Game Theory: Are SMITE's Goddesses Too Sexy?

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Are SMITE's Goddesses Too Sexy?

SMITE is a MOBA with fast-paced action, terrific game modes, and well-endowed goddesses. In fact, the character designs of Kali, a Hindu goddess, got the game in trouble in 2012, forcing the designs of multiple characters to change. But were the developers of the game in the wrong? Does SMITE porn-ify its characters? We find out today!

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Ohhhhhhh this should be good. Can't wait to see the comments this stirs up!

All in all I like the episode, though. :3

Eh, if you can't even get through your discussion without dropping boob-jokes a 12-year-old would snicker at, I have a difficult time taking you seriously.

The powers are fine. I'm not sure why they changed those. But taking the goddess from another culture and turning her into a "hot chick" isn't really culturally sensitive or being "true to her myth." It's trading on those myths for a cheap peak at some big-breasted, scantily-clad women.

The only reason to choose to show that much skin (and to have such large breasts) is to cater to a young, male audience. Heck, it's even possible that the developers chose those specific goddesses because they could find an excuse for all of the skin.

So they don't have Mafdet (Egyptian Cheetah Headed Goddess?) & they turned Bastet (Domestic Cat Headed Goddess) into a human with cat ears.

*sigh*

So much for accuracy in that area of Egyptian Mythology. Sexy Cosplayers ruin everything.

If anything, the game's first depiction of Kali was MORE modest than the original version. No necklace of severed heads or skirt made of arms. It's like some people look for things to be outraged about, just to feel superior to others.

Does smite porn-ify its goddesses? How's that matter? Would that be a bad thing? If some people want to play a game with sexy women are they morally damaged.

I swear everyone hates sex.

Not sexy enough, in my opinion.

sexy=sexist:
Does smite porn-ify its goddesses? How's that matter? Would that be a bad thing? If some people want to play a game with sexy women are they morally damaged.

I swear everyone hates sex.

Normally I'm totally with this train of thought, but smite is different, it does feel weird if you play the game. I'm not sure if you play smite or not, but let me put it this way. Of the 60 or something gods, about half of them (maybe less, I don't know(yeah, starting to look like 1 third or so, but whatever) are female. Of those females, I can name two off the top of my head whose character design isn't literally "sexy female ###" Scylla, who's a kid, and Ne Za, who actually does a really good job looking interesting without looking sexy.

Forget SJW stuff, forget tumblr feminism and all that other stuff that's usually associated with the topic. Let me show you a quick comparison of male and female gods.

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/8/86/T_Bacchus_Default_Card.png?version=f4d76008a53eddd2caf60a0f66c80929

fat drunk dude

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/9/91/T_Serqet_Default_Card.png?version=873c1ed0023b51d3229fdb6bd9654431

sexy scorpion chick

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/c/cd/T_Vamana_Default_Card.png

little indian midget dude

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/f/fc/T_Aphrodite_Default_Card.png?version=19855f090bf6eba7a23ba4997219bc3a

sexy mage chick

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/f/f3/T_Hercules_Default_Card.png?version=a7e5a0edc7d58841e4482bee4a77753f

beefcake with really big weapon

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/e/e9/T_Arachne_Default_Card.png?version=f6510c232ec51f9300e7f219e845f63f

sexy spider chick (???)

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/1/18/T_Apollo_Default_Card.png?version=740be101e6305bef76e1cbec616be8e8

a normal, good looking dude

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/1/17/T_Nox_Default_Card.png?version=2746bc371ec9870c035b420c1d283a26

sexy mouth of sauron (?!?!?!) (this one isn't terribly sexualized, but she's still has the same body type as almost every other female in the game, how boring is that)

http://smite.gamepedia.com/List_of_gods You can compare for yourself if you want. What I'm saying, without holding absolutely any agenda in this, is that smite chicks are painfully boring when compared to their counterparts. God design could be so much better than it currently is, but every female god that pops up is just a themed sexy chick, scantily clad or otherwise.

Have all of these!

And let's not forget, classic mythology featured A LOT more dick than what is portrayed today.

sid:

sexy=sexist:
Does smite porn-ify its goddesses? How's that matter? Would that be a bad thing? If some people want to play a game with sexy women are they morally damaged.

