Returnal’s Jane Perry on women in games and embodying psychological trauma

“There were some comments that came up on Twitter after the game was released saying ‘Oh, she’s ugly, she’s not very attractive, I’m not interested in her’,” says Jane Perry, the voice of Returnal’s lead character Selene.

“And I thought that was such an interesting comment, I thought it was kind of illuminating in some ways in terms of what is expected of female characters in games, especially if they’re going to be a kick-ass hero like Selene.

“And I just got to thinking, that person probably feels that because he or she has been fed a steady diet of a particular stereotype. And I think when you’re fed a steady diet of one thing, you’ve been educated to expect that in a way.”

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