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ricosketcho:

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I’m embarrassed to admit how much time I’ve sunk into Bravely Default—a nostalgic throwback to the beloved JRPGS of my youth—over the last week. I’m not done with the game yet, but I’ve been really struck by the more modern gender politics of the narrative. Agnes Oblige—ugh, that name—is still your standard milquetoast, subservient JRPG female lead. But Edea, pictured above, is the classic hot head/knight/badass, which in previous Squaresoft RPGs, has almost always been a man. Depicting this character, who disobeys her father and country to follow her own path, as a woman is a really progressive choice especially when it comes from a genre of gaming—JRPGS—that is notoriously unkind to women. But is this the best we can hope for? One female character per game who’s played against the awful stereotypes of Agnes and Aeris and Terra and Paula and Rinoa and on and on and on? We have to do better, and we have to demand that these companies do better. We vote with our dollars, and we’re all complicit in representations of women in media, even, and maybe especially so, in video games.

ricosketcho:

MRGRGRGR

I’m embarrassed to admit how much time I’ve sunk into Bravely Default—a nostalgic throwback to the beloved JRPGS of my youth—over the last week. I’m not done with the game yet, but I’ve been really struck by the more modern gender politics of the narrative. Agnes Oblige—ugh, that name—is still your standard milquetoast, subservient JRPG female lead. But Edea, pictured above, is the classic hot head/knight/badass, which in previous Squaresoft RPGs, has almost always been a man. Depicting this character, who disobeys her father and country to follow her own path, as a woman is a really progressive choice especially when it comes from a genre of gaming—JRPGS—that is notoriously unkind to women. 

But is this the best we can hope for? One female character per game who’s played against the awful stereotypes of Agnes and Aeris and Terra and Paula and Rinoa and on and on and on? We have to do better, and we have to demand that these companies do better. We vote with our dollars, and we’re all complicit in representations of women in media, even, and maybe especially so, in video games.