Bedlam FPS Attempts to Redress the Gender Imbalance in Games

UK developer Redbedlam has announced that the protagonist in its new first person shooter Bedlam will go against the usual stereotypical muscle-bound stubble-mountain by being a lady with attitude.

Players will take on the role of Heather Quinn (aka Athena), a programmer at medical scanning developer Neurosphere who finds herself transported into the world of Starfire: a nineties FPS she remembers from her teen years. Searching for an explanation and a way home, she ventures beyond Starfire to discover a vast realm of interconnected game worlds documenting the evolution of the FPS genre and of video games in general.

Bedlam is adapted from a novel written by Christopher Brookmyre but with a change in protagonist. The novel features Ross Baker, and even though he is set to feature a lot in the game, the decision to create a whole new player character was taken to offer a fresh perspective on the events in the game.

“The average FPS protagonist is a testosterone-addled sociopath with all the endearing charm of a cornered honey badger,” said Christopher Brookmyre. “I thought we could prove that you don’t need balls to be ballsy. Players of both sexes will identify with Athena, because first and foremost she is a gamer herself. Women have been shamefully ignored by the FPS genre, so it seemed appropriate that we have an acerbic female perspective in a game that plays upon the evolution and conventions of the genre.”

Bedlam takes the player on an adventure through many kinds of genres old and new, all from the first person perspective. I think this is a great idea and can only imagine how some of the genres will appear from this point of view.

Bedlam will be released on Steam this summer with another two novel / video game tie-ins planned in the future.

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