The gaming community was abuzz last week with a particular controversy, one involving a female character named Tracer in a game called Overwatch. The reason being one of her victory poses seemed overly ‘sexual‘ to many.
The pose which had the character’s backside visible in a suggestive manner seemed to offend many sensitive gamers and they claimed it bought her down to being nothing but a sexual object.
One person in particular was extremely displeased and actually started a thread in the official Overwatch forums and protested how including such a pose for the character demeaned her.
Interestingly, Overwatch’s game director, Jeff Kaplan, conceded and agreed to replace the pose, much to the dismay of the majority of the gaming community.
We’ll replace the pose. We want *everyone* to feel strong and heroic in our community. The last thing we want to do is make someone feel uncomfortable, under-appreciated or misrepresented. Apologies and we’ll continue to try to do better.
He issued the statement above and many gamers were left distraught by it, claiming a game developer should not succumb to the opinion of the few and change its game direction as a result of it. It created a massive stir within the forums and formed two groups – one in support of the decision and another one completely against it.