Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty Multiplayer a Good Thing?

August 21, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

Despite the fact that a fair number of its games take place in the modern day, the Call of Duty series has never included women as playable characters in its main multiplayer mode.  Hell, so far as I know, Tanya Pavelovna from the single player campaign of 2004's Call of Duty: Finest Hour is the only playable female character in the history of the entire series!

Until now, that is.

Revealed in a recent multiplayer trailer (about the 2:39 mark), the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts will allow gamers to play as female combatants in multiplayer mode.

Speaking to Kotaku, developer Infinity Ward's Mark Rubin confirmed that female characters have the same hit box as males so you don't have to worry about one gender having an unfair advantage over the other.

Knowing that, is the inclusion of women in CoD multiplayer a good thing or a bad thing? 

Simple yes or no question this week, folks.  Be that as it may, we want to know why you voted the way you did so please expand on your answer in the comments section below or in an email to us at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com.

To be fair, I believe you can take control of Chloe Lynch in one optional mission of Black Ops II (once you find and rescue her anyway) so she might count too.  And there have been two or three playable females in the various Zombies modes including Sarah Michelle Gellar.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen just did a video on this very subject.  Watch it!


Comments

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

Unless it has an actual effect on game play I do not care what gender. It's all polygons. That said, the worst part could be other players, some people assume only women play female characters and yeah.... I voted yes, I do not think its bad thing.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

Definitely a good thing, since games like Goldeneye and Unreal Tournament did this over a decade ago.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

Sure it good news for female players or anyone who like to play female characters.  Hopefully the a-holes don't end up ruining it for them.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

On one hand, it's commendable that they're at least making progress into being an all inclusive environment for players. On the other, there's a reason why everyone brings up Xbox Live when talking about gamers behaving badly.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

It's very easy to say "Who cares?" if you're a guy and have played guy characters for years or decades.

The question becomes a little more complicated for those guys who have the imagination to understand how annoying it might be to have been a guy gamer who, in 95% of games, has been forced to play female characters. Yeah, once or twice it's fine; three or four times even; by game number 20, having only been able to play one game as a guy, it might get a bit frustrating.

That's the reality women gamers are faced with. It's just fricken lame. This is 2013, not 1813.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

Well put.  People who are accustomed to 'just people' meaning them tend to not really notice that others are not terribly well represented and how the two situations do not really feel the same.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

I think its a great idea and might help change some gender role bias for once. Beyond that, I have a knuckle dragging friend who is always playing the misogynistic card and I plan to play as the female character (even though I'm a guy) and whip his ass in this game regularly just to rub it in.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

Where's the "Who cares?" option?  Last time I played CoD was when it came bundled with a video card.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

I personally don't care either way.  I just wanna shoot some zombies.

Besides - I got Splinter Cell: Blacklist.  I'm too busy killing virtual terrorists to care about killing virtual women.

--- With the first link, the chain is forged.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

What took it so long?

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

The claim that they were trying to be "Realistic" in the games and how (Officially) women aren't allowed on the front lines as infantary, let alone spec ops...

Unofficially, they've been in similar area's up front for years now.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

I answered 'yes', but truthfully I think it's mainly being shoehorned in to appease some women's power group that decided to raise hell over there not being a playable woman in CoD games... Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad idea, just that they could have earlier (and did at least once from the sound of it) but didn't.

It's not going to change anything really.

Re: Poll: Was Including Female Combatants in Call of Duty ...

While handling violence against women is always a tricky issue, esp given how often video game developers handle male and female characters in the same game so differently (i.e. the old 'power fantasy vs object of sexual desire), looking at how they handled it in this case I think they did good.  Acknowledging women in combat without making them fetishy targets nor underpowered tokens.

 
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