DiamondLobby recreates game characters with female protagonists
The Ladies of DiamondLobby aim to improve diversity in the video game industry. Their most recent creative article revolves around the disheartening concept that female representation in games is still very low. Therefore, they worked with an artist to prove that these female video game heroes can exist with just a little touch.
The future is badass video game heroines
While working in depth in the industry, writer Brittney Lin engaged in data analysis to underpin the article. According to a 1998 Michigan State University study, only 15% of video games featured a female character or an active protagonist. More than two decades later, statistics indicate that 18% of the main heroes of video games were women, with the masculine aspect at 23%; the rest fall into genre ambiguity and titles featuring several protagonists from different genres.
Lin commented on the nature of the article and its inspiration, saying:
We wanted to show that female characters can look great without being hypersexualized, and that doesn’t get better demonstrated than with our overhaul Master Chief – whom we dubbed “Madam Chief” – who looks almost like his male counterpart. It only takes a quick Google search to see that when most people think of a female version of Master Chief, they think of breasts, legs, and more. But why? Master Chief wears full armor. Whether you are male or female, if you wear a bulletproof vest, you will look quite similar on the outside.
DiamondLobby works with Hossein Kalantari
After providing her research, Lin comes up with her idea to imagine that some AAA heroes would look like if they were female. If she and her team chose the heroes, they reached out to artist Hossein Kalantari to bring them to life. As a result, they’ve produced seven unique redesigns for some of the most well-known faces in the industry.
These include Captain Price, Michael De Santa, Alex Hunter, Master Chief, Ezio Auditore, Marcus Fenix, and Johnny Silverhand. With the supplied illustrations and the original illustrations, you can use the image sliders to see the before-after transition. With the exception of Price and Hunter, the heroines have been renamed correctly. Madame Chief fights the Covenant instead of John-117; Michelle De Santa returns to her criminal life; Eva da Firenze works in the shadows to serve the light; Sergeant Marcia Fenix is one of the COG’s most legendary soldiers; Jenny Silverhand is a complex fighter who aims to eliminate corrupt organizations.
The representation of women in video games is indeed a subject that needs more discussion. There is no doubt that a female protagonist is missing as the main hero of video games. And while it has improved in some areas, there is still room for improvement.
To check out the rest of the designs, be sure to visit the article here on the DiamondLobby website. What do you think of these amazing pieces? Which one do you prefer? Leave a comment below and let us know!