It's a bit too early in the morning to get serious, but with all this controversy going around about female characters in games, we thought we'd at least touch on it.
Things kicked off a few days ago in the media with the news that Deep Down, a large scale open world RPG will not include any females. Combined with this article, this new kicked up a storm and despite the fact that the developer claims it's budget related and wouldn't fit in with the story, it seems some people are still not too pleased about the fact (which is obviously fair enough).
On a related note, we are often reminded that a lot games use the 'damsel in distress' formula to make the story work, although surely this is becoming less and less (perhaps with the exception of Mario games). There are many great examples of female characters in games, such as Ellie in The Last of Us, Lara in Tomb Raider and Faith in Mirror's Edge. Yet there still seems to be a lot of controversy around this subject. Perhaps that's because there are bad examples too; remember the old Lara? Or the countless Dead or Alive games and perhaps one of the worst offenders of all, Lollipop Chainsaw, which no-one seemed to bat an eyelid at?
So what do you think about this controversial subject? Are there enough female characters in video games? Are females portrayed in the right manner?