I swear everyone hates sex.

Normally I'm totally with this train of thought, but smite is different, it does feel weird if you play the game. I'm not sure if you play smite or not, but let me put it this way. Of the 60 or something gods, about half of them (maybe less, I don't know(yeah, starting to look like 1 third or so, but whatever) are female. Of those females, I can name two off the top of my head whose character design isn't literally "sexy female ###" Scylla, who's a kid, and Ne Za, who actually does a really good job looking interesting without looking sexy.

Forget SJW stuff, forget tumblr feminism and all that other stuff that's usually associated with the topic. Let me show you a quick comparison of male and female gods.

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/8/86/T_Bacchus_Default_Card.png?version=f4d76008a53eddd2caf60a0f66c80929

fat drunk dude

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/9/91/T_Serqet_Default_Card.png?version=873c1ed0023b51d3229fdb6bd9654431

sexy scorpion chick

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/c/cd/T_Vamana_Default_Card.png

little indian midget dude

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/f/fc/T_Aphrodite_Default_Card.png?version=19855f090bf6eba7a23ba4997219bc3a

sexy mage chick

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/f/f3/T_Hercules_Default_Card.png?version=a7e5a0edc7d58841e4482bee4a77753f

beefcake with really big weapon

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/e/e9/T_Arachne_Default_Card.png?version=f6510c232ec51f9300e7f219e845f63f

sexy spider chick (???)

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/1/18/T_Apollo_Default_Card.png?version=740be101e6305bef76e1cbec616be8e8

a normal, good looking dude

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/1/17/T_Nox_Default_Card.png?version=2746bc371ec9870c035b420c1d283a26

sexy mouth of sauron (?!?!?!) (this one isn't terribly sexualized, but she's still has the same body type as almost every other female in the game, how boring is that)

http://smite.gamepedia.com/List_of_gods You can compare for yourself if you want. What I'm saying, without holding absolutely any agenda in this, is that smite chicks are painfully boring when compared to their counterparts. God design could be so much better than it currently is, but every female god that pops up is just a themed sexy chick, scantily clad or otherwise.

Ne Zha is a boy. I know the big joke is that he looks very feminine so people mistake him for a girl but he is male. Also yes, most male gods tend to have different shapes, physiques and species while the godesses tend to be made using the Sexy Chick Template 3000. Even the more bestial designs such as Arachne or Bastet are basically a sexy chic torso stuck on a spider lower body and a catgirl.

Alex1508:

Even the more bestial designs such as Arachne or Bastet are basically a sexy chic torso stuck on a spider lower body and a catgirl.

Which is why Game Theory's defense of Smite is flawed. The original Bastet has a cat head. Not some sexy cosplayer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastet

Its not about the nudity or lack of nudity or the basic element of sexuality in general excusing any existence of it in a modern context period geezus. Those classical artworks are sexualized in a very specific old and respectful kind of way that is very different to how modern sexualization of female characters is done in games like this.

All these female goddesses being defended have cartoon-like super curvy "porny" body designs with wide child birthing hips, narrow super model waists and large round breasts that seem to even have jiggle physics. Even their faces all have the same big disney eye pouty lip generically pretty white girl type look to them. Which with regards to the Hindu and Egyption Goddess in particular is pretty awful.

All of this put together clearly makes these characters pander to a modern male audience as fantasy games especially seem to all the time. Just looking at the egyption goddesses "bouncy" animation there its pretty obvious that the male gaze / appeal is very strong with these characters and their outfits are far more skin tight and form defining than they need to be on top of everything else. The creators could have had a stylization element to their characters and that would have been fine but the problem is how the same character body design is used over and over and over. For Aphrodite I could maybe see her design being ok more so than the others but things like hooker boots? wtf no.

God and then you look at all the male characters and surprise surprise all of them have the same chizeled muscular super manly forms and grizzled tough guy faces and generally far more clothing / armor etc all done to pander to the same male audience by not daring to sexualize any of them in the same way as the females.

Another classic example of double standards and ignoring the obvious signs at the heart of the matter and the same tired flat out ignorant and wrong arguments by another male critic who just doesn't get it. People angry over the portrayal of those female goddesses were completely justified.

