Quick — how many games in the industry’s long history can you name with a female lead? In her latest One More Go column, Margaret Robertson says the fact that we “run out of entries for the Great Gaming Leading Lady Pantheon before we run out of fingers is just plain odd” and asks, “Are we really saying that we can’t find a viable way to make games that turn 51% of the world’s population into heroes a goer?”
Elsewhere on Offworld: huge indie news, as Derek Yu’s procedurally-generated rogue-like platformer masterpiece Spelunky is announced for Xbox Live Arcade, and LostWinds — the gorgeously gentle WiiWare debut game from Elite creators Frontier — prepares for the Winter of the Melodias, its season-shifting sequel.
Two classic Hudson franchises are also due for revivals, with hex-strategy game Military Madness/Nectaris announced for the iPhone and prehistoric underdog mascot Bonk comes to PS3/Xbox 360/Wii, and Gaijin Games announces the latest in its retro-futurist rhythm series with the pixel-collecting nothing-expanding beauty of Bit.Trip: Void (above).
And our ‘one shot’s of the day: Rolando artist Mikko Walamies teases his intergalactic next, and the new face of Grand Theft Auto creators Rockstar: tigers with lasers, fire-breathing grizzlies, and stunt-jumpin’ polars.