Tomb Raider's Lara Croft and BioShock Infinite's Elizabeth (Credit: Square-Enix/2K Games)Female characters have had a rather dubious run in the video game world. When they aren't damsels in distress, they're oversexualized stereotypes meant to titillate rather than foster a sense of empowerment in players.
There have been exceptions, of course -- Half-Life 2's Alyx or Samus from Metroid -- but progress has been slow. In the past year, though, the exceptions are starting to become … well, if not the rule, less of the exception.
Whether it's the rebirth of iconic female protagonist Lara Croft or the depth of a non-playable companion like BioShock Infinite's Elizabeth, more and more female characters are showing a strength that writers and developers have denied them previously.Read More »from Female video game characters shedding stereotypes