Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2

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PlayCritically Jul 16, 2014 @ 9:45pm
Playing as Zoey or Rochelle
Hello Steam-type Peoples,

I am currently enrolled in a Video Game Theory class, and this week my assignment was to address Left 4 Dead 2 from a feminist critique viewpoint. I just wanted some opinions/testimonials (there are no right or wrong answers) about why or why not you play as Zoey or Rochelle when you play Left 4 Dead 2. Or you do have a third option: I just play random because I don't care!

Just interested in your thoughts, thanks for your participation.
Last edited by PlayCritically; Jul 16, 2014 @ 9:45pm
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I'm calling male bovine excrement.
OverlordTomala Jul 16, 2014 @ 10:31pm 
Can't really say. I play random.
Φ Jul 16, 2014 @ 10:43pm 
I pick Rochelle because she's my favorite.
Dusty Jul 16, 2014 @ 10:49pm 
I play as either of them because it's different from the same old
Male protagonist
Male protagonist
Male protagonist
Male protagonist formula, letting me be a girl who is also able to survive the apocalypse and be a strong personality in a male-dominated genre of game.
It's also most likely why I play as females in other games when available, because it's something new and shows that they can be just as tough or smart as the guys are.
Hope this helps you with your class~!
Last edited by Dusty; Jul 16, 2014 @ 10:50pm
Necrolucifer Jul 16, 2014 @ 10:57pm 
I dont play Rochelle cause my favorite l4d2 chac is Ellis, I dont play Zoey cause my favorite l4d1 chac is Louis.
Restless Jul 16, 2014 @ 11:07pm 
The characters don't matter to me. I don't mind playing as Zoey or Rochelle nor do I prefer to play as them. The only reason I would go out of my way to pick Rochelle is to stop vocalization spammers from spamming her awful laugh/cackle track.
Beat Monkey Jul 17, 2014 @ 12:13am 
Characters don't matter to me either. Although, since I usually get my game on by jumping into already going campaigns and the fact that, most people don't seem to pick the female characters if they have a choice, I end up playing Rochelle or Zoey most of the time as that was the only open slot. It gets boring but I don't hate the character personally.
Weaver Jul 17, 2014 @ 12:31am 
Originally posted by Restless:
The characters don't matter to me. I don't mind playing as Zoey or Rochelle nor do I prefer to play as them. The only reason I would go out of my way to pick Rochelle is to stop vocalization spammers from spamming her awful laugh/cackle track.

He understands the struggle. I go for Nick for the exact same reason. To answer the OP: if I had to pick between the two girls, I'd pick Rochelle. She seems more 'realer' to me than Zoey(whose backgrounds is supposedly college student). A lot of Zoey's appeal is mostly in her nerd-background which is a huge turn off for me personality-wise in my video games.
Last edited by Weaver; Jul 17, 2014 @ 12:33am
Mommy Jul 17, 2014 @ 12:43am 
I always play as Rochelle or Zoey cuz we gotta represent
atropos Jul 17, 2014 @ 12:57am 
For the most part, I don't usually care. Obviously, if I land myself in a game as the girl, I'll be a little more pleased, but I'm not gonna kick up a fuss if I end up playing as a guy. Besides, when it comes to L4D2 campaigns, I'm more likely to pick Ellis or Nick just because the people I usually play with and I like to use the vocal radials (Z, X, any add-on vocalizers) and to be honest, Rochelle's laugh is about on par with nails on a chalkboard as far as grating sounds go. That said, I do prefer Zoey over Rochelle.
DopeBoyMaGiK Jul 17, 2014 @ 1:16am 
I prefer Zoey over Rochelle, mainly because Rochelle seems underdeveloped and quite frankly extremely fustrating/annoying. Zoey has a better back-story and seems more realistic then Rochelle.
kara hellcase.com Jul 17, 2014 @ 5:34am 
Zoey sucks that why I play Bill because he got something that Zoey doesnt have:
Giant Balls.
Rochelle is the ugliest gaming character of all time and its voice causes earcancer.
Thats why I usually always kill her in ANY gamemode because of the reasons above.
I prefer Zoey over Rochelle because Rochelle is black
Coach is one of the best ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ in game history,Rochelle is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t so is Zoey

Noddle Jul 17, 2014 @ 6:10am 
I don't play either of them because, I don't want the only female in the group look like a complete idiot. It's nice to look to your side and there is a female by your side who gets♥♥♥♥♥♥done!
I prefer Ellis and Zoey. Because I want them to be an item.
Venrez Jul 17, 2014 @ 9:13am 
Everybody hates Rochelle because she is annoying as hell.

But Zoey is fine. She's part of the original 4 and has an agreeable / normal attitude.

But Rochelle? Nobody. And I mean NOBODY says "Son of a Beesting" after being pummeled half to death, set on fire, burnt with acid, gouged, clawed, crushed and stabbed.
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