Fallout doesn't have to star Dick Masculine like the rest of mainstream games, but any spectrum of gender or ethnicity that the player wants. To someone who is going to play a man anyway, it's a subtlety nice feature, but to people who aren't usually portrayed in games as much, it can be a huge deal.
With the recent release of Grand Theft Auto V, the roles have shuffled around a bit. Parents and news anchors seem largely disinterested in the latest instalment. Instead it's the fans, now grown up, calling it transgressive as a satirical text, in light of critics' dressing down of the game's attempts at a message.
As we move towards Christmas and the release of the PS4 and XBO what's really important is what both companies have chosen to put in the box from day one. What I think is particularly notable is that whilst - controversially - Microsoft have opted to include the next generation Kinect camera and require it for gameplay, Sony have - also controversially - elected to not even include their camera, selling it separately instead.
Compared to other games, LARPing is the only one which allows you to completely immerse yourself into the setting, and perhaps offers the player their best chance to experience what it would be like to be someone else. That is until full Artificial Reality video games are realised, which will not be for some time.
GAME has been a high street institution for gamers with a large wad of cash burring a hole in their pocket for what feels like a couple of decades, so news that GAME group is going into administration saddens me a little.