Gender equality has become a major topic in all of society for quite some time now. The dictionary defines gender equality as the state in which access to rights or opportunities is unaffected by gender. This means that both men and women are treated equal in all aspects of life. As a human society we have made great advancements in this gender equality, as the way the world viewed women has changed immensely over the years. A lot of this is due to women speaking out, earning rights, and overall fighting for gender equality.
Society in recent times has moved more and more towards equality as a whole, whether this is gender equality, sexuality, etc. people are becoming more and more open to the ideas that others share. I think this is great and has helped to propel a lot of movements around the globe such LGBT movements, religious rights movements, and gender equality movements.
One place that I personally believe has made a lot of progress over the years is the gaming industry. I even found some articles talking about how the gaming industry can improve the gender equality, these articles include “Gender Equality in the Video Game Industry”, “Game industry has ‘to do better’ for gender equality”, and “The Slow Evolution of Women in Video Games”. The gaming industry forever has been male dominated, whether it is the people creating the games, the characters within the games, or the people playing the games. Overall when people think of the gaming industry, and the gaming society as a whole they tend to think of men and how they dominate the gaming community. When you think of the games itself, usually it is thought to be sports games such as Madden, NBA, FIFA, etc. these games themselves most of the time only have males within the games and females are nowhere to be found. This is also can be found in most shooting games, and games in general for the majority of since the gaming industry has been created. The thought of female characters in video games is rare, as even if there are females in games they are usually portrayed in specific ways. Such as a girl that is attractive, where’s tight clothing, for example the game Lara Croft, Lara is the main character and is dressed in all tight clothing. Most people may view this as sexist and say that the way that the gaming industry portrays women can be very degrading.
The gaming industry, is one of the most popular topics for most teenage boys in the world, however what people don’t realize is that there are actually a lot of female gamers as well, an article that goes more in depth is “Study Shows Which Video Game Genres Women Play Most”. In fact, 45% of gamers are female, which is surprising to most as people would think that men would dominate the gaming industry, even though males are still the majority of gamers, females are not very far behind. To add to that, if I were to ask you what age group/gender makes up the greatest population of gamers. Most people would think it would be teenage males, however the largest population of gamers is actually women aged 18 and above. With this knowledge being known why is there not more video games geared towards women? Well because these statistics are becoming more known by the day, we have seen major advancements by the gaming community.
First, when looking at sports video games, Sports video games for the longest times were always dominated by just males, they would be the ones to create the game, be the characters in the game, and play the game, I found an article that even questioned this gender inequality, titled “Where are all the women sports stars in video games?.” This article goes in depth of the great women athletes in the world and how they should be included in these games. However in recent times we have seen some changes to this. For example in most sports games, there are now a lot of female announcers, who will commentate the games instead of just male announcers. When looking at the NBA 2K series, one of the main announcers of the game is Doris Burke, who always makes an appearance in every gameplay experience. Along with this NBA 2K has created a show within their game called 2KTV, this show is hosted by a female to add more gender equality into the game, her name is Rachel Demita and she is a fan favorite amongst the community, and can be seen as one of the top spokespeople for the game itself. Taking it a step further was the FIFA series, they were the first series to incorporate women as players into the video game, there is an article behind the reasoning why FIFA made this move titled, “Behind EA’s push to put more women in sports games”. This was first seen in FIFA 17 and continued through FIFA 18, this was a big step I believe for the sports gaming community, as I believe many other sports games are to follow, such as a new cricket game that is emerging, and has stated that there will be a whole collection of female teams within the game. FIFA also hopes to incorporate more and more teams each year with females into their games. As you can see the sports gaming community has made a huge push for trying to include more and more females in any way possible.
Second, we can take a look at shooting/fighting games, first looking at the popular series of Mortal Kombat, they have always incorporated female characters into the game, and they continue to add more and more in each game. This in itself shows how the creators of the game care about the equal treatment of both males and females within their own game, as they understand that their game reaches a high population from both genders. Now we will take a look at perhaps one of the most popular game series of all time, Call of Duty, the reason i found this was an article i found titled, “Yes, you should be able to play as women in Call of Duty: WWII” this article gives reasoning why women should be incorporated into the game. Call of Duty is known as the top tier shooting game in the world, and forever has been mainly geared to men with having limited to no females within the game. However recently the creators of Call of Duty have made a huge step forward. They began to allow players to make their characters female, instead of just male for their multiplayer series. This means that you can now be both male and female so that if females are playing the game they do not feel limited to just having to choose from male characters. Another thing that the series has incorporated is female characters within the story mode of the campaign, this is a big deal, and I believe this is a huge step for the gaming community as a whole. Call of Duty is known as one of the most famous video games of all time and to see them try and create a more gender equal environment within the gaming community, can help for future games to also do the same. This also goes for the sports video games, which are also very popular amongst the gaming community, with both types of games making movements towards gender equality I believe a lot of games will continue to follow in the future.
As you can see, the gaming industry has made great progress over time in creating a more open community to both genders. I strongly believe that this has to do with the influence of society. The gaming industry has made great movements towards more gender equality within their games. Because of this I believe that the future is bright for gender equality not only in the gaming world, but in the real world itself. It is really great to see what the influence of people can do, and how by just spreading the word, people can make a huge difference in the world as a whole.
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