Female characters in video games are found everywhere today. Claire ‘Lightning’ Farron, Bayonetta, Lara Croft, all of these characters play the main protagonist in their respective games, but it seems there is still a stigma against female leads in some parts of the gaming industry. The upcoming Sci-Fi action game Remember Me features a female main character by the name of Nilin, a former ‘memory hunter’ who has had her own memory wiped by the authorities. As stated by Remember Me‘s creative director Jean-Max Morris, Nilin was conceived as a female and was never intended to be a male. “It was just something that felt right from the beginning,” says Morris when asked why he chose to make Nilin a female.

But, that response did not satisfy some of the publishers that Morris and his fellow developers at Dontnod met with. Morris quoted an unnamed exec as saying, “Well, we don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed. You can’t have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.”

This type of attitude show that some in the industry still have that feeling that games have to be ‘macho and manly’; that there is no place for a woman as the lead of an action game. Luckily for the Dontnod team and all the gaming fans out there, Capcom jumped at the opportunity to publish Remember Me and prove to the doubters that video games can be successful no matter what the gender of the main character is.

Remember Me is set to release on all platforms  June 4, 2013!

Source: Crunchyroll, Gamespot

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