How the game changed my roommate’s perception about females…

To give some background my roommate comes from a culture which has some very strong gender roles…

So he was very impressed by the graphics of the game and was sitting with me as I started to play the game. As the game began he sighed "OH A FEMALE CHARACTER!!! meh" and as I progressed he chimed "A female going on an adventure", I could see that he was disappointed to see the main character as a female; none the less he was very engrossed in the game.

As the story began to progress, I could see him smiling and laughing at some of Aloy's dialogs and over the next few days as I progressed through the story, he finally said the words "I LIKE HER and want to play this game ".

This was a complete reversal from his opinion just a couple of days ago. After this, we got into a lengthy discussion about gender roles and how games like this and media in general, are important in changing a person's perception and providing a good role model for females.

Just wanted to thank the devs for creating an amazing game with an amazing character that is not treated as a sexual object (to pander the audience) but a normal person, looking at you Lara 🙁 …

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