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The First Lady of Video Game VO on the need for female protagonists

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Commander-(Shepard)-in-Chief and all round fantastic woman Jennifer Hale speaks out on the gaming world's increasing demand for well written, badass female leads.


The actress, who has V.O'd characters for 142(!!!) games across a 20 year career - from Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego to Bioshock Infinite - thinks that the time is right for both the industry and the consumer to push for more female heroes in their games:

"I challenge all writers out there to have a look at your lead character and unless they're specifically talking about their anatomy, that character could be a woman. Just change the name if you have to and try it. Because the time is here," she says.

"Look at Commander Shepard, you look at awesome characters like, looking at Game of Thrones - Brienne of Tarth, what a great character she is. Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, these characters breaking the gender barriers in the way they're behaving in their worlds. And that can happen anywhere. I challenge you writers to do it because, frankly, the audience is starving for it."


The rest of the interview is quite interesting touching on a bunch of stuff, like working with Ken Levine on Bioshock, and the fan backlash to Mass Effect 3's original ending. Check it out!

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