While women are gaining ground, they’re still most often found in five major roles:
1. Sidekicks: You can talk to and interact with Half Life 2's Alyx Vance, but never actually be her.
2. Secondary playable characters: Women you get to play, but who always come second to the story’s main protagonist, like Ellie in The Last of Us, Jill Valentine in Resident Evil, or Miranda Lawson, Jack, and Liara T'Soni in Mass Effect.
3. The male characters’ target or love interest.
4. The damsel in distress.
5. The “Woman in the Refrigerator": the woman who dies for the sole purpose of giving a male character motivation.
This post was authored by Colin Schultz.