Aliens: Colonial Marines female absence petition hits 1,800 signatures

Lack of playable women characters in Colonial Marines multiplayer sparks anger among fan community; petition reaches 1,800 signatures.

Last month, a live webchat with Aliens: Colonial Marines producer Brian Burleson revealed that female characters would not be playable in the multiplayer portion of the game. While they will be playable in the single-player campaign, the character customisation for multiplayer gameplay does not allow players to opt for a female character.

The lack of females in Colonial Marines has some online petitioners upset.

Ever since, the game has come under fire for what fans call an under-representation of female characters. iPetitions user Melissa K, username MOOSH89, started a petition at the beginning of June for females to be included in multiplayer. Her initial goal of 1,000 has been surpassed by nearly double, coming in at 1,873 at the time of writing. While the petition page insists that she is not "outraged," she states on the petitions page, "The Aliens franchise is dominated by strong females such as Ripley, Vasquez, Ferro, Dietrich, and most importantly, The Queen."

Developer Gearbox and Publisher Sega have yet to respond to the petition.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is set for release on February 12, 2013, on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. A Wii U release--to be the best-looking version--is also planned, but no release date has been announced.

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Totoran
Totoran

they really make a big mistake. All "aliens" movies have females actors in it and play a big part in it.  Lack of females means they don't even respect the movie itself.  They just want to make money out of the brand.  THAT’S IT. DONE 

sakajo
sakajo

what a load of bs, most games dont have playable female characters

uncle-link
uncle-link

Hudson : Hey Vasquez! Have you ever been mistaken for a man?

Vasquez: No, have you?

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

From the company that brought you "Duke Nukem Forever" and more specifically "Duke Nukem Forever's slappable wall boobs" comes: A game without strong female character representation!

 

*Pauses for deafening gasps of disbelief*

 

*Thinks he hears a single cricket fart off in the distance*

 

*Quietly wonders to himself why anyone would even pretend to give a damn about a game, co-developed by Sega, based on a film franchise(first red flag) what's been dead for well over a decade's cardboard cut out multiplayer avatars*

 

*Estimates about 1,823 out of the 1,873 people that signed the petition probably weren't going to buy the game anyway*

 

GET OUT OF MY BRAINS YOU MIND READING FREAKS!

Hellagoth
Hellagoth

this is after the movie aka rescue mission. Even now women aren't allowed to fight in the marines and the women in the movies where scientists or, hired hands. so why all the fuss

aiyobro
aiyobro

You know you women could also just GO OUTSIDE!

adders11
adders11

Makes no difference to me. If they do listen to this petition it'll just delay the game further.

baq99
baq99

Couldn't care less!  Keep women out of it unless you want to pop Ripley in there for a cameo.  Scrap the petition I say.  Let's start a petition to stop the petition!

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

I honestly don't care if they have females in the multiplayer or not, but the Alien movies have always had female protaganists in them.  It'd make more sense to include Vasquez in the MP portion of the game.  I'm kinda baffled that none of the COD or Battlefield games have female soldiers in them. I think it'd be kinda cool to play as a female in those games. You know, one for each class. You can choose either to be a male or female Engineer for example.... Those 2 franchises should get on that.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

well there are alot of wannabe tranvestites out there.

 

I prefer realism.  The woman can stay in the support roles :P

nogutsnoglory13
nogutsnoglory13

When I first seen the pre-order bonus I thought for sure Pvt.Vasquez was going to be in that lineup... or at least Ripley.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

Women are too scantily clad in some games: Shit fest

 

Women aren't in certain game modes: Shit fest

 

Honestly, women don't know how to fight their battles when it comes to their representation in games. How many CoD games and Battlefield games have been released without a single female soldier in ANY OF THEM?

 

I can't give two shits about their complaining right now cause they're so damn nit-picky. Getting on Princess Peach cause she's the sole reason why Mario would ever want to fight animals like 5X his size. Getting on other female roles cause their more or less scantily clad. Yet at the same time, I don't see men crying up a storm after seeing Gill and Urien from SFIII. There are loads of male characters with huge bodies, torn shirts, and massive muscles. Isn't that eye candy for women just as much as supple curves and "less clothes = more defense" logic is for men?

