Sexism, Laziness, and Game Design
David Ellis a Halo developer recently came out saying on twitter that the new character models in Metal Gear Solid 5 were “Don’t care if this gets me in trouble. This character design is disgusting. Our industry should be better than this.”
I couldn’t agree more with this statement but I would like to say at the same time you should look at you own game before judging others. I know there is no sexism in the Halo series, lol!
He went on farther to say the following. Sexuality in games can be “used for purpose,” Ellis said, noting he thought it worked in Platinum Games’ action title Bayonetta. However, in the case of Metal Gear Solid V, he said, “this feels lazy and exploitative.”
If I really wanted to play devil advocate here I could say “Dude, you work on a game that promotes all out violence! And don’t get me started on lazy game design.” I had to use lazy because you brought it up first Mr. Ellis.
I know the Halo series has some groundbreaking achievements in your game development and design, so let me list a few here.
1. Shoot other player
2. Die then respawn
3. Shoot other player
4. Rinse and Repeat
I know most of you know me here, so I am just trying to make some points here without starting too much. Because I play a lot of games and I try to judge with a clear mindset before coming out with an opinion.
Do I think there is a problem with sexism in games? Absolutely! This also requires a little bit of common sense too and I wish that a lot of people would take some time and think about what they want to say before the actually open there mouths.
Do I think there is a problem with laziness in-game design? Without a doubt!
There a lot of issues I have with they ways that games are made today.If I had to pin it down right now, think our bigger problem with gaming is lack of imagination and lack of quality development teams who are exploitative of our money and who could care less about the product they’re putting out. Thank you Indie game developers for carrying my torch!
I know a lot of you that read this site have come to know that I pretty much speak my mind and do that as much as possible. I don’t advocate taking out all the sexy characters out of games or the violence for that matter. What recommend with a little bit of common sense flowing through me is that if you don’t like a game or object to the content, then its easy don’t play it or support that company. Just don’t go on a witch-hunt and drag me into it I’m the last to buy into political correctness.
I’m just a guy who likes games.
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