Bechdel Test: Half-Life

Half-Life

Cover Art for Half Life.

Status: Fail: “The game does not meet any of the Bechdel Test criteria” (PC version)

“The game has two women but they don’t communicate with each other” (PS2 version, dubious)

Description: No female characters in the game (excepting Hazard Course hologram and multi-player model). Few conversations between NPCs. Player character never speaks.

Note however that PS2 version includes ‘Decay’, a co-op mode with two female player characters who work together to solve puzzles/shoot things. Dubious whether they ‘communicate’, though

Platform: PC, PS2

Notes

(Just placeholder, for when I post the half-life 2 test tomorrow)

Source: Reader submission by John Brindle, thank you for your contribution. If you disagree with a game’s rating leave a comment below or E-mail me at namedbychaos @ aol.com.

Bechdel Test: Perfect Dark

Perfect Dark

The cover art for Perfect Dark featuring Joanna Dark

Status: Passing Type 1 “A scene meeting these criteria is an unavoidable part of the game”

Description: You play as Joanna Dark, an agent working for the Carrington Institute an R&D company secretly allied with a race of extraterrestrials called the Maian. You fight against the dataDyne cooperation who have allied themselves with an extraterrestrials race known as the Skedar, who are at war with the Maian and have dark plans for earth. You have at multiple unavoidable conversations with dataDyne’s female head Cassandra De Vries.

Platform: N64 (a remake is also available for the xbox360 via XLive)

Sources: Author play through, link to prefect dark script, links to perfect Dark Cinemas: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.