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Choose Mass Effect 3's female Shepard

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It's not often that you get to play a part—however small—in the development or marketing of a game. BioWare is giving fans such an opportunity. Illustrating one of the ways social networks are actually useful, BioWare has launched a promotion where fans can vote via Facebook, on the "default female Shepard" that will be used in Mass Effect 3. Fans get to chose from six different looks—actually it's just different faces while the bodies remain the same—and you vote by liking the image that you want to see win.

Not surprisingly, the blond Shepard is in the lead with the non-traditional female characters trailing far behind. Not that I am complaining. If that is what the fans are voting for then so be it. It would be nice to see some variety in the characters in videogames these days and if you are like me you are voting for Shepard 4 or Shepard 5.

Mass Effect 3 Female Shepard Facebook Mass Effect 3 Female Shepard Facebook

Mass Effect 3 Female Shepard Facebook Mass Effect 3 Female Shepard Facebook

Mass Effect 3 Female Shepard Facebook Mass Effect 3 Female Shepard Facebook

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Category Tags
Platform(s): Xbox 360   PS3  
Developer(s): BioWare  
Series: Mass Effect  
Genre(s): Role-Playing   Shooting  
Topic(s): Gender Roles   Game Design & Dev  

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You didn't think the choice

You didn't think the choice was hollow, given that every face is obviously that of a white woman (regardless of skin pigment) or that every body is that of a super-model/pornstar?

I look at the first KotOR and I think, "Well, they have every female look amazing because they didn't have the resources for fatties. Even Mission looked great as a teenager, because there isn't the computer power in these game to have more realistic diversity. They could have 1 female form, and they decided that it ought to look good."

Flash forward - still the same boob and ass factory pumping out these fembots. I'm a guy, and these picture-perfect female characters are starting to make ME feel inadequate.

The Shepard with the long

The Shepard with the long blonde hair looks ridiculous. It's like If Mattel made Space Marine Barbie. I don't mean to insult blonde people or generalize them in any way, but when a female character is given long blonde hair, it's hard to view it as anything but sexual pandering. Ashley Williams had her hair tied back because it was practical, so I don't see the point of having a haircut like that.

Then again, I won't be using the default fem Shep regardless, so it's not a big deal.

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