Remember the days when video games revolved around big burly men (and plumbers) rescuing a princess to win her heart? Or when women were only allowed to feature if they were scantily clad and had huge chests? Those were the worst, weren’t they?
Thankfully those days are long gone. In a world where 48% of game players are now female, gracing everything from FIFA 2014, to Angry Birds, to a round of cards on Full Tilt, more and more female heroes are creeping into games, becoming more multi-cultural than ever.
The muscular white man with a mission and an Uzi has company. And these black female heroes provide pretty great company at that…
Alyx Vance – Half-Life 2
A prominent figure in the human resistance against the rule of the alien race, she helps the main playing character Gordon Freeman through a series of levels, before being captured by the Combine.
The character uses a modified version of the real-life actress Jamil Mullen, and is voiced by Merle Dandridge who has starred in Sons of Anarchy, CSI: Miami, and 24.
Ro – Left 4 Dead
One of the four playable survivors in Left 4 Dead 2, Ro is one heck of a woman. She’s strong, powerful, and doesn’t take any messing. Rochelle – although she prefers Ro – starts out as a mild-mannered reporter before turning into a walking artillery with guns, axes, and whatever else she can get her hands on.
The zombies don’t stand a chance!
Sheva Alomar – Resident Evil 5
The Resident Evil series has long been a favourite on the PlayStation, so it was about time we had a black female when it came to the fifth edition. Supporting hero Chris Redfield, Sheva Alomar uses brains and strength and helped change the stereotype of females in games from being rather ditzy and shallow, into a really positive role model.
Not that you should be running around shooting zombies any time soon.
Aveline – Assassins Creed: Liberation
Set between 1765 and 1777, Aveline is the series’ first female protagonist and followers her on a quest to eradicate Templar presence in New Orleans.
She was voted the sixth greatest heroine in video game history in 2013 commenting, “Aveline is such an envelope pusher: a black, female, French-speaking protagonist in this world of stereotypical white males, she represents a major step forward for diversity in games.”
We agree. And we love her.
Storm – X-Men (and plenty more)
Storm is an ultimate warrior. And of course she doesn’t just appear in video games either. Halle Berry portrayed her in the X-Men movies, and she’s a superstar in the series of comics.
She’s one of the most powerful mutants on earth and has the ability to support magic, and can even manipulate the weather – a skill we wish we all had at times.
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