This morning I finally deleted my original post on topic identification for the research assignment. It was simply too broad and I was not as interested in it as I’d like to be. I am highly unsure of what exactly I want to research but I think it will be within a cross-section of gender and the narratives, or lore, of video games. Perhaps, the action of female characters in narratives as opposed to men. Do the female characters often play intrinsic roles beyond simply the Mario-esque “Get in the room where the Princess is to save her”? How prevalent are female characters in FPS games (i.e. Sarah Michelle Geller/Geler/I have no idea how to spell it in Zombies)? Has the portrayal of female characters changed since the 1970’s? My first hunch is that in FPS stories females are pretty much non-existent. On a larger generalization my hunch is that female characters rarely have autonomy in the stories, their actions being limited to being saved or in danger.
So, my new topic is going to focus on how gender, most likely female characters, are portrayed in the lore and narratives of video games.