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6 Awesome Video Game Heroines Who Can Rescue Themselves

The world of gaming has always seemed like a male dominated world.

However, according to a report from the Entertainment Software Association adult women make up 33 percent of the game-playing population. The report also showed that the most frequent female game player is 43 years old, on average. 

The portrayal of women in video games hasn't always been accurate, or empowering for that matter. For awhile it seemed that any female character in a video game needed to be rescued by a guy, or were visually depicted in a totally over-sexualized and unattainable way. 

Unless we're talking about physically saving the game, the following video game heroines don't need to wait around for some guy to save them from danger. Just in time for video game day on September 12, take a look at just a few of the awesome female video game characters who are breaking stereotypes in the gallery above. 

NEXT: 6 Female Movie Characters Who Overcome the Odds »

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