There is no reason why you should have to play a male character in a video game
"But there’s a story reaso—"
Ah yes, The Story which sprung fully formed from the ether and is immortal and unchanging. You are but a hollow vessel for The Story, certainly not its creator and master.
Always remember that everything you see, in a creative work - whether it is a written story, a TV show or film, or video game, or whatever - is a deliberate choice. These things did not arise from nothing, nor were they immutable intangibles just waiting to be draped in substance.
When male characters constantly refer to a female character as “bitch”, all the excuses about “realism” or character are missing the point that someone decided that should be how it was portrayed instead of some other way.
When you can only play a STRONK HET CISMALE, someone deliberately decided no other option was necessary.
When women are portrayed as universally evil, or useless, or sex objects, or in need of a man to defend them/show them how to do things/etc., somebody made the choice to portray them as such.
Nothing in a game or book or movie happened in a vacuum. It did not happen by chance, and it did not happen because “that’s realistic”. It happened because the person(s) creating it CHOSE to make it so.
Indeed it didn’t come from a vacuum. It came from reality, as writers and artists draw inspiration from their surroundings and their peers, and rarely stray from their comfort zone.
I’m afraid most games are simply a mirror that exaggerates what its creators wish and thinks happens in real life, and the result feeds back into the mind of society, slowly molding it. It may not be a conscious choice on the part of the creators at all, because starved of ideas people usually turn to stereotypes.
But it’s a good thing to call awareness on the oversight. Might jolt a few people into thinking more fairly.