Buffalo Girl Convinces EA to put a Female Face on NHL Hockey
We love our hockey in the B-lo.
We love our Sabres. We love our Junior Sabres. We love our Amerks. We love our alumni. We love playing on the local rinks and streets, and we love playing in the virtual world on our TV screens.
Up until now, girls didn’t have a face in that virtual world. They do now, and it’s all thanks to Lexi Peters, of our fair Queen City.
From The Globe and Mail:
“I asked my dad, ‘Why aren’t there girls in the NHL video game?’ And he said, ‘I don’t know, write a letter.’ So, I did,” Lexi told the Globe and Mail from her home in Buffalo, N.Y.
She sent a typewritten letter to the executives of one the largest video game makers in the world, asking them to add women players.
She wrote: “It is unfair to women and girl hockey players around the world, many of them who play and enjoy your game. I have created a character of myself, except I have to be represented by a male and that’s not fun.”
EA Sports gave Lexi the news. Not only were they adding a female character option, but they wanted Lexi to play the part of the “default” female player that gamers would then be able to customize.
“I was so excited,” says Lexi. “My dad called my grandpa immediately, who called my Uncle Chris, like a chain reaction.”
Users can tailor the female character by changing hair, eye colour and the name on the jersey if they want, just as with male players.
Well done, Lexi!
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