First of all I would like to say great show as always and very interesting discussion.
I would also like to thank Garnett as an African American gamer for talking about the 800 pound elephant in room: how race is portrayed. I can't believe that every missed on Trane from Marc Ekco's Getting Up who is another great Black Male lead character.
To add my two cents on the discussion of how women and man are portrayed in video games. Andrea is right the gaming community may not be mature enough to handle such a subject matter. Who it falls to you all the journalist and us the fans to push for a better representation of all races, genders, and religious beliefs in games. Now the issue of how woman are portrayed is a bit more than the basic "14 yr old male Fantasy" One of the wrinkles in this subject is that a female(lets take Bayonetta exp.) that she is overtly sexually for the purpose of drawing a male audience. Right there is the issue not just in video games but across the board that we view female assertiveness sexuality etc as being about the man and not the woman.
I do think that as reader comics books that you all did sell comics short, first one has to take in to consideration who is drawing the comic. Ed Benes is going to draw X comic heroine differently from Greg Horn who will draw her differently than Stjepan Šejić. What is more consent is the character themselves three examples come to mind.
Susan Storm-Richards married to Reed Richards, mother of Valaria and Franklin Richards who are both about 11 or 12 at this point.
Jessica Jones - Cage, married to Luke Cage(Black Male Leader of the New Avengers) mother of Danielle Cage who I believe is a year old.
Sara Pazzani single mother, NYPD police detective and one of the wielders of the Witchblade who have all been women.
Now these are all fictional characters in fictional universes so its not super realistic but I do think they are 3 good examples of the three characters trying to juggle the aspects of their lives. Much like a women today would juggle, being a wife, a mother and her career. Videos games have to yet at this point make head way but there is some. Characters like Lightning and Fang from FF 13, Elena Fisher and Chloe from Uncharted , Aya Brea Parasite Eve, Aegis Final Fantasy Tactics, Beatrix Alexandria Final Fantasy 9.