No doubt the female lead role has been around quite some time in the video game universe. But, I know there are some out there that still don't want to play as a woman in a video game. Maybe they can't see themselves playing a female role because they can't picture a woman being a fighter. Maybe it's because they're use to playing as a male character it just doesn't seems too unusual. Or maybe it has to do with deep issues or insecurities that make you uncomfortable as a man that keeps you from playing as a female character.
I use Sakura now for Street Fighter IV. It's not only her cuteness that made me want to select her. She's a faster, but a weaker Ryu. See, I'm pretty comfortable playing as anyone or anything. Now I just got Final Fantasy XIII and it inspired me to post a thread like this since Final Fantasy games in the main series usually have a male lead role you would play as. I'm sure that some of the gamers out there probably didn't buy this game because Lightning is the one who's in the spotlight most of the time.