Link and Samus: How Do We See Our Video Game Heroes?

Hyrule Warriors
Hyrule Warriors
Hyrule Warriors
Hyrule Warriors

In the recent release of Shigeru Miyamoto franchise “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors,” there is a playable character of Link as a female rendition. Many gamers were surprised by this fact, yet they forget that this isn’t the first time the idea of gender was questioned through a game.

In the “Metroid” series, many presumed that Samus was a male character; until the helmet was removed to reveal Aran, a warrior of an alien race. This proved that Samus was a female character after all.

I think it’s a wonderful idea that game developers are trying to please more gamers by bridging the gap of gender roles among characters. I personally enjoy the idea of a female version of Link despite its closer resemblance to Zelda.

Was this the developers’ idea of allowing players a chance to play more characters similar to Princess Zelda, whereas before they had Sheik? Were they really trying to offer a way for other franchises to change how they choose what ratio of male and female characters to place in a game?

In my opinion, less game developers wanted to focus the game’s protagonist as a strong female role in fear that male gamers won’t be drawn to play it. Now female gamers are taken more seriously in the gaming community, hence being represented more in games.

What are your thoughts on the female Link?

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About Lauren W. 15 Articles
Hello, my name is Lauren. I try to be a pretty optimistic person and believe that a person should be viewed by their actions and how they treat others instead of their appearance or interests. I try to follow this belief because being blind/visually impaired makes it easy to be depressed, or focus on negative thoughts thinking I can’t do something. I never really considered myself as a “nerd” but have always been passionate about video games and musicals. Cartoons/ anime, and comics I also like. Music, writing, and coffee keeps me going so there’s a hint as to how to bribe me. I love a wide range of genres of music but mostly show tunes, top 40, rock, and pop are what I listen to the most. I have a high respect for those that can make their own cosplay costumes, and I love dressing up and attending conventions.

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