SilentDark wrote:Although in LA Noire they were really going for that 40s America feel, a female protagonist (or for that matter a black protagonist) probably wouldn't have gotten to the level of detective so easily, if at all.
Funily enough I engaged in a conversation over at ONM about Link, and whether or not a future game should feature a female Link. I was surprised at how many were actually resistant to the idea, even when it was suggested that the gender be picked at the start like in recent Poemon games. So when companies say that a female protagonist doesn't sell as well as a male protagonist it might not be so much the sexism of the devs or publishers but because they know that there is still a strong element of misogyny within the community and at the end of the day they are just looking after their bottom line.
Suggesting a female Link is like suggesting a female Mario, it's not going to get anywhere. Some characters are who they are, arbitrarily changing their gender is pointless and a bit of a slap in the face for fans. Now, the idea of adding a NEW character to a Zelda game, a female character with a different storyline or path through the adventure would be a better idea, but even then, some purists would only want Link, that's not a sexist thing, it's just about being a purist.
Similarly, I don't think that people would have been happy if the Tomb Raider reboot had cast a Male Lara Croft, but they're happy to accept that idea as its own character in the Uncharted games.
I'm not convinced female characters don't sell as well, I just think they've never been give the best games. A female lead in a 3rd Darksiders game for example wouldn't make a difference, it'd sell the same numbers, and would be entirely dependent on the quality of the game.
For now, games with customization will lead the way on this, RPGs primarily, but I do think a major release needs to be made that has a female protagonist. I'm actually quite disappointed that the AC game that's being ported to 360 is being done so soon after the release of Black Flag as I think it won't get the exposure it deserves, people will either still be playing or would have had their fill of AC and will pass it over. Much better they'd leave it until the end of next year and put in more time to flesh it out further then release it as the primary AC release and see how it fairs.
I'd love to see the next CoD after Ghosts having a female protagonist. THAT would be interesting, they wouldn't lose any sales as people who buy it would buy it for the MP, but they'd be able to track how many people play the campaign, see if there are any noticeable changes.