 

So now they're not in the game at all (at least not in multiplayer), and women are whining about it. How about you go about whining about it the right way and address the whole issue, and not just one instance. There's a crap load of FPS titles out there that you've skipped over...and you jump on THIS one? This "feminist gamer movement" thing is starting to look like PETA to me.

armedvigilante
armedvigilante

"such as  ripley, Vasquez, Ferro, Dietrich and most importantly the queen" hey you forgot elizabeth shaw!

haha jk prometheus sucked

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

wtf is that? Since when is that crap an issue ? I don't give a fuck if there is no female character in multiplayer. First I am not intersted in multiplayer. This is not Battlefield 3, this is ALIEN ! I would have bitching around if this was Mass Effect, but that is way out of any fuss. I guess the journalist who came up with this bullshit issue is out of inspiration. Fire him !

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Don't really care.Just add females to MP for most games.That solves the problem.

 

Still don't care though, i just play the game.I could play as a pony in the game with guns and rainbows and wouldn't care.I am shooting aliens.Good enough.

 

Well maybe omit the rainbows...

jonroxas
jonroxas

Wow... really? Who gives a crap!? It's aliens!!! I'd play as newt!!!!

Jato_81
Jato_81

"A Wii U release--to be the best-looking version" ?????? WTF??????

Why do all the Devs just take a big shit on PC gamers.. Games are made on PC, naturally  they should look and perform best on a PC. Instead if its a multi platform release we get the worst version on the game with crappy/sloppy/lazy ports where you can't adjust the visuals and have terrible controls that feel awkward...

PernicioEnigma
PernicioEnigma

Who the hell wants to play as a female character?

Orbitz89
Orbitz89

*Raises Hand*

How do i sign up for this chicken-shit outfit?

...Wait.

blackwing55
blackwing55

Wheres the petition for Cod and Battlefield and all though im no expert but wasnt there no female multiplayer characters in homefront,and medal of honour wheres the petition for that?

Powerwalk
Powerwalk

When a female is a main character in a horror movie it is 80% of the time really bad and cheesy so I'm guessing its the same for horror/action games.

 

desmasic
desmasic

I am a male but I still support this petition. Why treat females as outcast even though they pay for same shitty games as the rest of us? Stop being lazy and add female option in MP for female players. What, did Gearbox not make enough money selling Borderlands to hire someone to make female characters?

PeachyCats
PeachyCats

Are people really that disappointed  in the lack of female playable character or is it something else. Most games have not included females as lead roles and for good reasons im sure. The female gaming community is significantly smaller and usually overlooked completely so this shouldn't come as a surprise, people these days never fail to baffle me with how shallow they are anyone can be critisized for the least important of things.

Oleg_Huzwog
Oleg_Huzwog

Forget the equality crap.  Criticize them for simply not being faithful to the source material.  Aliens without women is like Spider-Man without webs.

Legojake94
Legojake94

why should there be a playable women character in there. you never played as one before in the series why throw a fit over this? yes AVP2 primal hunt had a playable Marine Girl but wtf u guys.

mihael88
mihael88

thats because this is game for men.

LUSSENHOP
LUSSENHOP

i don't see any point in playing as Drake if I can't team up with Vasquez, which i believe is a unisex sentiment. Who's gonna scream "Let's rock!" when I start rapid fire exploding xenomorphs all over the walls, or casually bring Bill Paxton's masculinity into question in the form of a witty comeback?

nrambo
nrambo

hate to sound like a male chauvinist here but something tells me these angry ladies wouldnt be happy even if there was a female character.chances are quite high that she would be scantily clad with a barbie body.  she tie into the plot likely through an attraction to one of the main male characters.im just stating what i think the developer would do, not would i would do personally.  it does kind of suck that women are stuck with this archetype if they want to be represented in games. 

Moosh89
Moosh89

Hi, Just making a quick correction to this story. There is no playable females in the Single Player. You play as Cpl. Christopher Winter. We are fine with that! We are not asking them to make a female Winter, we are all for a narrative experience but just asking for females for Multiplayer. Thanks for covering this for us! and thanks for the support everyone!

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

Hate me if you want but im tierd of every singel character being white, male and american fighting white men. Whould it ******* hurt then to give players the option to pick if thay want to play as male of female? Its not that ******* hard and might as well do that then to cram in all that other crap nobody likes. Like most of the pre-order that 90% of the time sucks anyway. Alof of devs/pubs could do with lisening to what there fans say sins thay are the ones goin to play it. And not do like Nintendo and lisen and then ignore what thay say and do something else. Because when fans ask for biger batery and you give them bigger screen then there is a big problem.

