In a recent article at 1up.com, they accused the Mass Effect series of being sexist. The accusation is about the portrayal of the Asari race and characters Miranda and Jack. I think the writer stretched too much to fit the sexism on the game. Here are my counter arguments. Since I hadn't played the entire Jack's story I will not enter in her portrayal. She always felt an uninteresting character to me, so I will start with Miranda.
Miranda is the result of bio-engineering. She was created in a lab to be the perfect woman by a billionaire to be his successor. She is the fan service of the game. She even gained the nickname of 'dat ass' by the community (albeit I like Tali's ass more, since it is beauty and cute). Miranda is a capable fighter, intelligent and strong. But most women in games are like her. She lack at character development and any kind of deep or twists. She dress with tight clothes, but basically everyone, even males, seems to like to dress in tight clothes in Mass Effect.
|Yes, this is her most well known feature.|
There is an abuse on camera angles used when she is on scene, but the camera doesn’t define the character. It define that Bioware always wanted to give the fans that one female character that everyone would want to hump. Yes, they could explore her more, but that don't make the game as a whole sexist. If she were the only woman in scene or all females were portrayed like her, maybe. But there are several other female characters around and most of them are not just 'dat ass'. Tali, many secondary characters and even FemShep herself aren't there just as eye candy.
Now let's talk about the Asari race. They are a monogendered species that can reproduce by 'absorbing' genetic material of almost all species and mix it with their own. They avoid breeding with their own species because of a high risk of developing dangerous characteristics. They can live hundreds of years. The writer at 1up accuses Bioware to create a race of eye-candy girls who are eager to have sex with anyone.
|'Keep your alien boner away from me!'|
Except they aren't. Sure, you see many of them in bars with 'exotic dancers' and many in sex clothes. Exact the kind of thing you can see many women using in the real world. Because some woman work as strippers do not mean all are. The same go to the Asari. If you explore the cities in the world, you will find many that are mercenaries, police officers and politicians. Also, you will find many in clothes that are hardly revealing, with long dresses. They are not just the sex driven creatures who loves to tease the gamers. They are very diverse, in fact. And putting a whole race in one single 'role' is in fact more problematic.
So, that is my answer to that 1up article. This is just how I saw the whole thing. Many people want games to be perfect written, with all sensitivities take in account. But I don't think games should be like that. Being forced to take care with all sensitivities would just kill creativity. And that would be a shame.