This year at E3 during the Xbox panel during a scripted “trash talk” bit someone made a scripted rape joke (male gamer to girl gamer who sucks at a game: “just wait, it’ll all be over soon.”) and then they acted like it wasn’t a big deal and then they released an expensive, anti-consumer (DRM on physical games) piece of hardware. And then Sony just released the PS4 which is just the PS3 but better graphics and $100 cheaper than the Xbox. So THAT happened.
But then Nintendo just quietly released a bunch of great looking sequels for all of it’s major franchises (Mario, Pikmin, Donkey Kong, and Smash Bros.) and every single one of those games interestingly features playable female characters who haven’t been seen in decades like Dixie Kong and Princess Peach - and Pikmin now has a new female hero.
One of my favorite things about Peach in the new Mario game is that one of the power ups is a literal “cat suit” and Peach’s “cat suit” doesn’t sexualize her at ALL. You can’t even see her boobs. She just looks like she’s wearing over-sized footie pajamas it’s so cute. Also they added a pink letter to the Mario logo just to accommodate Peach’s re-inclusion into the franchise as a character with actual agency!
So at the end of the presentation they tell you to go to the Smash Bros website to find out about new characters. And then they announced this character, Wii Fit Trainer, on the site. And in an interview the director said he gets thousands of requests for almost every video game character under the sun and he’s gotten absolutely zero requests for this character and he put her in the game to be funny and defy fan expectation. This character is literally “hey fuck you we’re the ones making the games around here, and we’ll be goofy and funny if we want to and also check it out another female character in Smash.”
Also the inclusion of the Animal Crossing villager is interesting because Animal Crossing is VERY popular with girls and even though the villager is male I’m 100% certain his alternate costumes will include the girl default villager character. So that’s neat. The three Smash characters they announced were two girl(ish) characters from two girl(ish) games and then Mega Man.
Also in the new Animal Crossing game boys are allowed to cross dress and all of the animals are explicitly genderqueer in the dialog. Characters say stuff like “Boys can ware make up if they want to, I mean, it’s 2013, who cares?” and just today a jock rhino was looking deeply into my eyes and asking me to hike a football and I asked him if he loved me (which was one of the option out of other options about sports) and he was like “Oh I guess a lot can happen when you look into someone else’s eyes like that, huh?” He didn’t even care that we’re both guys. Also in the new Pokemon game you can be black.
Basically what I’m saying is Nintendo is quietly and systematically making their games more socially progressive and Microsoft made a rape joke and then said “what? it was a joke.”
June 11 2013 was a good day.
This has to be one of the best start of any week EVER.
oh my god the whole thing about how all the animal crossing animals are gender neutral or genderqueer and how you can actually be gay for the other villagers and guys can wear girl clothes?????? and then being able to be black in pokemon too
never noticed how well nintendo’s being so inclusive and revolutionary and nobody’s even noticing
E3 was great! Just look at all brand new games they give us!
Just look at protagonists! Isn’t it great, how modern technologies let developers create so many different characters?! Just look at diversity of facial hair! Or how many hues of dark brown used for their hair!
Whose Line Is It Anyway is a show on ABC and ABC is a Disney owned channel and Kingdom Hearts has not announced any of the in-game worlds yet do you see it do you follow me are you getting the implication here
So people have been complaining about his blank expression.
But when you compare it to his original NES sprites, it makes sense.
That’s one thing I really liked that they did with him, they were really focusing on how much of a robot he is, as opposed to the more human-esque side of him you see normally portrayed.
I was really shocked they made his eyes digital displays and it actually makes a lot of sense. Seeing his eyes flicker and focus was just one of those moments watching the trailer where I was like “DAMN”. I’m just so used to thinking he’s an almost perfect humanoid robot that I forget that he IS a machine. And to show him off as a less then perfect robot in design was a really intense portrayal.
I guess this is silly rambling, but I really love what they did with his design. He really comes across as a badass super fighting robot, and if that’s not fucking awesome I don’t know what is.
(not to say I don’t love seeing his more human side either! I just think this is a nice, refreshing touch to remind people he is indeed a robot. believe me, I LOVE MEGAMAN AS A CUTE KID AND A BADASS ROBOT)