The princess who saved the plumber

Posted: March 13, 2013 in Others, Posts by Emma
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Again apologises for the lack of posting, the flu has gotten worse and even today I feel the grey hazy cloud around me. I read about this on Sunday evening and have been meaning to write a blog about it ever since, but with lack of energy even to check such a mundane thing as Facebook then blogging went out the window.

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Basically a dad was playing Donkey Kong with his three year old. She wanted to play the Princess and save the plumber but her dad said that the game wouldn’t let that happen. She was pretty dismayed about the whole thing, as she would be. What little girl wants to be the plumber when she can be the princess?

So her dad went and did a little coding and changed Mario to Princess Peach and so on and so forth. This got me thinking about female heroines in video games, and wondering if Nintendo will bring out a Mario when he has been kidnapped and Princess Peach will have to save him or a Zelda where basically the same thing happens.

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The video game industry seems to be slowly catching up with heroines such as Chell, Lara, (Female) Commander Shepard and Lightning. But is it really equal? Are you fed up playing MMO’s where women have basically a piece of cloth on? Are you tired of playing men in video games? Or do you think that when it comes to video games equality shouldn’t be an issue?

I for one play games because I like the sound of them, not for the strong male or female lead. But as a woman I for one would like to save the plumber, after all, Princesses can climb ladders too.

Written by Emma McHugh

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Comments
  1. Very true!

    And that’s a supercool story, about that dad. Wish my boyfriend would do that sort of coding for me! ^^

    Not sure if it’s coincidence or if you saw it already, but there was a great vid (in my opinion) on FeministFrequency exactly about this topic: http://youtu.be/X6p5AZp7r_Q

  2. emmaatftw says:

    Nice video. I’d not seen it before but female video game equality has been a major problem. I am all for a dude in distress for a change. 🙂

  3. Interesting post. I think the problem is even if the lead character is female she tends to be pretty sexualised e.g. Lara Croft. I like how Portal had both a female heroine and a female “villian” and there was nothing sexual about it. I think game developers need to realise that girls like gaming too and they don’t want to play dudes or scantily clad women all the time!

    Btw, I’m from Scotland too! 🙂

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  6. emmaatftw says:

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