We know from personal experience that when you're super busy, finding the time to clear your "butt controversy" Google alerts becomes harder and harder. As such, some of you might have missed last week's butt-centric battle – one that divided folks on the Internet the way a buttcrack divides a butt.
If that is indeed the case fear not! For those concerned about looking like an ignorant ass at this weekend's dinner party, we've whipped up a quick overpoo. Sorry, overview. Fill your glutes – er, I mean boots...
An Overwatch character got a new victory pose this week, following a complaint about her old one.
Last week, an Overwatch player by the name of Fipps complained on the game’s forums about time-jumping adventurer Tracer's “over the shoulder” victory pose.
“What about this pose has anything to do with the character you’re building in tracer? It’s not fun, its not silly, it has nothing to do with being a fast elite killer. It just reduces tracer to another bland female sex symbol,” he or she wrote.
“We aren’t looking at a Widowmaker pose here, this isn’t a character who is in part defined by flaunting her sexuality. This pose says to the player base, oh we’ve got all these cool diverse characters, but at any moment we are willing to reduce them to sex symbols to help boost our investment game.”
You can read Fipps’ whole post here.
Here’s what the over the shoulder pose looked like:
Naturally, this being the Internet, some felt that Fipps’ complaint was ridiculous, and some didn’t. Others noped the hell out of there, not wishing to have their brains corroded by a pointless Internet argument. But then a miracle happened! A calm, reasoned discussion followed, then all sides went out for a cup of tea and some biscuits.
At said tea party, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan stated that he actually agreed with Fipps.
"We made the decision to go with a different pose in part because we shared some of the same concerns,” he said. "But also because we wanted to create something better."
“We’ll replace the pose. We want *everyone* to feel strong and heroic in our community. The last thing we want to do is make someone feel uncomfortable, under-appreciated or misrepresented. Apologies and we’ll continue to try to do better.”
“We actually already have an alternate pose that we love and we feel speaks more to the character of Tracer," he added.
“We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision, and that’s okay. That’s what these kinds of public tests are for. This wasn’t pandering or caving, though. This was the right call from our perspective, and we think the game will be just as fun the next time you play it.”
This decision might be a reflection of changing values at Blizzard. In 2014, company lore master Chris Metzen told Kotaku that Blizzard was consciously wanting to have more female characters that weren’t just sexy femme fatales.
“We’ve heard our female employees,” he said. “And my daughter tools me out about it. She saw a World of Warcraft cinematic of the Dragon Aspects, and my daughter was like, ‘Why are they all in swimsuits?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know. I don’t know anymore’...
"We want everybody to come and play. Increasingly people want to feel represented from all walks of life, everywhere in the world. Boys and girls—everybody. We feel indebted to do our best to honour that.”
Last night, Blizzard revealed Tracer's new victory pose, and many on the Internet quickly pointed out that it's a pose that was popular with pin-up girls from the '50s:
Even so, the response to the change appears to have been extremely positive.
"This is a pretty brilliant revision," wrote Reddit user Stormzilla in the pose thread's top-voted comment. "The designers managed to address the complainant's concerns regarding the original pose not being 'playful' and 'fun' enough, while also keeping Tracer's butt squarely in the pose, thus satisfying all the other people who were outraged over possible censorship." Word up, Stormzilla.