While basic good-versus-evil narratives still reign in video games, titles are increasingly moving away from the over-the-top masculinity of the past and toward more nuance and complexity, OZY reports. Players can now navigate games as female characters that are more action hero than sex symbol, or follow macho protagonists with emotional depth and conscience. And while there’s still a long way to go, female gamers, who now make up 45 percent of the market, welcome the shift.
Is this the future? Researchers say industry demographics are changing and developers are meeting the demands of an increasingly sophisticated, older audience.