I’ve been dabbling with the original Resident Evil Playstation game. You get to choose between two characters and there are three modes you can select from (easy, normal, hard). Starting out with Jill Valentine, I didn’t notice anything to raise an eyebrow at with the game when it came to the sexes. I mean, the girl’s smart, can use a gun, and hey, she kicks lots of ass.
Then I tried out Chris Redfield out of curiosity, as I heard he has a different introduction. And that’s when I started getting annoyed. It becomes very clear very fast that, even when playing on the same mode, Jill is meant to be the easier path.
Jill starts out with a lock-pick, a gun, a survival knife, eight slots of free space, the ability to mix herbs, and a can of first-aid spray. However, looking further into the game, I also found that her version of the story involves more puzzle-solving”¦ and people coming to her rescue when she’s in a jam.
Chris begins with a survival knife, a lighter, six slots of free space”¦ and that’s it. He doesn’t do puzzles because he’s all about the big show of shooting things up as fast as he can. Oh, and he can take care of himself without any help, apparently.
So, not only am I being smacked over the head with Jill being far easier to beat the game with than Chris, but also by the stereotype of the woman being “˜intelligent’ and the man being “˜violent’. Jill thinks through a problem (or has her problem solved by someone else) while Chris shoots his problem in the head.
At least Jill was wearing pants.