I wanted to make a video in response to all the terrible things I’ve read over the past few weeks on the subject of women in gaming. I don’t want to re-hash everything that’s already been said, however, so here are a dozen influential, important, or interesting women characters that I’ve run across in my 30 years of playing video games:

Peach (Super Mario Bros.) Zelda (Legend of Zelda) Samus Aran (Metroid) Jill Valentine (Resident Evil) Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) Claire Redfield (Resident Evil 2) Joanna Dark (Perfect Dark) Alyx Vance (Half-Life 2) Chell (Portal) Commander Shepard (Mass Effect) Faith Connors (Mirror’s Edge) Kaitlin Greenbriar (Gone Home)

Who are some of your favourite women in games? Who are the women developers you respect or admire? Video games and the gaming community are at their best when they’re inclusive, diverse, and welcoming to everyone. After all, we’re in it to play and make the best games we can.