A Cruel World

The Walking Dead the Video Game by Telltale Games is a video game based on the television show and comic The Walking Dead. The video game is not a normal game because the game is released episodically. There are three seasons each with five episodes; each episode lasts from two hours to four hours of gameplay.

One of the main characters that reoccurs throughout the series is Clementine. Clementine is a young girl who Lee takes under his wing when the zombie apocalypse starts in the first season. When the gamer first meets Clem, she an innocent and naïve girl. She does not know how to fight or survive in this harsh world. Lee trains her and tells her how to survive. Clem looks up to Lee and closely watches his actions in the first season. The two grow extremely close and he treats her like a daughter. Unfortunately, events spiral out of control and Clem is forced to kill Lee or let him turn into a walker. The turn of events breaks Clem out of the naïve bubble she was in and forces her to realize that she lives in a harsh world.

In the second season, the gamer plays as Clementine. In this season, she is more mature than the previous season. She is smarter and less naïve about the world around her. She has lost many people in the first season and she knows what loss is like. Therefore, she is hesitant to trust people and knows how to survive without anyone taking care of her. Clem meets new people during this season all of who are questionable and the player must make tough decisions to trust, kill, or spare people. A man that Clem thought died in the first season, comes back and it is the player’s choice if they want to trust or kill him. There are many outcomes at the end of the fifth episode of the season but everyone gets a similar ending with Clem caring for a toddler.

In the third season (which is still ongoing), Clem is finally a teenager. She is the most mature in this season because not only does she have to worry about herself but she has a child with her. This makes her mature faster and she is willing to do anything to protect him. She has become a ruthless killer who spares no one that she does not deem worthy. The player does not have full control of her like season 2 but can influence her actions and decisions. Clem has become a lone wolf and realizes that she does not need to travel with people to survive. Yet, in this season she ends up relying on strangers to get her out of tough situations. She learns to slowly trust these new people.

During these three seasons, Clementine’s character has grown. She has seen what the world has offer and learned from her mistakes. She has grown from a scared, native girl to a tough, harden teenager. No longer did she hide behind Lee, she can fight her own battles and protect the people who are close to her. She will never forget the people who helped her in life it is thanks to them she is alive. Clem continues to be a symbol for a strong, independent, female video game character and that is why I chose to talk about her in my last blog post.

 

A New Dawn

Aloy (A-loy) from Horizon Zero Dawn is a female character that lives in a post-apocalyptic universe. This game was released in February 28th to the general public. During the game, the gamer only plays Aloy. It is a role playing game (RPG) with action and adventure.

Aloy lives in a place called Mother’s Heart and she is an outcast within the Nora tribe. An outcast is a person without a mother. The Nora tribes lives within a matriarch society where women are leaders. As an outcast, she is treated poorly and people don’t want to associate with her. Rost takes her under his wing and trains her to hunt and fight.

To be accepted in society she was to win the Proving. The Proving is contest that if she wins, will help her gain knowledge about her mother and she will no longer be treated as an outcast. Unfortunately, events spiral out of control and Rost ends up sacrificing his life in order to protect Aloy. He asks her to keep living and never give up.

As events in the game unfold, Aloy goes on a long journey across Horizon. She learns about the metal creatures that inhabit Horizon and how they are connected to her origins. It is a self-discovery journey where she finds who her mother is and where she came from.

“Aloy is curious, determined and intent on uncovering the mysteries of her world” (horizonzerodawn.wiki.com/Aloy). She is not sexualized for the male gamer. She goes on a self-discovering journey by herself (some characters helped her but no major ones). Within the game, there is no emphasis on a romance. She goes on the journey for herself and no one is getting in her way.

I choose Aloy to talk about because the game recently came out. This a AAA gaming developer backed by Sony with a lead female character. Many games that have female characters are usually not the main character or the player choose to be female. Forcing the gamer to play as a woman is different than choosing to be a woman.

 

A Shard of Ice

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Yennefer (taken by Emily Angeline)

I choose to talk about Yennefer because she is not a side character that can be easily pushed to the side. Her relationship with other characters makes her a complicated character. The books and the video games create a unique story for her. Her story is not a love story about a man but a story of her own.

The Witcher is a series of novels that are written by Andrezej Sapkowski and were turned into video games. The video games follow the events that happened in the novels. A major character in the book and games is Yennefer of Vengerberg.

She is a sorceress from Vengerberg. Sorceress are beautiful women who have gone through physical changes to alter their appearance. Yennefer was originally a hunchback due to the physical abuse from her father when she was a child but magic altered her appearance. She can’t bear children due to the magical alterations on their bodies. She only wears black and white and smells like lilac and gooseberries. She wears her obsidian star necklace and has deep violet eyes.

Yennefer has a complicated relationship with Geralt. Throughout the books, they often fought with each because Yennefer pushes away the people she cares about. Many fans label her as a bitch or heartless. The reason why she is cold is because she has been hurt countless times before. Their destines are bound to each other after Geralt makes a wish to a genie. Therefore, Geralt and Yennefer will be linked to each other no matter what. They try to fight their density countless times but realize that sometimes you can’t fight destiny. Geralt and Yennefer love each other but events in the books prevent them from ever forming a healthy loving relationship.

Yennefer always longed for a child but could never have one. When Ciri came into her life, she became a mother figure to her and trained her in sorcery. The two became extremely close in the books and Yennefer would do anything to protect Ciri. Ciri is a link that ties Yennefer and Geralt together. Geralt trained Ciri as a young girl and so did Yennefer. They both came to see Ciri as their daughter. Their relationship is explored though the books and the games.

Yennefer does not appear in The Witcher or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings video games. She is mentioned in the previous games though. In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, she appears early and plays a major role in the game. She helps Geralt track down Ciri and helps fight alongside Geralt in major battles in the game. As the player, you can choose to pursue a romantic relationship with Yennefer.

In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, one of the side quests Yennefer asks you to do is to find a djinn that will break the spell that ties Geralt and Yenneefer’s destinies together. Once the spell is broken, Yennefer will ask Geralt if he has any feelings still. You can choose to either say that the magic is gone or that the magic is still there. If you choose to be in a relationship with her you can peruse other paths that involve Yennefer.