There has long remained an inaccurate stereotype that the gaming industry and its community is dominated by the male population based on the number of gamers that you come across who are men compared to women. Recent research has revealed the truth to be the exact opposite, as you will now find more women than men playing computer games as a source of entertainment and pleasure. The rise in girl gamer figures over the years has also required a rethink towards the number of female protagonists that games are based around, although you may not be aware that the character you play in the popular Portal series is actually a woman called Chell who symbolises the feministic whole of the game.
This is not to say that women have been excluded from being the lead figure in games forever, as the era of 'girl power' during the 1990s allowed a number of heroines to emerge and provide you with a powerful character that you can only help but like.
Gamers were able to play as the infamous Tomb Raider protagonist as far back at 1996 on the Sega Saturn and first every PlayStation console to hit the markets. It was arguably a period of time when gamers needed heroines to play as and provide a benchmark for others to be integrated as the lead character. Little did we know that Lara Croft would turn out to be one of the most popular protagonists in the gaming industry; you would be hard-pressed to find a gamer that has not played one of the Tomb Raider games, or at least know who Lara Croft is. It is therefore unsurprising that she holds the position as the 'Most Successful Human Virtual Game Heroin' in the Guinness World Record books, mainly through the level of female empowerment that she continues to deliver as Lara Croft changed the entire dynamics of the gaming industry and popular culture.
The original game character was based upon Angelie Jolie's role as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider films, and although you should be able to see past her sexual appeal and see her as a protagonist and a qualified archaeologist, her looks are arguably why so many male and female gamers have become so attached to her. On this basis, Lara Croft rightly makes it onto Euro Palace's list of the hottest female game characters as a sex icon that ultimately defines the role of female protagonist on a computer game. Other female characters may not necessarily have be based on Lara Croft, but they have her to thank for breaking the glass ceiling of what was once considered a male-orientated genre.
2008 release Mirror's Edge, which you can play on consoles, PC and on iOs devices, was arguably the title that brought parkour to the fore in the gaming industry, but it was also an iconic for another female protagonist who received wide acclaim from the gaming community. The action-adventure platform game allows you to take control of Faith Conners in a quasi-futuristic utopian world where she is employed as a courier (known as a "Runner" in the game) to pass personal messages to delegated personnel without trying to be spotted by government surveillance. When you discover that your sister, Kate, has been framed for the murder of mayor electorate Robert Page, you must navigate your way around numerous 3D-based levels that test your ability to use parkour skills in order to find the truth.
Being able to scale walls, go through ventilation shafts, climb over rooftops and roll under wired fencing brought an entirely new way of play into the gaming industry, with Mirror's Edge's success also promoting Faith Conners as a female protagonist through her amazing parkour abilities and determination to stand up tall in the midst of a totalitarian regime. The distinctive tattoo around her right eye is symbolic as her role as a "Runner" in a dystopian city that requires a heroine to save the day, and Faith Conners certainly delivers in some style.
Many gamers would argue that April Ryan is the greatest heroine ever to emerge from the industry, and judging by her role in adventure game The Longest Journey and its sequel, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, they may well have a case. The former of the two titles saw her emerge as a female protagonist in 1999 when 'girl power' was at its peak thanks to Lara Croft and the Spice Girls, but April Ryan is a character that will be forever remember across the gaming community. Although she does not have her own slot game on Euro Palace, an online casino that provides a wide range of slot, table and card games, along with progressive jackpot amounts that could change your life in seconds, like Lara Croft does, it takes nothing away from just how much of a powerful women she is.
She plays the role of a young art student who has wonderful abilities as a "Shifter" to move between the worlds of Arcardia and Stark, and is tasked with the responsibility of restoring the balance between both universes which is dissolving thanks to its Guardian's dereliction. Her unbelievable powers come to the fore throughout an engrossing point-and-click adventure in which she has to battle against evil spirits that are affecting her friends and protect the balance between the two worlds.
Her overwhelming powers and strength as a protagonist extend even further into the Dreamfall sequel that sees April face a battle against the Empire of Azadi which is filled with evil and corruption. Although gamers have been left disappointed by the fact that there has been no news of a third title in the pipeline, April Ryan will always retain her place as one of the most memorable character in adventure game history.