7/09/2012

My Favorite Women in Video Games: April Ryan

Games she appeared in: The Longest Journey, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Is she being rescued/saved as a key plot point: April is the player character in the series and is the one doing the rescuing.


For our video game BFF date, we would: Go adventuring, hiking, climbing, or something else outdoorsy. Or maybe after her last adventure, she’d prefer a quieter day.


April Ryan should be more famous. Extremely more famous with her own movies, console games, and everything else that comes with being a popular wizard in today's pop culture world. She hasn't gained the countless sequels of her contemporary (and future column subject), Lara Croft or the cultural resonance of another magical teenager, Harry Potter. But April has created a legacy in gaming of a emotionally resonate female character showing growth from adolescence and a diverse, unique universe for players to explore.


The game takes place in the parallel worlds of Arcadia, a world of magic, and Stark, a world of science and technology. April discovers that the barrier between these worlds is growing thin and, as a shifter, she can travel between both to restore that balance. Throughout the game, the player takes April through a dangerous journey through both worlds, demanding self-sacrifice and  the ability to convince everyone from your enemies to dragons about your quest.

In 2011, the developers of the original game promised additional games from April Ryan's universe and reports have come out about an iOS port for the iPhone. In our current world of Katniss and Hermione, I am sure we are ready for more games with more female protagonists and definitely for more April Ryan.


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