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TitleRelease YearGenreSub-genrePlatformsChoice of characterSomething other than a straight, white girl?Empty Shell ProtagProblems
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Alice2000Action-AdventurePlatformerFemale player characterNo
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Alice: Madness Returns2011Action-AdventurePlatformerFemale player characterNo
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Aquaria2007Action-Adventure
2D sidescroller
Female player character
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Assassin's Creed: Liberation2012Action-AdventureStealthFemale player characterFrench-AfricanNo
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Atelier Totori2011RPGJRPGPS3, PS VitaFemale player characterNo
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Atelier Meruru2012RPGJRPGPS3, PS VitaFemale player characterNo
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Atelier Rorona2010RPGJRPGPS3, PS VitaFemale player characterNo
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Atelier Ayesha2013RPGJRPGPS3, PS VitaFemale player characterNo
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Atelier Escha and Logy2014RPGJRPGPS3, PS VitaMultiple player characters1F, 1MNo
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Bayonetta2010ActionPS3, 360, Wii UFemale player characterNoMale gaze
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Bayonetta 22014ActionWii UFemale player character
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Beyond Good & Evil2003Action-AdventurePC, PS3, 360Female player characterProbablyNo
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Beyond: Two Souls2013Action-AdventureNarrativePS3Multiple player characters1F, 1MNo
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Blackwell Legacy2006AdventurePC Female player characterNo
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Blackwell Unbound2007AdventurePCMultiple player characters1F, 1MNo
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Blackwell Convergence2009AdventurePCMultiple player characters1F, 1MNo
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Blackwell Deception2011AdventurePCMultiple player characters1F, 1MNo
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Blackwell Epiphany2014AdventurePCNo
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Bloodrayne2002Action
PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, PC
Female player characterNoMale gaze
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Borderlands2009Shooter1st personPS3, 360, PCChoice of player characters1F or 1/3M
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Broken Age2014AdventurePC, mobileMultiple player characters1F, 1M
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Broken Sword - Shadow of the Templars
1996AdventurePoint and clickPCMultiple player characters1F, 1MNo
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Chantelise - A Tale of Two Sisters2001RPGActionPCMultiple player characters2FNo
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Charnel House Trilogy2015AdventurePoint and clickPCFemale player characterNo
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Child of Light2014RPGPlatformerMost platformsFemale player characterNo
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Cibele2015AdventureNarrativePCFemale player characterNo
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Cinders2012PC
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Cognition2012AdventurePC, mobileFemale player characterNo
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Contrast2013PuzzlePlatformer
PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XOne
Female player characterYes
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Cooking Mama2006SimDS, iOSFemale player characterYes
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Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble
2008PuzzlePC
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Dead in Bermuda2015Sim
Resource Management
PCMultiple player characters3F, 4M?No
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Deathsmiles2010ActionShoot'em up360Multiple player characters4F
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Dino Crisis1999HorrorPSFemale player character
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Dino Crisis 22000Action-AdventureMultiple player characters1F, 1M
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Dino Crisis 32003Action-AdventureXboxMultiple player characters1F, 1M
Only a small part is played as the female character
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Dreamfall: The Longest Journey2006AdventureXbox, PCMultiple player characters2F, 1MYesNo
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Dreamfall Chapters2014AdventurePC
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Edna & Harvey2013AdventurePC
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Escape from Thunder Island2011PuzzleHidden objectPC1FNo
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Espgaluda 22010ShooterShmup360Multiple player characters2F, 1M?Yes
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Eternal Sonata2007RPGJRPG360, PS3Multiple player characters1F, 2M?No
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Fatal Frame2002HorrorPS2, XboxFemale player character
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Fatal Frame 22003HorrorPS2, XboxFemale player characterNo
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Fear Effect 2
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Fifth ElementActionPS1Female player character
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Final Fantasy VI1994RPGJRPG
SNES, PS, mobile
Female player character
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Final Fantasy X-22003RPGJRPGPS2, PS3, VitaFemale player characterNo
