And that may have been true, I never owned a PS3. I suppose my main objection wasn't even purely from a feminist perspective, it was just "why not just make her the protagonist?"
If you ask me, Ellie pretty much is
the protagonist; the whole story revolves around her. This is especially true if you played Left Behind
; you never get to play as Joel through the entire side story, and Ellie is the only one to get any character development in the DLC.
I've always defined "protagonist" as the individual who is the driving force behind the plot, and that character isn't always the PC. For example, in Final Fantasy XII
, the player character is just a street urchin with potential who, in a twist of fate, gets caught up in Ashe's campaign to reclaim her throne. Likewise in the FF series, Final Fantasy X
gives us the insufferable, whiny Tidus, who is simply a hanger-on to Yuna's quest to destroy Sin, and he doesn't even become important to the plot until the very, very end. Vaan and Tidus are almost never the driving force behind their respective plots, even though they are ostensibly the lead characters.
I imagine the only reason Ellie wasn't the PC in The Last of Us
is because it'd be a bit odd to see a 14-year-old girl slaughter her way through government security forces, bandits, and infected for an entire game, even though she is fully capable of doing so. That, and we'd miss out on the relationship dynamics of Ellie being escorted by some loner who doesn't recognize that she's fully capable of taking care of herself.