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Awesome Female Video Game Heros

Women in video games are nothing particularly new. Any gamer can name a handful. And even someone with little game exposure can often at least name Princess Zelda, even if they may mistake her for Link and Princess Peach. But there is much more than a handful of well-known damsels in distress. And no, I am not discounting the heroic actions of the previously mentioned princesses; they have of course had their moments in the various settings and situations of the multitude of games that their male counterparts Link and Mario span.


But we want to look at more empowered heroines. The characters that make you feel as though you should cheer or weep for them regardless of gender. These are characters that show strength and skill that are not bordered by a sense of gender requirements. Some may be slightly sexualized, a subject that is slowly being corrected by many companies as years go on, after all video games are still a predominately male aimed genre. While others may seem oddly androgynous to the point, the player may not have even grasped their gender until it is revealed. Sometimes gender is simply not important to the story. In this series, we will cover several badass female video game characters.

Let’s start with Samus Aran. 

Now if you have been gaming for a while. Or simply do not live under a rock, you probably know who Samus is. For those who do not, I will take a moment to explain. Samus is the main character of the Metroid series. Introduced in 1986 game Metroid. Since then there have been numerous games with the character either as main character or playable in some manner. 

In the first Metroid game, we assumed the gender of the character male throughout the entire game, and she was even referred to as a male in the game booklet. It was not until the end of the game that the helmet of our hero is removed and the flowing blond hair reveals him to in fact be a her! Despite knowing this, I still got a thrill when I finally got through the game once I was old enough to play it.

My favorite 7 Days to Die Modpack!

So now and then you play a game in to the ground and need something to give you a boost, right? I know I do, so I like to experiment with mods. Lately I have picked up playing 7 Days to Die single player. Why? Because some times you want to shoot the heck out of zombies and get away from issues of other people. Or you know, you’re just an introverted nerd like me.

So I spent some time trying out some mods and came up with a list that gave me the most challenging, and most enjoyable experience. So without further rambling, here you are. 

War3zuk Mods All in One

This is a modpack for 7 Days to Die that I found on 7daystodiemods.com. This pack changes a good deal of the game, so if you are looking for a vanilla experience, this is not for you. However, if you have played the game to death and want to explore the creations long time players have made to improve the game. I would strongly suggest this.

There are about 49 mods in here. I say about because modpacks can change all the time as games are updated and mods are added or removed to fit the progress of a game. Though I’ve been using this pack for a while and have had no issues. If you want a change of pace, I suggest this pack.

My Obsession with Anne McCaffrey books

Anne McCaffrey has been my favorite author since I was about fifteen. Though my interest in her work started much earlier than that! My mother had picked up the books long before, I even had any idea reading could be fun! I heard her speaking to a friend about it. Though, unfortunately, I had a rather severe case of dyslexia growing up. In fact, it is probably still noticeable from time to time. 

Anyway, I wanted to know more about the story I heard my mother talking to her friends about, but it was entirely out of my reading skill area. So it was some years and a lot of hard work before I could finally pick up the books she spoke about so often. So I was about sixteen when I picked up The Dragonriders of Pern. For someone who still had a slight issue with reading, I am it was quiet the large book, three novels in one after all.

Soon however I found I adored this story so much that I sucked it up. Now I had to read it a few times to fully grasp the entire content. My reading comprehension as a teenager was still lacking, I had until this point avoided it as heavily as characters, given it had been so hard for so long. 

So what was it that kept me so interested and continues to bring me back years later? The characters.

The characters, you say? But Tawny, why is that? Well, the characters are the type you can get into, realistic and exciting to learn about! I do need to say, it’s not just the Pern series with fantastic characters, its every one she produced, and she gave us a lot of books during her life.

So if you want to get in to Anne McCaffrey’s rather large bibliography, where should you start?

I say start with Dragonflight, the first book in the Dragonriders of Pern!