Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bechdel Test for Video Games: It's time



There is a test that people have created for movies to judge their female roles. It's called the Bechdel Test and I'm starting to see how it is needed across all media. We're making things worse for women all of the time, step by step, taking them back to the dark ages. And it's ​seriously ​whittling down ​real job ​opportunities for our future generations.

"The Bechdel Test is a simple way to gauge the active presence of female characters in Hollywood films and just how well rounded and complete those roles are. It was created by Allison Bechdel in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985. It is astonishing the number of popular movies that can’t pass this simple test. It demonstrates how women’s complex and interesting lives are underrepresented or non existent in the film industry.  We have jobs, creative projects, friendships and struggles among many other things that are actually interesting in our lives… so Hollywood, start writing about it!" - from The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies

Here's the test, in its remarkable simplicity:
(1) it has to have at least two named women characters in it, who 
(2) who talk to each other, about 
(3) something besides a man.

Why isn't this test being run against video games? 

I've found a couple of references online, but none are curated:
I lifted this quote from a site lamenting about the state of movies:

' There are plenty of people, it seems, who are fatigued by watching films, in the words of Honess Roe, about "men running around blowing each other up while women sit about in inappropriate clothes, waiting to be rescued." '

We're having the same problem in video games, but are we afraid to say it?

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