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Could they? Would they ever consider it? It wasn’t until before the news of Grand Theft Auto V having multiple protagonists that I began to ponder this. I ventured into Grand Theft Auto forums and related articles for more of the fans opinions.
“I do feel sorry for all the women enjoying GTA while waiting for a female protagonist, but I think it wouldn’t suit the game in the same way as Vercetti or Bellic has and will do respectively.
I apologise to the women but I think men look better (personally)”
Loads of fans feel Grand Theft Auto is a game made for a male for a male.
Women have been portrayed in Grand Theft Auto with a number of roles: wives, girlfriends, hookers, siblings, crazy (look below for Catalina), drug pushers, pole dancers or mistresses. There’s probably a whole lot more that I missed but you get the picture.
I could agree with the Kotaku commenter, my main concern would be the reception I couldn’t see a female being received well in a main game but I still want to play as a woman in a Grand Theft Auto game for a change. Not because it wouldn’t suit the game, but I believe it would be best to add a female in a DLC game to start with (or a game similar to Vice City or San Andreas for example?) and see how the reception from fans would be. The sexist jokes (whether they are funny or not) and comments fan would make are bound to come indeed.
But would a female protagonist not open up to more gamers who would like a change of the countless male characters in the previous titles?
What I don’t understand is how some fans who are positive towards the idea were discussing that the female should be a strong figure but are there any Grand Theft Auto characters that start off strong? None of the males have been if you ask me. Look at Carl Johnson, Niko Bellic or even Claude for example. Some of them have a troubled past and attempt to fix their problems and others as the game progresses. A female can do the same right?
When discussing a female protagonist with missions, gamers believe femalecharacters are more of a silent type killer. They gave examples of using poison or being a hit-woman rather than an out-in-the-open killer. But then you would have to think that there is an example of that. Remember in San Andreas, there was Catalina? If you do not know who Catalina is, she was the main antagonist, Cesar’s cousin and Claude’s ex-girlfriend featured in the games, Grand Theft Auto III and San Andreas. In San Andreas, we got to see more of her aggressive and psychotic personality. Personally if there was ever a Grand Theft Auto playable female character in the future, I wish she wasn’t like her.
Personally, it’s too bad that not one of the multiple protagonist characters in GTA V is not a female but maybe it is best for now. I would definitely like to see a female character in a GTA sub-game not a main numerical game. There are some female and male gamers who would love to play a female protagonist for a change too.
What do you think guys?