01-cannon-mpc
01-cannon-mpc

I agree, the devs/pubs only put in most of the time white, american men. You could actualy sue most devs for being racist and sexual discrimination sins there IS a law in one way or another that everythin have to be equal or fairly representetive or somethin like that. And the fact that thay HAVE women in singelplayer and then slap on the BS that thay wont be included in multiplayer is just the bigest pile of BS i have ever heard sins Civelasation 5 not including animations in multiplayer "to prevent lag" or whatever bs reason thay used. There is a tiny game nobody knows thats called World of Warcraft and then there is this other game thats not popular at all called Call of Duty. Thay have animations and it works fine. The REAL reason is thay are just ******* Lazy!

Powerwalk
Powerwalk

i don't see any kitchens in this game

Araknie
Araknie

Gamers must stop crying. It's amazing how  female gamers are growing and they want more and more female characters, it's only a game, if the story fits a female character ok if not well that's not a problem.

This is way we don't get serious attention to serious gaming problems, stop crying wolf out loud.

Miller0054
Miller0054

almost every game out there has playable female characters or one's you can create. Dead Island, Left 4 Dead, Skyrim, Street Fighter, Dragon's Dogma, should I keep going? Once again just make Pvt. Vasquez and Ripley DLC or something. This isn't womens rights movement, its a video game for the love of god.

Miller0054
Miller0054

Have you girls even played Left 4 Dead, Dead Island or ANY FIGHTING GAME, or ANY RPG? Hell there are plenty of female characters in multiplayer games, especially these games and almost every game. Play a video game once in a while, you don't know shi* and stop crying over spilt milk lolz. Bunch of banshees.

Miller0054
Miller0054

Ok I see your point, but do you know how long the true hardcore Alien movie fans out there that can recite the movie back to you with ease, have been waiting on this game!? I would love to play or create a character like Pvt. Vasquez or Ripley, but don't stop the making of the game for it. Jeez go cry over spilt milk on your own time. Hell you couldn't have the franchise if it weren't for Ripley, a FEMALE character. And man is Pvt. Vasquez awesome with that smart gun. I do have a life, I'm just a Sc Fi nerd. Deal with it .

lyterain
lyterain

Doesn't anyone find it funny the commentors on here who say that the people complaining have no life. But yet those same people just commented on something they deemed pointless so doesn't that prove you have no life either even more so. And if you really break it down playing videogames all together means you have no life anyway.

 

Also there is no conspiracy it's just a little petition not a million woman march in Washington. It's not about equality or feminism or treading on balls it's about shafting female characters who play a big part in the Alien Franchise (please watch the movies).

Serious
Serious

What about Newt? She did survive, what was it two months? ,on her own. Just saying. Why don't we put her in charge?

 

tommynj
tommynj

She is right, females should be included in multiplayer.

emacdaddy08
emacdaddy08

Easy guys, it's clearly going to be DLC down the road..

qead
qead

... give the aliens boobs?

setupdisk
setupdisk

If it wasn't based on Aliens I wold say who cares but the franchise is built around strong female characters. It's pretty silly not to include any.

tushwacker
tushwacker

The reason why it's better to have one body-type in multiplayer is because it makes things fair.. Whenever they add chick skins to multiplayer, they have all the stats stay the same except the girls are smaller targets, giving them the advantage. That's why, one body size for everybody makes the game more even and therefore better. If they want to go through the trouble of balancing things so that you can carry more gear, melee harder and handle weapon kick better if you're a big guy in order to compensate for you being a bigger target, then I would have no issue.

quartelli
quartelli

I wouldn't worry too much as the game will probably get re-scheduled once again and no one will be playing male or female characters.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Aliens is only the beginning...as next we will replace Master Chief with Mrs.Chief.Next is Kratos...Goddess of War.Next we will force to have a Princess of Persia.Further we gonna sue Miyamoto coz he is a sexist...he makes Zelda looks stupid! Bowser kindnaping her for the 20th time! But noone sees how Link is stupid! He looses for the 20th time his master sword,his grapple hook,his boomerang and big bombs! *sarcasm* 

Please...why some here act as we want to take something away from you guys. The petition is well written,in no way against males and in all respect to Gearbox.Read it.Over 3000 votes by time of writing this.