In an undated handout image, a screenshot of Ellie, a central character in the video game "The Last of Us." The presence and the absence of strong female lead characters in video games has been the subject of long consideration by gamers and critics in 2013. (Sony Computer Entertainment America via The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH STORY SLUGGED GAMES YEAR ADV15 BY CHRIS SUELLENTROP. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. -- PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE DEC. 15, 2013.