Yesterday I tweeted about how exactly zero of the next generation games presented at Microsoft’s Xbox One E3 event featured female protagonists. A bunch of gamer dudes on Twitter decided that they did not, shall we say, appreciate my pointing that out. But Microsoft’s Xbox One event was not the only press conference that took place at the E3 Expo yesterday, both Electronic Arts and Sony featured slightly more women in their line up of new trailers. Below are a few that caught my eye!
Mirror’s Edge Announcement Teaser shown at the Electronic Arts event: Dragon Age: Inquisition Teaser shown at the Electronic Arts event: Transistor Reveal Trailer shown at the Sony PS4 event: BEYOND: Two Souls E3 Trailer shown at the Sony PS4 event:
I was also excited to see that the Super Mario 3D World Trailer shown at the Nintendo Wii U event has Princess Peach as a playable option for the first time in 25 years. The last time she was playable in the core Super Mario Bros series of platformers was Super Mario Bros. 2 released in 1988 for the NES.
There were also a few other titles featured at E3 which don’t necessarily have women in the leading role but looked really intriguing including The Order: 1866, Witness, Rain, Below and of course Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare!
— Feminist Frequency (@femfreq)
Above is a tweet I made this afternoon in reaction to the fact that none of the games presented at Microsoft’s Xbox One E3 press conference featured female protagonists. Below are some of the Twitter replies to that observation which exemplify the male privilege and male entitlement endemic in the gaming community today. This is also a window into what it’s like to be a female video game critic on twitter.
Oh, the cleverness of me!
Peter is a punk rocker.
Aherm. Yeah, this is what I wore to the Disneybound Day at Disneyland (which was full of fun and great people, by the way). Breakdown time, but…
First and foremost, I want to thank whimsicalmela for taking many of these pictures! She was super sweet and offered while we hung out for the day!
All righty, here it goes. Basically, I had to do a sort of punk-ish Peter Pan. What else would the kid be?
The shoes: Picked ‘em up at the Melrose swapmeet. Heck yeah.
The pants: Those were white once. Dyed ‘em.
The shirt: Bought it from a kid who was making these. I think he was starting his company? Either way, my favorite shirt I own.
The vest: Okay, here’s where hours of my life and ounces of blood went into. I butchered an old denim jacket to start, and from there, it was all scratch. The patches were all hand painted and sewn on. I made the hood from some flannel then got some feathers and colored the tips. Sewed those on one-by-one and had to make sure they all stayed flat so they wouldn’t fold and snap. All the star spots on the back were painstakingly pushed in and bent back so they didn’t pop off. On the front, more hand painted patches and the green star panels (more dyed fabric so it’d match everything else). I made several pins like the ones you get at concerts for bands, but instead relating to things of the Neverland variety. Most are self-explanatory, but there’s a few tougher ones in there I’ll let you ponder on. One side is reserved for native american-ish/Tiger Lily stuff, because she’s awesome. Of course, we couldn’t forget Tink! I took a charm Cindy gave me and painted it to put it in a bottle cap. I think that’s it? Yeah, I’m going to say that’s it.
Accessories: I really do love the crocodile. I found myself a ring and made a wrist band out of various pieces of leather and a button I painted to look like an eyeball. The little chevron band is something I made a long time ago, just sort of has all Peter’s colors in it. The rings were part bought, part made. The leather one with the acorn I carved and dyed, and the dagger ring I rigged with a charm I painted. The raven’s claw is kind of a distant reference to a character in Kensington Gardens, but that’s not exactly Disneybound-related so much as just Peter Pan. Lastly, I made a little clip with a bottle full of pixie dust!
P.S. Please don’t hijack/alter/etc the idea. This took a long, long time to construct and is pretty dear to me and all that jazz.