So, Nick.com STILL hasnt posted the premiere of book 3. I’ve unfollowed Korranation here on tumblr, and I will unfollow anyone who posts gifs, images or other spoilers before the nick.com uploads each week.
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I was reading an article about the misuse (or misunderstanding) of strong female characters in media, and realized something about the princess game concept I’ve been working on. If the Bechdel test were reversed - that is, having two male characters that talk to each other about something other than the female characters - my current concept wouldn’t pass.
My initial thought is, “Well, there’s nothing wrong with that.”
There’s a handful of shoujou manga and anime wouldn’t pass that test either. I might be mistaken on these, but Sailor Moon (at least the first season) and Cardcaptor Sakura spring to mind. Mamoru, Umino and Motoki don’t talk to each other, and Usagi’s brother and father talk almost exclusively about Usagi. And I don’t remember Syaoran ever talking to Toya or Yukito, and I can’t really recall a conversation between Toya and Yukito that wasn’t about Sakura.
I’m positive there’s quite a few American shows aimed specifically at girls that wouldn’t having a qualifying male cast either. And that’s where my pause comes in. Those shows have a predominately female fan base, almost exclusively so - male audiences are mostly absent from these.
But is that the only factor that alienates male audiences? Will I alienate any potential male players with a game that has only two male cast members who never even meet?
I realize, that if I set out with the goal to make a solid story with dynamic, living, breathing characters, it shouldn’t matter what gender players are for them to be able to relate. But it’s still something I want to keep in mind as I work.