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!

Trifler
Trifler

@sakajo If they already have a female model in the single player, there's really no excuse for not at least copying it for use in multiplayer.

kyle756
kyle756

@Hellagoth You are forgetting about Vasquez in aliens, she was one of the two smart gun wielders. She was also one of the last to die in the movie. The drop ship pilot was also female as well

336_07
336_07

@armedvigilante 

prometheus was straight trash...and yet i know people that saw it multiple times in theatres...fucking retarded

Hellagoth
Hellagoth

 @Jato_81 That's because their given dev kits their designed to work for the console and even if they are PC's they are very similar to their consoles. where as PC's can vary  and not every PC are gaming PC's so they have to downgrade the game for it to work. their not going to waist their time making a different version for every PC.

 

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

 @desmasic

 dontcha ever get tired of having some 300 pound dude come up to some 90 pound chick and get suplexed by the girl in her armor bikini?

 

he should really be saying 'now miss i dont want to hurt you...'

genesarereal
genesarereal

 @desmasic

 Borderlands was Gearbox's game and therefore had creative control over who was portrayed in that game. Aiens: colonial  Marines is published by Sega, its thier game. However Gearbox have been given alot of creative freedom too and therefore have every right as a game developer to choose which characters are portayed in the game. Doesnt matter if its in MP its still thier vision and has to make sense. Thngs like this divide a community. Gearbox have already been accused of being sexist or unfaitfhul to to the Aliens canon even before the game has been released, which in my view is totally unfair.  Where do you draw the line? Does a deveopler keep bowing to fans requests or do they want to make the game they want? Once you agree to such requests when do you stop? let Gearbox make the game without pressure so it can have the best chance to succeeed. All the moveis had lead female characters which is one of the reasons that made them so great. But this is a new game and storyline. Perhaps its time for new male protagonists after all this is the 21st century gender isnt an issue like it once was.

blackwing55
blackwing55

 @Oleg_Huzwog Its stated that their will be female characters in the campaign just not in the multiplayer

blackwing55
blackwing55

 @nrambo I perfer that to hippos and they probably not be scantly clad just sexier than the walking meat tanks around her.

nrambo
nrambo

wtf, gamespot, please update your comment system.  my post looked much nicer when it wasnt a wall of text.

blackwing55
blackwing55

 @01-cannon-mpc Heres more I thought of after posing my last one The Tomb raider series The metroid series  The main character in portal 2 and for some colouring the fifty cent game Mario Luigi Japanese games have japanese protaganists prodotype 2 and starhawk and i cant say for sure since the only one i have played is san andreas but the some games in GTA

blackwing55
blackwing55

 @01-cannon-mpc Heres four games from the top of my head with women main characters The final fantasies thirteen specifically x-2 if you think technically lighting isnt the main in ff13 mass effect a huge one you can play from the start to finish as a female another is skyrim.

desmasic
desmasic

 @01-cannon-mpc Get used to it. America is the only important country in the world. Aliens always attack America (esp. New York and LA) and always white people have to battle the aliens to save the galaxy while everyone else watching whities fight bad guys on national television.

 

thrice00
thrice00

 @desmasic  Reading only what you want and missing is point.

Who Cares ? What will we do next. Max Payne with a skirt to please you?

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

 @desmasic

 well we know some of you would rather be a woman yes.  I wont tell them about your dress tho susan lol.