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    19 Helpful Hints About How To Design Women In Video Games

    "Bigger brains, not bigger boobs."

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    We asked cosplayers at PAX Prime, the largest gaming expo in America, if you could get game developers in a room for 5 minutes, what would you tell them about how to better portray women in gaming? Here are the best of the responses.

    1. This Link wanted heroines front and center.

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    "Boxart featuring female protagonists!"

    2. This Luigi thought video games should be less gender-normative.

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    "I think female video game characters don't need to be scantily clad nor in gender specific colors."

    3. Even when we do get a woman in charge, they're often white.

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    4. "Women of color" doesn't mean blue, green, or red.

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    "More women of different color(s)."

    5. So dare to make a WOC the lead sometimes.

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    "More women of color as heroines and less as background characters."

    6. When you create a character, there's usually only one "plastic" body type, as one con attendee told us.

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    "Give me different body types!!"

    7. There's beauty in variety.

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    "Women come in lots of different shapes. Variety is interesting." And yes, there is a woman underneath that.

    8. Women characters are often written in a stereotypical fashion.

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    "Less whiney, trope-y girls."

    9. There's so many different types of strong, so let's put on some muscle.

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    "More strong female characters please!"

    10. But in all that, don't forget that games still have to be GOOD.

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    "Your game can be the prettiest in the world, but if the gameplay sucks, screw it."

    11. This cosplayer talked about how her character was the strongest in Final Fantasy XIII and that should be more common.

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    "More empowering women."

    12. This Cthulu cosplayer really summed it all up in terms of design and writing.

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    "I need believable women!"

    13. This Nurse Joy had some good examples developers should be looking at.

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    "More characters like Red from Transistor - talented & badass."

    14. This Terra Online fan wanted design to match reality.

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    "Having females be more realistic & actually look like a strong fighter."

    15. No. More. Boob. Cutouts. In. Armor.

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    "I think female game characters need more epic full armor sets. Like those arrows/bullets/etc aren't just gonna hit yo tits tho. :>"

    16. Behold: the two cardinal sins of modeling a 3D woman.

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    "Boob physics + hip swaying = UNNECESSARY."

    17. Less of this.

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    "Less tight, shiny outfits. 😩"

    18. This Tharja wanted armor that actually served its purpose.

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    "More practical armor!"

    19. Keep your design focus on the important things please.

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    "Bigger brains, not bigger boobs!"

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