The Smurfette Principle: “Girls like Video Games?”

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November 30, 2012 by axelordz

A link to a website that lists and explores trophs (or “devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations”).

The “Smurfette Principle” explains that there’s a “tendency for works of fiction to have exactly one female amongst an ensemble of male characters, in spite of the fact that roughly half of the human race is female. Unless a show/game is purposefully aimed at a female viewing audience, the main characters will tend to be disproportionately male”.

Scroll down and click on the Video Games tab and you can see how many video games fall into the trope (along with TV shows, films, music, anime, radio, cartoons, etc.). Other tropes tie into this one and you can see how games tend to use said only woman as half of a romance subplot, have their main characteristic be “The Chick”, be feminized versions of already existing characters, etc. Girls really do fight an uphill battle when it comes to representation in video games.




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