Posted by : Wendy B Wednesday, 14 August 2013

I bought Remember Me on principle after learning that several big name gaming companies turned down DONTNOD with the excuse of not wanting to take a financial risk on a lead female protagonist (of colour) who’s name is not Lara Croft.

However, the fact that Nilin was a woman meant that when the game was shown to potential publishers, many were discouraged from backing the project, saying that a male character would sell better.Also against the game were its protagonist's race and the general structure of the game, in that the majority of human enemies were taken down non-fatally. Moris has stated in a different interview that one of the challenges with designing Nilin was creating a protagonist that was not over-sexualised or ineffective, saying: "You have to avoid the pitfalls of making her just a damsel in distress or a sex bomb, because this is what you think would appeal most to the hordes of men that constitute your fan base" [x]
I bought this game because, as a woman of colour human being, I was hellbent on fighting such bigotry within an industry that has become such a big influence on my life.

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