After 40 years, the creator of one of the first female protagonists in gaming has been found

Van Mai, the creator of one of the first female protagonists in video game history, has been found and interviewed by game historians Kate Willært and Kevin Bunch. Mai had left the game industry shortly after completing her first project, leaving historians and enthusiasts struggling to locate her when the importance of her contribution was fully realized years later.

In 1982, Texas-based developer Apollo released a game called Wabbit for the Atari 2600 (also known as the Video Computer System or VCS). Wabbit is a shooter where you take charge of a young girl, Billie Sue, as she fends off marauding rabbits from her carrot field. It was well-received at the time and featured impressive sprite work for the VCS, but also occupies an important place in video game history: Billie Sue is one of the very first female protagonists we recorded, and is the first-named female protagonist to appear on home consoles to appear.

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