Judging by the internet, I’m not alone in saying that Wonder Woman has restored my faith in DC. As a fan of their animated features, especially the earlier version of the film made in 2009, I was pleasantly surprised by Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the Princess of the Amazons.
But with the film doing as well as it is, I couldn’t help but mull over how many other superheroines deserve more screentime. Too often are such characters left less fleshed out, pushed to the side, or tokenized in lieu of their male counterparts. While full-length movies and spinoffs aren’t for everyone, the following five characters definitely deserve more love. I did my best to pick a variety of girls and women who are beloved in their own right – if only a bit underused.
2014 saw the release of some eagerly awaited titles, some of which lived up to the hype and others that disappointed (*cough*Assassin’s Creed: Unity *cough*). Games like Super Smash Bros., Dragon Age: Inquisition, Bayonetta 2, and more, showed us what next-gen consoles could achieve and got us itching to see what could be accomplished next. Unfortunately, many of 2014’s games also left us wondering where they put all the women – because they certainly weren’t on the list of playable female characters. 2015 is set to be even a bigger year than its predecessor, with long-anticipated titles like Legend of Zelda for Wii U and Evolve planned for release, but will it take any steps towards righting the gender disparity in the industry? Without further ad, here are 5 games (in no particular order) that not only look fantastic, but also hope to answer that question:
If you’re not a Blizzard fan, you might not have been following the explosion of excitement that has erupted after the California-based company, most known for their MMORPG World of Warcraft, announced their new project at annual fan convention BlizzCon: Overwatch, a team-based multi-player shooter in the same vein as Valve’s Team Fortress and Team Fortress 2. This is Blizzard’s first new world in 17 years, as the rest of its games have all taken place in or involved the universes of Warcraft and Starcraft, and it’s an interesting new evolution in the realm of shooters that combine MOBA and FPS principles and characteristics.
But Overwatch represents a lot more than just another entry into the shooter genre. It’s an amazing step forward for women and gaming. Read on to find out why.