Really not happy with the summary of Mario – however I feel that the fact that everyone gets what they mean when they summarize Samus as being novel for ‘not being half-naked’ says everything important about mainsteam video games.
Also, as someone who was really excited to play the first generation of FPS games – I can’t help but feel that they sort of set the the standard for this sort of generic hero.
Meanwhile, Jurassic Park: Trespasser, one of the first FPS games to star a female protagonist didn’t give her a face and had a… unique way of displaying the health bar:
edit: Now also tagged for ableism in the “Good” panel. Sorry we failed to tag the post initially and thanks to readers for pointing that out.