Well furry muff. Oh and for the record I'm not saying there aren't things to get annoyed about, nor am I trying to get on your goat. Just I like playings devil's advocate and that the problems are getting massively blown out of proportion compared to larger (and frankly more important) women's issues (like FGM) that won't just get carried off in the wake of general social change. I feel bemoaning every issue is somewhat counter productive. People are going to pay less attention to the voices raising the complaints, unfortunate but usually the case.
The Last of Us - Never played, not heard of any controversy besides the one you mentioned earlier, which by the sounds of it was resolved? In at least I don't remember the artwork not having the girl on it.
Tomb Raider - Well this is a massive target in it's own right, is the controversy that the character is very sexualised? It does look like her ganzongas have gotten larger over time, but hey at least their not pyramids any more (unrealistic body image!) heh.
Crypt of the Necrodancer - I've heard of the game just about, but I've not heard of any problems regarding it, so please enlighten me.
Mirror's Edge - Hmm I'm not sure again what the problem is here, I thought the character was represented as quite a powerful/intelligent person and wasn't overtly sexual. As with all of these feel free to say where the issue lays, it's all about the discussion and where I'm wrong I'll admit it and all that.
Metroid - Really? To be Samus is the poster child for kick ass female characters, hell me and my sister used to get into little fights over who got to pretend to be Samus when we were playing as kids. The only issue I could think of is the zero suit perhaps?
Homeworld - Eh? Under representation maybe? But wasn't the fleet AI a woman and referred to as a hero?
Gianna Sisters - Not heard of any of these if I'm honest, so I can't say anything about them. Feel free to fill out the gaps yo.
Ultimately I'm not actually sure why you've listed all of these games, if they had individual problems that you're free to expand on, or if you seem to think your last point in some way relates to me in any way, which is kinda funny. My point there was about marketing, which is a separate animal to the games themselves.
I'm all for more female characters with depth and intrigue, but you also have to concede that video games are a visual medium and as such are going to suffer from the same problems of movies in the sense that you're not going to get ugly protagonists/good guys unless they're there to act as a comic relief. It's an unfortunate trope that men are victims of just as much as women (though it does affect women more starkly when ageism is brought into the equation as well). I can't think of any seriously toned games where you play an unattractive character really.
Anyway I'm talking in circles a bit here, like I said earlier I don't think there aren't some issues that need to be raised, but in the scheme of things they're pretty bloody minor and the manufactured controversy that surrounds them does more harm for women's issues than good.
Errway, let's not toooooooooooootally hijack the thread for this topic, what are your thoughts on the game still being very visually on the Gamebryo engine? It's deffo starting to look pretty long in the tooth these days eh?