Poll: Does the Gender or Race of a Game’s Protagonist Matter To You?

Yesterday, Jean-Maxime Moris, co-founder of the studio behind Capcom's upcoming action game Remember Me, explained to CVG why the game's protagonist is a mixed-race female.

"We wanted [Remember Me lead] Nilin to stand out.  I think these sort of issues become self-fulfilling prophesies; people saying that only white males sell so then everyone only does white males."

The idea that only white males are marketable protagonists is a theory that extends beyond the medium of video games.  I've heard a lot of movie producers claim the same thing.  "Not enough people are interested in a female or non-white lead."  And hence, most protagonists are white males.

But would a fairer sexed or minority lead really keep consumers away?

I'll be honest, this concept has always boggled my mind.  The idea that someone would refuse to see a movie or play a game they were otherwise interested in due to the gender or race of the main character has never made any sense to me.  I personally don't care what race or gender a game or movie's protagonist is.  If it looks good, I'll give it a go.

But what do y'all think?

This week's poll asks if the gender or race of a video game's protagonist has any bearing on your purchasing decision.  Does it matter to you?  Are you inclined to stick with a character of a particular race and/or gender?  Vote in the poll and fill the comments and our inbox (SuperPACPodcast@gmail.com) with your thoughts on the matter.  EZK and I look forward to hearing from you and discussing the topic on next week's podcast.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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