There are a lot of male protagonists in video games. Like a lot. When a woman does somehow make it onto the main cast, she's often reduced to a passive, supporting role, maybe even as a girl-next-door love interest to remind our grisly hypermasculine protagonists to keep fighting. And when the writers decide that the "leading lady" has had enough time in the spotlight (usually about 20 minutes, depending on how fast you play through the tutorial), they have her dragged off to fill the damsel chair and await sweet, loving rescue at the callused hands of her rugged savior.
What a load of crap.
As game developers slowly join the rest of us in the 21st century, female characters are starting to take life by the controller in the active, well-developed roles they deserve. Good steps have already been taken, but we can move past baby steps. What could be better than one heroine? Try three.
Here are a handful of female-driven trios that deserve their own game.