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Final Fantasy XIII2010RPGJRPGPS3, 360Female player characterNo
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Final Fantasy XIII-22012RPGJRPGPS3, 360Multiple player characters1F, 1MNo
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Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns
2014RPGJRPGPS3, 360Female player characterNo
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Folklore2007Action-AdventurePS3 Multiple player characters1F, 1MNo
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Fran Bow2015AdventureHorrorPCFemale player characterNo
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Gabriel Knight 21995AdventurePCMultiple player characters1F, 1M
Japanese-American
No
Grace is the smarter one of the duo, but also portrayed as a jealous shrew
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Gabriel Knight 31999AdventurePCMultiple player characters
Japanese-American
No
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Gianna Sisters2013PlatformerPuzzle
PC, 360, PS3, WiiU
Female player character
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Gone Home2013AdventureNarrativePCFemale player character
If you consider Sam the protagonist
No
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Gravity Ghost2015PlatformerPCFemale player characterNo
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Gray Matter2011AdventurePCFemale player characterNo
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Gurumin2007Action-AdventurePC, PSPFemale player character
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Hakuoki
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Haunting GroundHorror
Survival horror
PS2Female player characterNo
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Heavenly Sword2007Action-AdventurePS3Multiple player characters2FNo
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Heavy Metal: FAKK2000Shooter3rd personPCFemale player character
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Heavy Rain2010Action-AdventureNarrativePS3Multiple player characters1F, 3MNo
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Heroine's Quest2014AdventurePCFemale player character?
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Her Story2015AdventureFMVPC
Not really a player character
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Hunted: The Demon Forge2011ActionPC, 360, PS3Choice of player characters1F, 1MNo
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Hyperdimension Neptonia2011RPGJRPGPS3, VitaFemale player characterNo
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Jeanne D'Arc2007RPGTacticalPSPFemale player character
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J.U.L.I.A.2012AdventurePCFemale player characterNo
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Jurassic Park2011AdventureNarrativePC, PS3, 360Multiple player characters3F, 3M
1 woman is Costa Rican
No
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Keio Flying Squadron1993ShooterShmupSega CDFemale player characterNo
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King's Quest 41988AdventurePCFemale player character
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King's Quest 71994AdventurePCMultiple player characters2FNo
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Knytt Underground
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La Pucelle2004RPGTacticalPS2, PSP
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Leisure Suit Larry 31989AdventurePCMultiple player characters1F, 1M
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Leisure Suit Larry 51991AdventurePCMultiple player characters1F, 1M
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Life is Strange2015AdventureNarrativePC, XBox1Female player characterQueer
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Lilly Looking Through2013AdventurePCFemale player characterYes
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Lollipop Chainsaw2012Action360, PS3Female player character
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Long Live the Queen2012RPGSimPCFemale player character
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Longest Journey2000AdventurePCFemale player characterNo
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Magical Diary2011AdventureNarrativePCFemale player character?
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Metroid series
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Mirror's Edge2008Action-Adventure
PC, PS3, 360, mobile
Female player character
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Monument Valley2014PuzzleMobileFemale player characterYes
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Nancy Drew series
1998-2004
AdventurePC Female player characterNo
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Never Alone2014PlatformerMost systemsFemale player characterInuit
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No One Lives Forever2000Shooter
1st person, stealth
PC, PS2Female player characterNo
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No One Lives Forever 22002Shooter
1st person, stealth
PCFemale player characterNo
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Obscure2005HorrorPS2, XBoxMultiple player characters2F, 3MNo
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Odin Sphere2007RPGActionPS2Multiple player characters3F, 2M
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Okami2006Action-AdventurePS2, PS3, Wii
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Oni2001ActionPC, PS2Female player character
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Oxenfree2016AdventurePC, PS4, XB1Female player characterNo
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Parasite Eve1998RPGActionPSFemale player characterNo
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Parasite Eve 22000RPGActionPSFemale player characterNo
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