Top Five Gender-Bending Game Characters
Critics often call gaming a straight man’s world. But in a virtual realm when women can play male characters and men can play as females—when we simply have fun connecting through an identity not centered on sexual orientation—video game players may unintentionally create a genderless community.
Players complete puzzles and challenges, guided by a computer artificial intelligence, without ever knowing what their character looks like. That is until they pass a mirror-like portal and see a woman staring back at them.
3. The Sims
Players in the Halo series sport heavy armor, removing the need or desire for the male or female forms, as guys and gals play online together (often unknowingly) to save their world.
People remember Birdo as the lovable mini-boss who spits eggs at the end of every Super Mario Bros. 2 stage. As it turns out, this character also confronted gender norms, wearing a red bow on his head with pride. The manual for Super Mario Bros. 2 (US) says our gender-bending friend “thinks he is a girl,” and would “rather be called Birdetta.”
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