Rockstar Explains Why GTA V Has No Female Protagonist
Apart from the bikini-clad girl we saw in promotional artwork for Grand Theft Auto V, the game is something of a sausage fest and not the good, wholesome German kind. If you’ve watched the latest Jimquisition you’ll know that there’s been some furor surrounding GTA V having three unique protagonists and yet none of them is female.
Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser told The Guardian that it was done fore creative reasons. Specifically that it was essential to the story of the game which has a big focus on “the concept of being masculine.”
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GTA 5 allows players to switch between three playable characters, something that Houser says “allows us to create nuanced stories, not a set of archetypes. Rather than seeming like you’ve got this super-criminal who can do everything effortlessly, they’re all good and bad at different things.” The result, he says, is a group of rounded and believable characters. “We liked the idea of a protagonist retiring with a family, and how awful that would be. We’ve never done anything like that and you don’t really see it in games – to feed into these concepts of parenting and pseudo-parenting.”
Judging from the tone of the trailers there certainly is a strong dose of machismo but we’ll have to see how that pays off in the key story moments.