+ experience is rarely explored in games, and that’s especially true of the biggest titles.© Naughty Dog