RatGouf:

Alex1508:

Even the more bestial designs such as Arachne or Bastet are basically a sexy chic torso stuck on a spider lower body and a catgirl.

Which is why Game Theory's defense of Smite is flawed. The original Bastet has a cat head. Not some sexy cosplayer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastet

Smite is anything but true to the source material. It's inspired not a recreation. The artists working at Hi-rez simply take mythological concepts and work with them to make designs appealing to the modern gaming main demographic. So badass men and sexy chicks in high heels it is.

Alex1508:

RatGouf:

Alex1508:

Even the more bestial designs such as Arachne or Bastet are basically a sexy chic torso stuck on a spider lower body and a catgirl.

Which is why Game Theory's defense of Smite is flawed. The original Bastet has a cat head. Not some sexy cosplayer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastet

Smite is anything but true to the source material. It's inspired not a recreation. The artists working at Hi-rez simply take mythological concepts and work with them to make designs appealing to the modern gaming main demographic. So badass men and sexy chicks in high heels it is.

I'm not disagreeing you but the defense used by Game Theory was that its accurate with the original depictions. Which they aren't.

RatGouf:

Alex1508:

Even the more bestial designs such as Arachne or Bastet are basically a sexy chic torso stuck on a spider lower body and a catgirl.

Which is why Game Theory's defense of Smite is flawed. The original Bastet has a cat head. Not some sexy cosplayer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastet

Original Bastet had a cat face

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Comunity bitches that is fugly so people don't play her, is considered a bad character, hirez "updates her model:

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People start playing so she gets extra skins and becomes popular:

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DC comics bitches that she's a rip off from catwoman so:

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then people starts complainning shes op, and hi rez has to nerf her, funny thing is the kit and stats were the same as before. Poor bastet she had a really hard time fitting into smite. Nice video, I wish old kali was back she was more scary than the new one, kind of looks like a power ranger speaking of wich:

artemis
By hi rez

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a more greek take

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before the greek took the artemis cult

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sid:

sexy=sexist:
Does smite porn-ify its goddesses? How's that matter? Would that be a bad thing? If some people want to play a game with sexy women are they morally damaged.

I swear everyone hates sex.

Normally I'm totally with this train of thought, but smite is different, it does feel weird if you play the game. I'm not sure if you play smite or not, but let me put it this way. Of the 60 or something gods, about half of them (maybe less, I don't know(yeah, starting to look like 1 third or so, but whatever) are female. Of those females, I can name two off the top of my head whose character design isn't literally "sexy female ###" Scylla, who's a kid, and Ne Za, who actually does a really good job looking interesting without looking sexy.

Forget SJW stuff, forget tumblr feminism and all that other stuff that's usually associated with the topic. Let me show you a quick comparison of male and female gods.

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/8/86/T_Bacchus_Default_Card.png?version=f4d76008a53eddd2caf60a0f66c80929

fat drunk dude

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/9/91/T_Serqet_Default_Card.png?version=873c1ed0023b51d3229fdb6bd9654431

sexy scorpion chick

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/c/cd/T_Vamana_Default_Card.png

little indian midget dude

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/f/fc/T_Aphrodite_Default_Card.png?version=19855f090bf6eba7a23ba4997219bc3a

sexy mage chick

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/f/f3/T_Hercules_Default_Card.png?version=a7e5a0edc7d58841e4482bee4a77753f

beefcake with really big weapon

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/e/e9/T_Arachne_Default_Card.png?version=f6510c232ec51f9300e7f219e845f63f

sexy spider chick (???)

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/1/18/T_Apollo_Default_Card.png?version=740be101e6305bef76e1cbec616be8e8

a normal, good looking dude

http://hydra-media.cursecdn.com/smite.gamepedia.com/1/17/T_Nox_Default_Card.png?version=2746bc371ec9870c035b420c1d283a26

sexy mouth of sauron (?!?!?!) (this one isn't terribly sexualized, but she's still has the same body type as almost every other female in the game, how boring is that)

http://smite.gamepedia.com/List_of_gods You can compare for yourself if you want. What I'm saying, without holding absolutely any agenda in this, is that smite chicks are painfully boring when compared to their counterparts. God design could be so much better than it currently is, but every female god that pops up is just a themed sexy chick, scantily clad or otherwise.

