Blizzard Entertainment, famous for making games such as Star Craft, Diablo and World of Warcraft will edit a character pose in 'Overwatch' after a social justice warrior complained on their forums.
A post on Battle Net by a user named Fipps begins by saying how he or she enjoys Overwatch and its female characters.
“So I wanted to start off by saying, I think the development team has done a pretty great job with the cast of female hero's in Overwatch. They are diverse, interesting, and compelling. From Mei to Zarya to Widowmaker the female cast reflects a large spectrum of personalities and player fantasies,” Fipps wrote.
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“With that being said, lets talk about Tracer. From a marketing standpoint, she's the star of the show. She's a great hero. When we look at the way she's portrayed in promotional media, lore, and art in game we know a few things about her,” Fipps continues and makes reference to the character's poses and animations before turning up the heat on the 'sexually suggestive' pose below.
“WHAT? What about this pose has anything to do with the character you're building in tracer? It's not fun, its not silly, it has nothing to do with being a fast elite killer. It just reduces tracer to another bland female sex symbol.
We aren't looking at a widowmaker pose here, this isn't a character who is in part defined by flaunting her sexuality. This pose says to the player base, oh we've got all these cool diverse characters, but at any moment we are willing to reduce them to sex symbols to help boost our investment game.”
Fipps then goes on about how they have a daughter who watches a trailer with the character 'Tracer' in it every morning and asks Blizzard to do something about it.
Comments on the thread mainly disagree with the poster, with some believing it to be a troll post. If it was a troll post, it managed to get the job done.
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Game Designer Jeff Kapan replied to the series of comments by saying, “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.”
It's very sad for a company like Blizzard to give in like this.
Needless to say, the Gamer Gate community will be all over this for some time to come.