July 17, 2012
Fat Borderlands 2 Character has Facebook in an Uproar
Borderlands just released some extra background info on an NPC named Ellie. They wanted to create an opposite from the typically portrayed female character in video games. Kudos to them? Though I wish they wouldn’t see it all as black and white. Video games seem to make women either super hot with the nice boobies or absolutely hideous. At first I kind of scoffed about this character and thought it was a little stupid, but when I read about how they needed her to be strong and a potent enough character to contend with her flamboyant brother I understood.
The comments on the facebook post from PC Gamer however are flowing in. Of course there are always trolls on facebook, but this character certainly did cause more discussion than just the typical “Ew gross” or “First” comments. Girls on the post were asking why can’t there be a normally shaped female character with clothes on, and boys were saying how they thought it was funny. One guy even made a comment about how it seems silly that it’s sexist if a female character is sexy but not if a male one is sexy.
As far as I can see, Borderlands is supposed to be a funny game. I think that its more realistic that there is characters with different shapes and sizes. Ellie looks like a tough, self sufficient chick as far as I’m concerned. Not all heros are pretty. You can make Commander Shepard in Mass Effect be pretty ugly. I make her a really tough looking woman. Not much sexy about her. If you were saving the galaxy in heavy armor with a shotgun, you probably wouldn’t have your tits out everywhere. Those are the kind of female characters that I like. Not saying I dislike the characters with big boobs bouncing around (that can be fun too) but I’m more likely to get attached to characters with a little more spunk.