I understand your point I think but let me make sure.
Its not that you are opposed to sexy. It is more that the female characters designs just feel generic and weak. Is that right?

Mave:

RatGouf:

Alex1508:

Even the more bestial designs such as Arachne or Bastet are basically a sexy chic torso stuck on a spider lower body and a catgirl.

Which is why Game Theory's defense of Smite is flawed. The original Bastet has a cat head. Not some sexy cosplayer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastet

Original Bastet had a cat face

image

Looks more like a Na'vi with a huge lips. More cat like but those aren't the lips of a cat. If only she looked similar to a Khajiit from Skyrim.

sexy=sexist:

I understand your point I think but let me make sure.
Its not that you are opposed to sexy. It is more that the female characters designs just feel generic and weak. Is that right?

I guess so. It's not that they're sexy, it's that they're all literally the same archetype. I don't think anybody wants all their characters to just dress as nuns, people who've been complaining about overly sexy characters are just complaining about a lack of anything else.

Probably.

I suppose if you're the sex-negative neo-victorian type.

I'd like to see more varieties in body if it's a whacky game concept but designing characters shouldn't have to be filtered through the question "what will certain women think of this?".

Shit! I can play as Guan Yu in Smite?!

I've been playing the wrong MOBA!

If only I have picked up that Guan Yu Skin last year....

Short answer to question: No.

Longer answer:

The question should really be is "Are SMITE's Goddesses too sexy for me?" Only you, as an individual, using your own subjective tastes and morality can make that decision. We have a long and proud tradition in western society of valuing, if not art itself, the right of artists to express themselves freely, and while we often do not appreciate what they produce (for instance, if anyone remembers the Robert Maplethorpe installation a couple decades back with his Jesus in urine piece) we often vigorously defend their rights to express themselves.

Any criticism of any kind that equates into an artist not creating the art they want to create, ought to be called out for the repressive fascism that it is. Leave that shit in Nazi Germany, it's not fit for modern western democracies.

Wasn't their a huge clusterfuck of a thread about this not that long ago?

It was a great episode. As someone who studied Fine Arts (which does include understanding the depictions in classical antiquity), he is right on the ball. The issue with depictions of women's bodies has really reached a head these days though. To the point it's fought not on any grounds other than that is what people feel needs to be done, just kind of knee jerk. It's weird because I almost feel like when all of that was going on the people fighting the game were in many ways hurting their own cause. They clearly didn't understand what was being done with the characters and they clearly are, in many cases, not familiar with depictions of their own religious figures from their most ancient periods. There was just no critical thought at all, just the knee jerk reactions that the characters were hyper sexualized.

Edit: People are going feel about things they way they want to feel. So it's really the type of thing you need to say "whatever" when it comes up. No one is up for an actual discussion on it. It's all about, "these are my feelings and that is all that matters." I'm Ok with agreeing to disagree. When I don't like something, I just ignore it.

LazyAza:
Its not about the nudity or lack of nudity or the basic element of sexuality in general excusing any existence of it in a modern context period geezus. Those classical artworks are sexualized in a very specific old and respectful-

I agree the lack of nudity has little bearing on sexualization, but the rest of your comment is naive and short sighted. So is the whole controversy, though.
1) Those classical works weren't old when they were created.
2) You can bet your bottom they are sexualized in the ideal of the time to the best of the artist's ability. In a few hundred years and several civilizations later, our drawn/rendered porn might be considered "tasteful nudity" because the art style will appear archaic and the ideal bodily proportions will have changed.
3) Only in a modern context do we assume "portrayed as sexy" is mutually exclusive with respect. Portrayed beauty and sexuality was respected before it was considered objectifying.

So we have a modern(1) re-imagination of ancient female figures whose images have been updated to fit today's ideal(2)

Yes, they are being sexualized- but for me to consider this modern depiction disrespectful(3) you'd have to prove they originally were not already sexualized in the context of their time and culture.

