When Gaming Publications Get Called Out — The Last Of Us Edition
You know, I thought we were past this now.
I remember a few years ago, looking at two different versions of the same poster for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (incidentally a book I am currently reading), and Emma Watson, who plays Hermione as we all know, looked strangely different, for some reason, in each version. Sure enough, one version had a different, darker filter applied but that wasn’t all. No. For some reason, Emma’s breasts were slightly altered in one version, as opposed to the other. Keep in mind, at the time she was not yet an adult.
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And I have to say, it sickens me when we treat women like objects in this manner. Whether it’s hypersexualising or disempowering (neither, actual words). Sure if this is the cover of GQ or FHM, which creates business through objectification, then it’s no problem. But why in a movie poster? Or for that matter, why in a game?
I sincerely hope that Game Reactor stands alone in doing such silly things, because the picture below, well, speaks for itself, I think. Check it out:
So they get artwork submitted, then take matters into their own hands and remove Ellie from the frame entirely. Why? Are women such weaklings or so unattractive to gamers now? Seems almost a stark contrast, doesn’t it? Maybe they felt that people would think Joel was a paedophile, or something. I just don’t understand why Game Reactor would do such a thing other than: They’re douchebags.
This kind of attitude… I can’t even say it needs to change because I thought it did. Fuck sakes, guys, we got Remember Me this year. And BioShock: Infinite and The Last of Us both showed strong female characters. What more does it take for people such as these to get it through their thick skulls that women are not objects, to be treated in this manner?
Until then, let’s name and shame, shall we?