Blizzard alters Overwatch’s Tracer’s sexualized victory pose following player objections

    
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Call it “The Great Butt Controversy of 2016.”

If you didn’t see it pop up all over the internet last night, here’s the deal: There was some hubbub around a specific Overwatch character pose that some found out-of-character and sexualized, so Blizzard announced that it would be changing it around. The result? Some players claim it’s pandering to an oversensitive crowd, while others applaud the studio for being willing to make adjustments.

The pose in question was one of the character Tracer looking over her shoulder and accentuating her backside. In a thread on the official forums, one poster mentioned concerns that this pose turned a “fast, silly, and kind” character into a “bland female sex symbol.”

After some discussion, Game Director Jeff Kaplan announced on the forums that the pose would be changed, saying that the art team had been struggling with it and wasn’t completely happy with the pose either.

“We’ll replace the pose,” Kaplan said. “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.”

He followed up his initial announcement with a longer explanation into the decision, stating, “We wouldn’t do anything to sacrifice our creative vision for Overwatch, and we’re not going to remove something solely because someone may take issue with it. Our goal isn’t to water down or homogenize the world, or the diverse cast of heroes we’ve built within it. We have poured so much of our heart and souls into this game that it would be a travesty for us to do so.”

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Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

IMO for an athletic character her butt is kinda small.
However I still feel the same as you in regards to the actual pose. I found it super bland and uninspiring. A little hip tilt, and a little more attitude in the way she looked back, an arched eyebrow, a cheeky grin would have been welcome. Instead… Tracer is just looking back. The pose has no life in it.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

It’s been a growing trend!

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

That’s funny. When in think ‘elf butts’ the entire race leaps to mind, men and women both. I think it’s a general assumption that elves are all gorgeously proportioned. They’re the ideal, really. … Which makes them a bit bland, so that their sole true defining feature becomes their ears ~ which in turn are fetish fuel!

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I recall there being a study in Australia a few years ago, the target was attempting to track what men and women found attractive, deep deep down. It came down to arm length and general proportions.
Mind I take this, and in fact *all* studies with a grain of salt, but speaking as a straight male, when it comes to finding someone attractive, whether or not her body could bear children is probably the *last* thing on my mind!

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

In my experience the super ripped male figures usually end up being more of a hit in the gay male community. I have met a few women that are into he-men, but most of them were unsurprisingly homophobic.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

*not* mostly for men. Female gamers comprise about 50% these days, in a wide range of ages and socio-economic demographics. Men, women, trans, etc, we all like our escapism!
And the Patriarchy is alive and well, you’re just too busy being a victim to notice.

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I hang out with both gay and straight women, both groups of friends turn that whole ‘lady like behavior’ social construct on its ear!

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I’d for one would love it if Blizzard had the guts to add an androgynous character or two. I’m glad that at least not all of the males in Blizzard’s newest offering look like ‘roided-out jocks, but some slender males, an obvious nerd and a trap or reverse trap would really round them out. Might add to the fun!

ohforfs
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ohforfs

Shake that fanny!

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

IMO there isn’t one as long as A) it’s one of many options, which it was in this case. And B) the “sexualization” isn’t exclusive to female characters.