Critical Kate at CriticalHit! blog has an interesting post covering Bethesda’s post regarding the huge number of options on offer to players with regard to character customisation. Apparently a player can create 102,247,681,536,000,000 unique characters if you include minor tint variations and body types, but this doesn’t include an option to play a female character. Critical Kate writes:
Some guys might not understand what the big deal is, being that there’s no shortage of shooters featuring characters of their own gender. It can be difficult to comprehend how alienating it can be for a genre to so rarely include you, when you haven’t experience that same level of exclusion. There may be a few shooters, like Perfect Dark, where you’re forced to play the campaign as a female character, but even the multiplayer in that game has males to choose from (more males than females, in fact). Male characters in multiplayer shooters are never considered optional or included as an afterthought; they’re mandatory.
For a company to boast how impressively customizable the characters in their first-person shooter are, only to then exclude half the population from having their character be the same gender as themselves, doesn’t exactly say to female gamers “you are welcome here.”