I'm not defending the designers here. They almost certainly did it for profit, not for artistic integrity. But the idea that sexualizing already sexualized figures = disrespect seems like a load of BS to me, and thus this game deserves no more flack than any other game with sexy women.

sexy=sexist:
Does smite porn-ify its goddesses? How's that matter? Would that be a bad thing? If some people want to play a game with sexy women are they morally damaged.

I swear everyone hates sex.

Because Patriarchy.

Or in reality Tumblr and teenage girls who wish to feel their lives have meaning

so if something is historically and culturally over sexed to start with , then its ok to do it now? how many of those pictures and scultpures were made by women or from cultures where men and women were equal?, just curious, not that i disagree i just think oddly you actually made the other sides point more than your own.

zumbledum:
so if something is historically and culturally over sexed to start with , then its ok to do it now? how many of those pictures and scultpures were made by women or from cultures where men and women were equal?, just curious, not that i disagree i just think oddly you actually made the other sides point more than your own.

if you make a game about their culture and then show men the same way (and **** that shortpacked bullshit where the author later contradicted herself with batman huge dong thing) then yeah, it is, no matter what tumblr says.

And your average Tumblr/Twitter "activist" (moar like slactivist) is well outside the games target audience anyway. I'd be surprised if most of the people complaining had played more than a few matches or even played the game at all

I never had time to get into smite, that said I've followed the game from it's icneption, reading up on the site lore, browsing the art gallery and watching some streams here and there telling myself "One day I'll install this and play it". What has happened to this game is the perfect example of why modern society is fucked up the ass over sex. The way7 some bigoted close minded ass-hats with no actual fucking knoledge of history bitch and moan about the character designs in this game is just ... argh! And the only thing sadder is that hi-rez actually gave these fucking clowns the time of say and altered their designs.

So ok, let's do this: All these female goddesses, no matter the most bestial aspects some may have, all share a common theme: somewhere in their story they must represent the pinacle of a female trait. They were ment to be visions of the perfect female traits, as seen by their respective societies at the time. So what do you do when you bring those ideas in a modern game? You update these depictions to represent modern visions of perfect female traits. Most common among all ancient goddesses was beauty/sexy-ness. Where does the bullshit sping up here? Aparently it's considered exploitation to show what an idealized female body would look like to our modern society. Because aparently you can be morbidly obese whale, if you have a vagina you must be allowed to think you are perfect and you must not be shown what an actual fucking healthy woman would look like. Because aparently beeing a sexy woman that is not afraid of her sexuality and accepts it and has no problems showing it labels you a whore in today's prudish society of political correct bullshit. Aha ... fuck that noise.
The second pieace of bullshit in all this is this: It's a fucking f2p game. No one is forcing you to play it. NO ONE! Got a problem with it's art? Boycot it. Don't play it. Don;t be an entitled litttle shithead and demand something you clearly have no interest in ever touching be changed because it "offends" you. You know what? Life sucks! Wear a helmet. If you are such a cry baby you must demand the entire world change it's tune because you felt offended, then go crawl back up your mom's vagina. Smite isn't some state-mandated game that all people must play. Chose not to play it, and let those who do fucking play it enjoy their game.
The final and worst piece of bullshit about the game is this: The counter Kali crap, which someone before me brought up: Bastet. She started out a little strange, but feline, but then lo and behold, the players thought she was ugly and complained no one was playing her. So they make her a sexy lady with feline features (kind-off like an anime version of bastet). But then people who have no fucking connection to the game see this and cry foul like the pussies did with Kali and then the shit never ends.

Ultimately what do we learn from here? That if Hi-Rez actually had some common sense they would have taken one look at all this crap and said: "Don't like our art style? Don't play the game. Shit, you guys aren't even playing the game, why the hell would we change for you?" as for the Bastet scenario, what I would have done was straight make her a furry character. But of course, it would be "pornofied" because somewhere in the corners of the internet a sad 14 year old who just discovered paint made a naked version of her and posted it on deviant art. Yeah ... Bottom line: Smite's goddesses to me look like what would have happened if someone in modern times decided to invent goddesses based around the same ideeas the ancient people did.

