How to Make Your Straight White Male Protagonist Not Suck

You’ve seen "it" everywhere. Ken Levine famously spoke about using "it" to sell BioShock Infinite. In Mass Effect, "it" was the default Commander Shepard. What is "it"? Why, the straight white male protagonist of course. The gravel-voiced, stubble-cheeked, dark-haired 20-to-30-somethings standing with their chins down, eyes up. But games like FFXV, The Last of Us, and more show this needn’t be so. It’s time to break the cliches of how we portray men and masculinity - let’s discuss how.


Sam Prell [News Editor, GamesRadar], Sarah LeBeouf [Writer/Editor, Freelance], Amanda Farough [Writer/Editor, Freelance], Sabriel Mastin [Writer & Social Media, Overbuff], Samit Sarkar [Senior Reporter, Polygon], Alexa Ray Corriea [Host and Consultant, What's Good Games]