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Neil Druckmann says storytelling techniques are advancing and industry is "on the cusp" of seeing games with "strong, non-sexualized" female protagonists being successful.

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Discussions about gender and minority visibility in games will help push the industry forward, The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog creative director and writer Neil Druckmann believes.

Speaking with GamesIndustry International, Druckmann said he had been "blown away" by the kinds of stories independent games like Gone Home and Papers, Please have told. He said storytelling techniques overall are advancing, at least in the independent space.

"As more and more examples come to light, I think more people are pursuing better narratives," Druckmann said. "And I hope criticism of games and game narratives is becoming more sophisticated. I think before you would have had a hard time talking about tropes and how women are represented in games, or how characters of color are represented in games. But now I'm kind of excited by the discussion and the kind of criticism games are getting."

"I think that change is going to happen much more rapidly going forward, and people who don't engage in that discussion, who don't try to appeal to audiences that are coming on, are going to be left behind," he added.

Given the cost and nature of AAA game development, such change in storytelling may not show up immediately, Druckmann said. However, he said he remains hopeful that the tide can be turned.

"I feel like AAA games… we're on this cusp of at the very least seeing strong, non-sexualized female protagonists starring in games," Druckmann said. "You're going to see a lot more of those, and a lot more that are commercially successful."

"A lot of times in AAA games, people feel like they need to play it safe because there's so many parts of a giant corporation working on a global scale to launch a title that they don't want to take too many risks," he added. "But once you have enough evidence to say 'Hey look, this is actually not a risk, this can succeed commercially,' then creativity can flourish and new avenues can be pushed."

Naughty Dog's most recent game was The Last of Us, which was released exclusively for the PlayStation 3 in June. The developer is currently working on an undisclosed PlayStation 4 title.

Source: http://www.gamespot.com/news/naughty-dog-says-gender-minority-debate-will-push-industry-forward-6414456



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Eh.

I don't think anything will change, and I don't think it needs to.

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I think that the idea that this will push the industry forward is entirely laughable. I'm sure the debate that no one asked for will continue for sure. Look forward to reading more stupid articles.

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Samus is my still my all time favorite character :P



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I would love to see more female leads in gaming and will be glad if Naught Dog moves in that direction. I'm tired of the muscled up stereotypical males. I don't ever want to see main characters like Marcus Phoenix again.

We need more strong women. That is why when I play games where you can choose your own character I almost exclusively create females.

So many people view them as inferior (Why that is, I don't know. They live longer then men for a reason you know?) and just having them being the driving force of an adventure feels so fresh.

My favorite Final Fantasy is VI. To me, the mains in that game are Terra initially and then Celes. To me that makes the game so much better.



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I would love to see more female leads in gaming and will be glad if Naught Dog moves in that direction. I'm tired of the muscled up stereotypical males. I don't ever want to see main characters like Marcus Phoenix again.

We need more strong women. That is why when I play games where you can choose your own character I almost exclusively create females.

So many people view them as inferior (Why that is, I don't know. They live longer then men for a reason you know?) and just having them being the driving force of an adventure feels so fresh.

Marcus Phoenix was a bad character because he was bad character.

I really don't care at all who the main character is, just as long as they're well developed and a good character.



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Euphoria14 said:
I would love to see more female leads in gaming and will be glad if Naught Dog moves in that direction. I'm tired of the muscled up stereotypical males. I don't ever want to see main characters like Marcus Phoenix again.

We need more strong women. That is why when I play games where you can choose your own character I almost exclusively create females.

So many people view them as inferior (Why that is, I don't know. They live longer then men for a reason you know?) and just having them being the driving force of an adventure feels so fresh.

Marcus Phoenix was a bad character because he was bad character.

I really don't care at all who the main character is, just as long as they're well developed and a good character.

It cannot be argued though that for decades it has always been male, male, male, male. Now we get buff male, buff male, buff male, buff male. It's tiring.

 

We need more diversity. We need more Lara Croft's. We need more Terra Branfords. We need more Celes Chere's. More Ms. Pacman's!



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A game that is loved by those who play it and features plenty of strong female characters is Valkyria Chronicles.

Take those strong female characters out and I feel that game would be a shadow of it's former self.


Something about strong female leads lures me in.

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