Was reading this thread and felt an interesting mixture of amusement and overwhelming urge to throttle OP.
While it seems that DOTA2 female heroes are largely sexy and young and gorgeous, I find it hilariously ridiculous that it is a point of contention. Basically there are two things to discuss: Are they really as one-dimensional and sexualized as they seem; and is there even a problem in sexualizing of video game characters in the first place (Females and males included)?
Are they really as one-dimensional and sexualized as they seem?
The current count of female DOTA2 heroes stands at 17, with the list being Drow, Mirana, Templar Assassin, Luna, Phantom Assassin, Spectre, Broodmother, Naga Siren, Medusa, Vengeful Spirit, Crystal Maiden, Puck,, Windrunner, Lina, Enchantress, Queen of Pain, Death Prophet in no particular order.
Out of these 17 heroes:
Medusa is terrifyingly unsexy.
Puck is an ugly Faerie Dragon.
It’s a stretch to call her ugly, but DP is reasonably deformed, being a ghost and everything.
Windrunner is the least booby female hero in all of DOTA2 and while her costume bares her midriff it is more bulky than sexualized.
I think Enchantress is hot but since OP thought she was classy I guess she goes here too.
Spectre is pretty much sexless. In fact as I was drawing her I was really confused whether she was a boy or a girl. My final conclusion was a dude. I’m wrong!
Phantom Assassin is flat and wears PANTS. Preposterous!
Luna is a middle-aged lady modestly covering up most of her assets.
Let’s not forget about Broodmother because she’s a motherfucking terrifying spider.
Does Naga count? Her boobs are hanging out but she’s half fish.
In any case, that’s more than half of the female heroes being varying degrees of unsexy. Sure you have QoP, but she’s a freaking succubus, it’s her job to look ravishing. The rest, like Lina, TA, Mirana and the like…I don’t know. I think they’re gorgeous. I like gorgeous women.
Is there even a problem in sexualizing of video game characters in the first place?
No. Look at your dainty Luna in her modest full-body cover-up. Then look at this:
And look at this horrible mess of fats and blood:
TOO BAD. It doesn’t matter if you have a MILF or a hamwhale, things are inevitably sexualized because Rule 34. And more.
Personally I think that Valve is doing lovely with character design and balance between sexy chicks and ugly motherfuckers.We have our non-humanoid female heroes (Puck, Broodmother), our gender ambiguous Spectre (much like the dear Brienne of Tarth that OP loves so much), our old ladies (Luna and DP), hideous woman Medusa and our hot chicks.
Besides, how come no one cares about the blatant sexualization of Dota2 male heroes! I know we have our Pudge and “Triplechin” Lion and Timbersaw, but look at Axe. And Lyncanthrope and Bloodseeker and Beastmaster. Omniknight is goddamn Chuck Norris. All of them the supposed epitome of male sexuality. So many of them topless too. It’s not fair that people are harping over how the female heroes’ boobs are “spilling out” are when they don’t care if you have muscular topless male heroes parading their sexy ass around. In fact I could spawn a whole new blog post detailing how unrealistic expectations of beauty are affecting both men and women. People only care about the poor women developing eating disorders and not about men developing terrible body issues because they are not tall or buff enough. What’s even worse is that different cultures have radically different interpretation of male beauty. Korean male stars are so feminine they are on the verge of sprouting a nice rack on their chest but the generally western opinion of male beauty is ripped.
Okay back to topic.
Picking any random top search choices from the keywords “Dota 2” (Link 1, Link 2) reveals their top demographics to be “Male, 18-24 years; Male, 13-17 years and Male, 25-34 years”. If your target audience is to be males of 18-34 years old, obviously the models of the heroes would be geared towards visually appealing and sexy females. Nothing is terribly misogynistic about any of the female heroes – It’s not as if female heroes are exclusively support heroes bringing their male counterparts sandwiches and buffs, TA or Drow can kick some male ass any day. OP insists that Valve can make the upcoming female heroes “less sexualized and more interesting”. Sexy women aren’t interesting anymore? Just because QoP has a couple of DDs suddenly her interesting backstory becomes nothing? The personality and character that Mirana portrays through her voice actress and her lore is irrelevant because she’s so sexy? Isn’t that so misogynistic of you too to assume that sexy depictions of women are just a reflection of sexualizing females in a patriarchal society rather than a sexy woman wanting to be sexy / just being sexy? There’s little variety (compared to male heroes) because there is simply not enough female heroes for it to be even comparable.
The whole troll thread was also full of arguments on semantics. The thin line between “feminine beauty” and “sexualization” isn’t even mutually exclusive. I think CM is beautiful, but she can also be sexy. Why is it that once I find her a sexy lady, it is suddenly unacceptable? OP is such a full of shit feminist. Sexy women can be beautiful, sexy women can be interesting. Goddamit. In fact, I think OP is more sexist than anyone. I don’t think people place as much emphasis on booby female characters as she, she’s the one objectifying the heroes and then accusing the character designs for making her surface her inner sexist.
I don’t think I say this enough but I really hate militant feminists and their slew of issues and oversensitive feelings of sexual victimization by the media or by society or some bullshit. I’m a goddamn female and I want to stare at QoP’s boobs so fucking shut it already.
I have tit envy.