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.

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  4. hitechx - September 24, 2012 3:16 am

    see more review and trailer game
    http://www.hitechx.com/2012/09/18/borderlands-2-review/
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  5. TattooedKitty - July 19, 2012 6:01 am

    I agree with Nate on this, just like guys, girls also want to play a character in a game that is a strong person, someone that appeals to part of who they are. But I’ve got to admit that a sexy female character does appeal to me (I’ve got a long string of sexy ladies in my gaming arsenal), but everyone’s version of ‘sexy’ will be different… for me, my character needs to be sexy but also strong and have some presence about her, something that makes her unique. I love games where you can really modify your characters look, adding scars, tattoos, changing the build (I like a it of extra muscle) etc. I also think the undead look is sexy, go figure!

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  6. thsoundman - July 17, 2012 11:06 pm

    I hate to admit this but I get tired of the way a lot of women are portrayed in games… sexy and slutty. I have to give some props for going outside of the norm on this one. I think it’s kinda funny to be honest but at the same time refreshing. Video games are like the movies anymore… everyone has to be outrageously pretty.

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  7. Nate - July 17, 2012 4:33 pm

    When Guys play as a hero in a game they want to play as a strong person. A leader. Women gamers want that too and most women in games are only modeled to appeal to the opposite sex. While the male characters are also designed to have characteristics that appeal to males as well so they will want to play them. It’s terrible that women are always designed as sexy or comically ugly. But I applaud the Borderland devs because the could have easily just made a super sexy lady slapped her in the game and be done.

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    • IronJade - July 17, 2012 4:37 pm

      Honestly, this is probably the best point that could be made on the matter. Good going devs.

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