One of the few games I have been following is the upcoming Spider-Man for PS4. I was a bit taken aback at a gameplay reveal earlier this year when footage of his opponent Silber Sable was shown, who looked like a menopausal feminist instead of a total sex bomb. This certainly tempered my excitement. Moments ago I just read about an update on Spider-Man that made my virtual hard-on for this game shrivel: Not only has the marketing for DLC started before the release of the actual game, which is an incredibly offputting practice, said DLC also features one of the ugliest virtual women I’ve encountered in recent times.
If you thought the female protagonist of Horizon: Zero Dawn, those lesbians in The Last of Us II, or Max Payne’s mom in Remedy’s game Control looked bad, then I have some very bad news for you. Look at this:
Don’t those developers want to maximize the sales potential of their games? Going out of your way to create an unattractive virtual woman will not net a single extra sale. This reminds me that I wanted to write a longer post on the issue of ugly women in Western video games, covering economic ramifiations as well, so more on that some other time.
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