I should probably pick it up and try playing it again.
I love cartoonish and comics style of depicting sexinness and Smite pretty much does things right. It just MOBAs don't really click with me. I wish there were more PC games with such an aesthetic. They are pretty rare, especially the good ones.
So no, not too sexual for me.
Moreso, comics sexinness, while looking good, is not exactly sexual. Like cartoonish food that does not make me hungry all that much, cartoonish ladies do not exactly make me want to go bed someone. Because it is, well, cartoonish.

zumbledum:
so if something is historically and culturally over sexed to start with , then its ok to do it now? how many of those pictures and scultpures were made by women or from cultures where men and women were equal?, just curious, not that i disagree i just think oddly you actually made the other sides point more than your own.

So wait, you're saying they shouldn't be using the source material?

Nods Respectfully Towards You:
Wasn't their a huge clusterfuck of a thread about this not that long ago?

Yep!

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.864640-Tried-to-fight-sexism-in-Smite-Got-insulted-into-oblivion-Do-players-WANT-sexism?page=1

If you'd like to know what THIS thread will be about, feel free to look in there.

LostGryphon:

Nods Respectfully Towards You:
Wasn't their a huge clusterfuck of a thread about this not that long ago?

Yep!

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.864640-Tried-to-fight-sexism-in-Smite-Got-insulted-into-oblivion-Do-players-WANT-sexism?page=1

If you'd like to know what THIS thread will be about, feel free to look in there.

...Huh...so history really DOES repeat. Even faster then what I think is traditional.

In any case: one could argue that they actually toned DOWN some of the goddess, since a lot of them are completely naked in 90% of their source material. That said, I think that they maybe went a little over kill on some of the goddesses, but the fact I could guess who a lot of them were from just looking at them says they're doing something right to me at least.

Nods Respectfully Towards You:

zumbledum:
so if something is historically and culturally over sexed to start with , then its ok to do it now? how many of those pictures and scultpures were made by women or from cultures where men and women were equal?, just curious, not that i disagree i just think oddly you actually made the other sides point more than your own.

So wait, you're saying they shouldn't be using the source material?

no im saying his argument that its true to the source material so it cant be sexist, is using an assumption that the source wasnt sexist, without showing any evidence to prove it , infact as he showed a lot of images of paintings and sculptures all done by men from times and cultures where women were not as equal as maybe they are now is actually proving the opposite point to what he intended.

I hugely disagree with this video.

True. True. You demonstrated that it could be argued that the designs were true to myth (which, I still think it debatable.)

There's still the much more real issue of "Is this trivializing the Hindu faith?"

Can you imagine the outcry if they featured "sexy Mary of Nazareth?" Her special abilities are "Immaculate Conception" and "Born without Sin." You could even show her in "wet garment" look that was popular during the Roman empire. Technically, it would be true to the art-style and origin, but it wouldn't be handling the material in a mature and culturally respectable way.

Need I even suggest what would happen had they represented Islamic figures in their game?

Now, before I get the FREE SPEECH argument yelled at me. Does it not seem like either all religions should be up for grabs or none of them? Particularly when it is a religion with a following of a billion people?

Religious depictions in art are an EXTREMELY sensitive subject and not homogenous even within religions. Many religions have deep-seated Iconoclastic tendencies, INCLUDING movements directed at Hindu art. (see also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iconoclasm )

tl;dr: While the game design may respect the art of the mythological characters, it still does not respect the sensitive issue of differing opinions on the representation of religious figures (i.e. an issue that has inspired wars).

zumbledum:

Nods Respectfully Towards You:

zumbledum:
so if something is historically and culturally over sexed to start with , then its ok to do it now? how many of those pictures and scultpures were made by women or from cultures where men and women were equal?, just curious, not that i disagree i just think oddly you actually made the other sides point more than your own.

So wait, you're saying they shouldn't be using the source material?

no im saying his argument that its true to the source material so it cant be sexist, is using an assumption that the source wasnt sexist, without showing any evidence to prove it , infact as he showed a lot of images of paintings and sculptures all done by men from times and cultures where women were not as equal as maybe they are now is actually proving the opposite point to what he intended.

Not sure how that's sexist when all they're doing is adapting a fictional character from earlier history. The source itself could be marginally sexist I suppose but that should have no bearing whatsoever on anyone that ever uses them.

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