Playable female character
Games with a playable female character are noteworthy because, although women make up roughly 50% of the world's population, games which feature playable female characters make up far less. Those few games that do feature a playable female character often have her as a single female in an otherwise all-male cast, or change the character portrait and swap an "M" with an "F" in a status box. Since having a playable female character is a novel concept, I have made a category for it on my Wiki. Most gaming databases have lists for female protagonists, but my site expands the category to any playable female character, even if she's a side-kick or other minor playable character. Games which feature a playable female character often also have a strong female character, though not always.
The first game I ever remember playing where a playable female character was a notable experience for me was King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella around 1989. Although I had played games like Ms. Pac-Man before, the fact that she was female was totally irrelevant to the game, so I never really considered it to be important. At first, I didn't like the idea of having to play a princess in a game because I wanted to live out my boyish fantasies of being a strong heroic knight, however, as I matured and my tasted in fiction became more nuanced, I began to really appreciate games which feature playable female characters. I'm pleased to see that percentage has been increasing over the years, but there is still a long way to go before playable women appear in a tenth of the games being made, let alone half.
These are games that are important to me which feature a playable female character. For all games, see the category.
|Borderlands||2009-10-20||One of the playable classes is Lilith the siren.|
|Borderlands 2||2012-09-18||One of the playable classes is Maya the siren.|
|Diablo||1996-12-31||The rogue class is female.|
|Diddy Kong Racing||1997-11-21||Pipsy is the only female kart racer.|
|Final Fantasy VI||1994-04-02||Playable female characters include Terra, Celes, and Relm.|
|Gauntlet||1985-??-??||The Valkyrie is female.|
|Golden Axe||1989-05-??||Tyris Flare.|
|Gone Home||2013-08-15||The game's protagonist Katie.|
|Her Story||2015-06-23||The game's protagonist is female.|
|King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella||1988-??-??||The protagonist Rosella.|
|Left 4 Dead||2008-11-17||One of the survivors is Zoey.|
|Left 4 Dead 2||2009-11-17||One of the survivors is Rochelle.|
|Mario Kart 64||1996-12-14||Princess Peach is the only female kart racer.|
|Metroid series||1986-08-06||The bounty hunter Samus Aran is a woman.|
|Portal series||2007-10-10||The protagonist Chell.|
|Secret of Mana||1993-08-06||Primm.|
|Super Mario Bros. 2||1988-10-??||Princess Peach.|
|Ultima series||1981-??-??||Almost all of the Ultima titles allow you to play a female character, and later titles even alter the player's graphics.|