Blizzard removes Overwatch character's 'sexual' victory pose after fan complaint

By midian182 ยท 43 replies
Mar 29, 2016
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  1. Blizzard’s first original IP in almost 20 years, the multiplayer FPS Overwatch (one of our '10 most anticipated games of 2016'), is scheduled to be released on May 24. Those who have taken part in the game’s closed beta have reported good things, but one fan wasn't happy about a certain hero’s victory pose, which they say “undermines” Blizzard’s commitment to creating strong female characters.

    Following the complaint on the forums, Blizzard says it will remove the “over-the-shoulder” victory pose (above) used by Tracer. In a recent post, forum member Fipps said it turns the character into “another bland female sex symbol.”

    "It's not fun, its[sic] not silly, it has nothing to do with being a fast elite killer,” Fipps posted.“I have a young daughter that everyday when I wake up wants to watch the Recall trailer again. She knows who Tracer is, and as she grows up, she can grow up alongside these characters. What I'm asking is that as you continue to add to the Overwatch cast and investment elements, you double down on your commitment to create strong female characters. You've been doing a good job so far, but shipping with a tracer pose like this undermines so much of the good you've already done.”

    Fipps’ argument isn’t really that the pose is overtly-sexualized, more that it doesn’t fit in with Tracer’s character. The user has no problems with similar victory poses from other heroes, such as Widowmaker and, as they are more in keeping with the characters.

    “My main complaint is that there is no facet of Tracer's silly/spunky/kind personality in the pose. It's just a generic butt shot. I don't see how that's positive for the game,” Fipps wrote. “If you look at's laying around pose, it's got some sexual undertones as well, but it at least still preserves some of her existing characterization.”

    A few days after the thread started, Overwatch’s game director, Jeff Kaplan, posted that he agreed with Fipps’ views and Tracer’s victory pose would be taken out. He added that the decision wasn’t a difficult one as the team had been debating its removal even before the incident.

    "That pose [which] had been called into question from an appropriateness standpoint by players in our community did help influence our decision -- getting that kind of feedback is part of the reason we're holding a closed beta test -- but it wasn't the only factor. We made the decision to go with a different pose in part because we shared some of the same concerns, but also because we wanted to create something better."

    Removing Tracer’s pose hasn’t gone down well with a lot of people, as you can imagine, though it must be pointed out that quite a few statements supporting the decision have appeared in the thread.

    "We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision, and that's okay," said Kaplan. "This wasn't pandering or caving, though. This was the right call from our perspective, and we think the game will be just as fun the next time you play it."

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  2. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Addict Posts: 272   +88

    OMG dude... really?
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,660   +1,948

    A maniacal feminista or a sterile prude? Perhaps both?
    p3ngwin, Zoner1501, Burty117 and 6 others like this.
  4. Isis or muslim gamer ? come on dude...
  5. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    I guess I'm a terrible person as I don't see an issue with the above photo. I'd like to see what Fipps has to say about SFV's female characters...
  6. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,995   +1,316

    This is getting really old...
    gingerbill, Zoner1501 and SirChocula like this.
  7. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,000   +653

    Tempestus Teapotus.
    MilwaukeeMike likes this.
  8. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,079

    I stopped reading about halfway through.
    insert eye-roll here.
    gingerbill likes this.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,318   +1,967

    Undermines? Nooooooooooo, I doubt getting a man to pay attention is undermining!
    VitalyT likes this.
  10. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,264   +436

    Really now.

    Your female daughter will have alot more to worry about in this world when she grows up than some butt poses from a game character.

    Wait until she finds porn on the internet, sounds like a retarded parent!
  11. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,000   +653

    I should add, when I first looked I thought it was a 'spandex' advert.
  12. dirtyferret

    dirtyferret TS Guru Posts: 350   +370

    I could care less if it stays or goes but it's a dumb pose with an obvious appeal towards a certain segment
    damnthereaper likes this.
  13. Lol,luckily I will be dead when the future gamers ruin games because of pose's.
  14. fps4ever

    fps4ever TS Addict Posts: 102   +74

    So this is actually a thing now. wow
  15. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

  16. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,376   +286

  17. Nitrotoxin

    Nitrotoxin TS Addict Posts: 114   +67

    Really Blizzard? Screw you for giving in to what one person thinks is improper...All this will do is upset more people than it appeased lol
  18. Nitrotoxin

    Nitrotoxin TS Addict Posts: 114   +67

    When the game has no personality left no one will want to play it, which is pretty much where it's at right now... lol

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,255   +454

    "It's just a generic butt shot."

    What butt? All I see is a really thin thighs and cheeks. Looks like a young boy to me...
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    I for one don't play games for sexual pleasure or the vulgar language. As far as I care they both can be left out or I will not consider the game.

    And the latest abomination "Deadpool" is on my black list. My tongue is vulgar enough, I don't need a spandex wearing mascot (animated or not).

  21. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,660   +1,948

    Who's complaining here?
    Reehahs, davislane1, treetops and 3 others like this.
  22. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,079

    or facebook
    Nchalada and Lionvibez like this.
  23. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +911

    I would never do such a thing
    davislane1 and VitalyT like this.
  24. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,886   +1,222

    You guys are all missing the reason for the uproar and just looking at the fact that someone disagreed with something that doesn't look like a big deal.

    The reason isn't because the pose is sexy, it's because when Blizz came out and promoted Overwatch, one of the things they said about it was 'We want to stop making all the female characters s3x symbols - we want to promote a team atmosphere - bring girls into the gaming world, etc, etc etc'

    The problem is they specifically said one of their goals for Overwatch was to NOT do stuff like this. It's not that it's bad, it's just that they made a point of telling us they had a goal to not do it. If anything, this is proof that game designers just can't help making women s3xy.

    The pic above me is of Jinx from League of Legends - I'm pretty sure she's the ONLY female character without double D size hanging out b00bs. (There are like 50 with them). Game makers want to bring in more women into gaming, and showing them all off s3x symbols doesn't help.

    Guys all look like muscle bound bad-asses because in a game, that makes sense. You look kick-*** and then you go and kick ***. But what the heck does being stick thin with giant b00bs have to do with kicking *** on the battle field? (Not like you can wield that huge sword any better, right, Riven?) It means woman can't relate, and that's what Blizz told us they tried to avoid with Overwatch.

    Step 1 Blizz, Go hire some women artists!
  25. gingerbill

    gingerbill TS Addict Posts: 233   +59

    I think it's sexist saying woman in games aren't allowed to be sexy.
    p3ngwin and Peter Farkas like this.

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