Friday, 17 September 2010

Astounding levels of stupid

(Warning - astounding-stupidity-induced swearing)

From discussion of the upcoming title, The Last Guardian:

Early in development, the main character in The Last Guardian was female, but the team ended up going with a boy. The reason: they thought it would be more realistic that he would have enough grip strength to be able to climb around, and because they wouldn't have to worry about camera angles with a girl who wears a skirt.

... What the hell is wrong with you?

"Oh gee, if we had a giiiiiirl character, we'd have to put a tiny skimpy outfit on her and then people would look at her inappropriately so we'd better not have girls at all!" Hey, how about DRESSING THE CHARACTER APPROPRIATELY? Amazingly enough, women are capable of WEARING PANTS. It's only batshit insane game art designers who think that this is reasonable clothing for a female character.

And as for 'realism', a) The only person I personally know who rock-climbs as a hobby is female, b) Kids climb onto things they're not supposed to regardless of gender. Even I climbed onto roofs and I'm the poster child of anti-athleticism c) There's a fucking griffin in this game. WHAT realism?

Naturally, the comments to this stupid shit are even worse, containing stupid sterotypes about women, comments about "butch lesbians" and their "dildo grip" powers, and suggestions that a female hero would "ruin" the game because then "fans" would draw endless piles of girl/griffin porn, and insistence that only MEN make video games so women should just shut up and be grateful for... something.

Some days I want to stab people in the eyes.

Y'know, I don't care if someone makes a game with a male protagonist. But going out of their way to throw in a "girls aren't good enough" like this? FUCK YOU.


Anonymous said...

That is horrible. I agree, just put her in something appropriate for once and let her climb! I know I climbed everything I could get my hands on growing up, ropes, rocks, trees, houses.

Hey, make a post when the game comes out. I'll draw a picture of guy/griffin porn and send it to the creators.

David said...

I could buy it if the reason had simply been that their creative team felt more comfortable writing a story for one gender over another; I can understand that. But the reasons they game in the interview are simply stupid, given that anyone sensible would have the first reaction of "just let her wear pants".