Ashley ‘ladyinsanity' Soriano , 22, started turning heads with her FPS skills when she competed in console shooters such as Call of Duty and Halo, but now she’s making waves as a StarCraft 2 competitor after winning the latest Iron Lady Bronze to Gold Mousepad Challenge. She tore through both the winner’s and loser’s brackets to the grand finals, where she faced her fellow teammate S4KuR4 for an intense rematch, during which ladyinsanity managed to even up the series then seal the deal with a 2-0 victory after S4KuR4’s subsequent forfeit.
I really do feel it’s time for our medium (computer games) to grow up. I think we don’t need to make the equivalent to a Michael Bay flick in order to sell five million copies. I think things can be exciting, have meaning and hit important topics, and I’m not the only one that thinks that. There are major franchises trying to have more meaning and be something more interesting.
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Call of Duty and other US-armed-forces-set shooter game franchises have never exactly been a font of female characters, regardless of whether they’re set in a time when women could or couldn’t serve in the armies depicted. Discussions over whether or not more women should be involved in the stories of the games often devolve in to talks about “realism,” whether having female soldiers is “realistic,” and whether “realism” is actually already present in rigorous amounts in a given video game. The Call of Duty franchise has covered a number of different eras of American history, from World War II, to the Cold War, and the modern “war on terror.” And while they’ve got a small group of female characters from French resistance fighters to Sarah Michelle Gellar (in a zombie themed map), the only playable female character in any actual CoD campaign has been Tanya Pavelovna, a sniper for the Russian army born sometime in the nineteen teens. This week, however, developer Treyarch started to reveal more about the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II, like how the game features a number of female npcs, and will eventually feature a playable female character.