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portrayal of women in games

BuzzFeed recently asked women cosplayers at PAX Prime, America’s largest gaming expo, to give game developers some advice. How would they like to see women characters portrayed in gaming?

They came up with 19 tips. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites.

“Having females be more realistic & actually look like a strong fighter.”

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

When you create a character, there’s usually only one “plastic” body type. “Give me different body types!” 

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

“This cosplayer talked about how her character was the strongest in Final Fantasy XIII and that should be more common.” BuzzFeed said. Her answer was, “More empowered women.”

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

“More women of color as heroines and less as background characters.”

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

“More practical armor!”

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

“I think female video game characters don’t need to be scantily clad nor in gender specific colors.”

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

“Less whiney, trope-y girls.”

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

“Bigger brains, not bigger boobs!”

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

Bryant Hua for BuzzFeed

To see the entire list of tips, click here: 19 Helpful Hints About How To Design Women In Video Games

See other articles about women characters in video games:

Sexism in video games

Video games need more women – and asking for that won’t end the world

Here’s an example of a positive female character:

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