I really hope this doesn’t turn into a tl;dr for some people. This is something that really hit me hard after the high of PAX and I felt I really needed to get out.
As a female gamer I’m constantly aware of the way women are presented in games. One of my favorite panels at PAX East 2011 was about the portrayal of women in games, whether it’s as the helpless damsel in distress or the kickass heroine; the taut and toned adventure-seeker or the super-sexy femme fatale. It was interesting, and brought up a whole lot of food for thought. The year passed, and then this year’s PAX East got me thinking more, particularly with the aftermath of some photos posted by BioWare. So many comments came up about how many “fatties” were at the convention, and how all the “fat gamers” needed to get off their asses or at least get a Wii Fit or something. And it got me thinking more.