If you’ve got a daughter, you’ve no doubt thought about the representation of women in video games. Maybe some of your daughters have explicitly asked to play a game “as a girl.” Maybe you just want to teach your daughter that women aren’t relegated to the sidekick or the “princess in distress.” Maybe you just want more characters at your disposal.
Whatever the reason, you’ll be pleased with the Disney Infinity franchise. The Disney Infinity 2.0 launch has added a new handful of female characters, bringing the current tally of playable female characters to 14. It’s quite possibly the most female-inclusive video game ever.
Coincidentally, we talked about this recently on our podcast, (if you haven’t listened yet – please do!) and Tom Burns said that having female characters “was a big deal” for his daughter. In fact, I think it’s cool that a group of girls playing at a sleepover can all pick characters and play. Sure, not everyone will be clambering to play as Holly Shiftwell from Cars. But with characters like Gamora representing Marvel Super Heroes, Elsa and Anna from Frozen, and Tinker Bell on the roster, plenty of women – young and young-at-heart – will be pleased. Here’s the full list of female characters listed on the Disney Infinity website:
- Black Widow (The Avengers)
- Gamora (The Guardians of the Galaxy)
- Jasmine (Aladdin)
- Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)
- Merida (Brave)
- Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)
- Vanellope (Wreck-It Ralph)
- Rapunzel (Tangled)
- Anna (Frozen)
- Elsa (Frozen)
- Jessie (Toy Story)
- Mrs. Incredible (The Incredibles)
- Violet (The Incredibles)
- Holley Shiftwell (Cars)
That list of 14 female characters makes for almost one quarter (23.7288135593%) of the 59 currently released characters. There are currently only two females representing the Marvel Super Heroes – hopefully sales of female character figures will urge Disney to license more female super heroes.
Having female characters in video games means a lot to me. Not because I’m some kind of social justice warrior or because I want to see pixelated boobs in skin tight suits, but because I want options when I play. Frankly, sometimes it’s boring using muscle-bro after muscle-bro. And inclusion doesn’t have to be a big deal. Super Mario Bros. 2 let you use Princess Peach, and it was glorious. And when I play the Super Smash Bros. games, one of my go-to characters is Samus. Not because she’s a woman, but because I like her skill set, and hey, I’m a Metroid fan.
Many dads do want to offer their daughters more than the game industry has been able to offer; in the past, we’ve mentioned dads that have literally reprogrammed classic games to make the heroes female. And others simply search for games that they can be proud to show their daughters.
Do your daughters specifically seek out female characters when they play games? Do you? let us know in the comments!