Vanillaware’s upcoming Dragon’s Crown has garnered a lot of attention for its striking art direction, and a large part of it has been the problematic designs of the Sorceress and Amazon characters. We’ve all heard plenty of outcry from the games press and regular fans, but recently a Gearbox Software environment artist took to the forums on The Escapist to express her dissatisfaction.
In response to user Moonlight Butterfly, Shaylyn Hamm (who posts under the name Chemical Alia) posted the following:
“I wanted to come in here and say something, but then you said basically what I wanted to say but way better. I want to see more women getting interested in games and game development, but stuff like this only serves to further cement the idea that you’re stepping into a male hobby rather than something that is more inclusive.
“Also, this is the first time I’ve seen that character and holy shit, ahahahahahaha. That’s actually something that made its way into a basically finished video game, fucking lol! Some juvenile delinquent kid in my 5th grade class used to draw girls that looked like that (only without the creepy blank, featureless samefaces and wizard hats), and I think he was actually better at it. I also think he’s in jail now. This is amazing.”
Personally, I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment. It’s a bummer that I probably won’t be able to play the game with my buddy and his daughter without having to explain to her that this is the male gaze at its worst.
Source: The Escapist forums