Damsels in Distress [ COMIC ]
And Ms. Pac-Man was actually just a reskinning of Crazy Otto . So that means the classic female gaming role models are one female, a.k.a. Samus Aran, and a transexual.
I’ll be honest, I’m pretty hard-pressed to think of a female protagonist from the pre-Nintendo arcade era and even on the NES they were far and few between. Athena, maybe? But that NES port wasn’t the best. Any assists on this discussion would be appreciated.