Posted at 5:00 AM Feb 26, 2010
By Kiala Kazebee
When I first saw Rockstar's new trailer for Red Dead Redemption introducing us to the women of the game, I was super-excited (they were real characters! Not naked!), until I was hit with the cold water of knowledge dropped on me by my husband via chat messenger.
Dane: Ladies in video games ... wearing clothes GASP!(Dane would like me to mention he was "sort-of" kidding about the spandex part and if I "decided on [my] own" to wear spandex, he wouldn't second-guess me)
Kiala: And doing stuff on their own!
Kiala: Without MENS to protect them!
Dane: You can't play one, though
Dane: You play a dude
Dane: Well--it's not an RPG
Kiala: So? They could have picked a lady as the main character
Dane: At least it has tough ladies
Dane: They also could have picked a monkey
Kiala: It's irritating that we have to be cool with playing dudes but dudes don't have to be cool with playing ladies
Kiala: And monkeys are racist
Dane: What about Tomb Raider?
Dane: Or Bayonetta?
Kiala: Yeah, but look at those ladies ... all sexed up for men's eye pleasure
Dane: OK. I see what you're saying
Dane: But this game is primarily targeted at men
Kiala: Women like Westerns and I WANT TO PLAY IT
Dane: YOU CAN! As John Marsden like the rest of us
Kiala: I am going to punch you
Dane: Will you be wearing spandex when you do it? Cause I'd be fine with that.
Anyway, I still want to play this game and this "The Women" trailer is a nice nod in our general direction (marketing-wise), but I still want to play as a woman. I feel like this gambit is a salve to soothe any female hurt feelings out there, and while I appreciate the consideration and see it a step in the right direction, I wish they'd think of their entire audience from the GET-GO instead of throwing us a bone here and there.