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So I just beat the Knights of the Old Republic games, and I'm looking at stuff for The Old Republic (Bioware's free-to-play MMORPG based on them), and the opening movies are unbelievably Troperrific. What really strikes me about them, though, is how sexist they are, which is ironic considering you can play a male or female character in both TOR and the KotOR series.

If you're not convinced that they're sexist, here's the second movie:

And here's a gender inversion based on it!

Spoilers for a five-minute cutscene. )

I realize this is supposed to be a positive portrayal of a female character, but the message it sends is "You have to be this good." If you're a girl, you don't get to be one of the grunts on the ground; you only get to fight if you're the Manic Pixie Warrior Princess. Which is really unfortunate if you don't happen to have Force powers, like the power of instant battlefield dry cleaning and hair washing.

The game itself will let you play as a female Trooper, and you'll go through the same storyline as the male grunts. You just wouldn't know it from the packaging.

Want to see a good contrast?

Check out this trailer for DUST 514, the free-to-play PS3 shooter set in the EVE Online verse.

Note how she isn't portrayed as anything special at first. She's just another soldier. A cool soldier, but not a strange or exceptional sight on the battlefield, and she wears the same armour and uses the same equipment as the guys out there.

I've been playing DUST 514 for a little while, and I haven't been harassed a lot in it and have even gotten some compliments on my skill, although it helps that I keep voice chat turned off. I don't know how the games' communities compare, except that EVE Online itself (a PC MMORPG) has unbelievably sexist players. I just wanted to point this video out as an example of Doing It Right. And I love that I finally get to play a real FPS not just as a female character, but as a personal one.

Looking forward to trying out TOR!

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