The game world is a wacky, weird, and wonderful world, but it’s not without its flaws. The industry is predominantly male, with only 22% of studio employees being women. With that in mind, the company Women In Games is taking matters into their own hands and created this gender-defying video to raise awareness.
The campaign features a number of our most beloved video games with mods applied that reanimate the male characters with the female animations. While the clips from the games are hilarious (I can’t stop laughing at sexy Batman), it’s also telling how hyper-sexualized women are in our favorite games. If you’re fascinated by character design, check out our guide on how to be a character designer.
Women In Games explained: “Thanks to a multitude of mods identified online or developed for the occasion, the association was able to modify the game files from the inside to apply to the male characters the attitudes originally designed for their female counterparts. “. And to continue to say that the goal is “to raise awareness and create a real conversation on the subject”.
While seeing Revolver Ocelot rolling around in the rain or Bayonetta popping loot is pretty darn funny, it’s also pretty weird to watch. The video puts into perspective how used to seeing overtly sexual female characters. According to The Essentials of Video Games, one in two gamers is female, so it’s important to have realistic representations of all genders in today’s games (which is why we love Horizon’s Aloy with its realistic detail , like his peach fuzz).
Women In Games is working to double the number of women and non-binary studio employees in the games industry, with the hope that soon women and enby will get the representation they deserve. If you want to check out some of these games, why not take a look at our roundup of the best games consoles available?