Lack of females in Aliens: Colonial Marines prompts gamer outrage, online petition. And quite rightly so

Another 'online petition started by outraged gamer' story. This time the protest is aimed in the direction of Aliens: Colonial Marines developer Gearbox Software and its decision not to include female characters in the game's multiplayer (although playable female marines are already confirmed for campaign mode).

Petition instigator Melissa K is asking for "the ability to create a CUSTOM female to represent ourselves just like the men can, in Multiplayer/Co-op in order for us to "Become a Colonial Marine"!" And it's a fair point. If any shooter should accommodate the XX chromosome as default, surely - logically - it's one based in the Aliens universe. You know, because Ripley. And Vasquez.

Above: Women are clearly visible in this picture (but we have pointed them out in case you have trouble finding them)

It'd be completely baffling if Gearbox did decide to keep multiplayer limited to men only - as made apparent in the Aliens movie, clearly the Colonial Marines are not prejudiced against recruiting people with vaginas. It'd be nice if the game could reflect the same open-mindedness to gender diversity in its own version of the make-believe military outfit.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is scheduled for release February 12 next year on every current platform (and Wii U), so there's still plenty of time for Gearbox to make changes. If you think it's right and proper that playable females deserve a place in the game's multiplayer component, you should definitely sign the petition.

Source: CVG


  • pr0tostar - July 5, 2012 4:26 p.m.

    This series centered around a woman who played a very maternal role throughout. I have my suspicions that this is just someone who found something to draw petition attention to, but in the context of the franchise, she makes a bitchin point.
  • BRiDeath - July 5, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    Halo Reach did it. No excuses.
  • vincent-wolf - July 4, 2012 11:29 p.m.

    Actually I support that. They want equal rights? I wanna see aliens to tear some b*tch's guts out, same like from male marines.
  • Nikku7 - July 4, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    This is about as stupid as... oh yeah, begging for more Mass Effect endings!
  • bash street kid - July 4, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    I'm getting a little concerned at these 'outraged' gamers trying to get the content of games altered. It should be up to the developers to create the work for better or worse. Saying that I was concerned at the lack of ethnic diversity in Demon's Souls
  • KA87 - July 4, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    There is kind of a lack of female protagonists, antagonists, and females in general when it comes to games. It feels like so many games are absolute dude fests. I think that a lot of game designers must live in time period BE (Before Eve) or are locked in a building with no females.
  • SideOfBeef - July 4, 2012 9:08 p.m.

    I was going to tear into people for being "outraged" about this, but I'm guessing nobody actually is.
  • nitefall04 - July 4, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    My main concern is getting a great Aliens game. I could care less if it has no female characters in it, which I'm sure it will have some female characters in it. Who cares if there are no female marines in the game? Are we really more concerned about this than whether or not it's better than past Alien video game failures? People are too sensitive.
  • bebl09 - July 4, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    *couldn't care less Saying you could care less means you actually care about it. Sorry, just a pet hate of mine when people (generally Americans) use this phrase wrong.
  • lance-baldwin - July 4, 2012 10:47 p.m.

    That's more of an internet thing and general laziness. I've never heard anyone ever say "could care less" in my entire life.
  • avantguardian - July 4, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    "Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?" "No. Have you?"
  • Icehearted - July 4, 2012 4:54 p.m.

    One of the best lines in the movie. Damn I love that macho bitch.
  • soma9999 - July 4, 2012 11:19 a.m.

    Petition signed in the name of equality, diversity, and authenticity to intellectual property. Do YOUR part this Fourth of July!
  • codystovall - July 4, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    I seem to have trouble caring..... Write an angry email or something.
  • Viron - July 4, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    This is so retarded, I don't even know how to approach it. Well here I go: This just sounds like some attention whore who wants people to pay attention to them. This has nothing to do with anything other than someone feeling under loved or some shit. Please, leave reality.
  • DictatorStan - July 5, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    I can almost understand it due to the fact that films that the game is based on have a strong emphasis on strong female protagonists. And then I stop caring.
  • Bloodstorm - July 4, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    Ugh, this complaint in video games has become so over done that I wouldn't care if a video game never had a female character in it ever again. It is annoying. Gears got this complaint, and what happened, they made female characters, who are smaller and harder to actually shoot than the big, bulky counterparts of the opposite sex. Not saying this would be the case in every game, but it's a perfect example of where it didn't quite work out. Anyways, lets actually let the game be released before we start tearing into it. I mean, at one time this game was close to not existing at all. Is the lack of female multiplayer skins really a big deal? Hardly.
  • MasterBhater - July 4, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    If video games are to become more open to the opposite sex-and yes, the opposite sex DOES play video games-then developers need to make sure they don't feel "Alien"ated (ba-dum-tiss) I know that to some people the access to a female character in Colonial Marine's multiplayer is no big deal, but considering that the Alien franchise pioneered the idea of "badass females that aren't just eye candy" it actually makes sense that they are included. Unlike Gears, where the inclusion of female characters was unnecessary...although I still think the women had far more realistic proportions compared to the men.
  • yonderTheGreat - July 4, 2012 10:30 a.m.

    hilarious how "badass females that aren't just eye candy" evolved into "badass females can't be eye candy" Tho I don't disagree with anything else you pointed out. It's a legitimate concern.
  • FauxFurry - July 4, 2012 6:56 a.m.

    A lack of women in any Aliens related property is like making an adaptation of Dragon Ball Z where everyone is a sharply dressed puny bald headed mute who do all of their fighting with pistols and sensible strategies. It is so far outside of what it means to be appropriate that it doesn't even qualify as wrong.

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