In a video game where female characters can kick someone in the balls so hard that their entire spine comes shooting out of their head…developers decided to ‘cover up’ their female characters’ bodies to portray a more “realistic combat”.
In one of the dumbest stories that I believe I have covered on this site, NetherRealm’s art director Steve Beran confirmed with Polygon that the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11 will ‘desexualize’ their female characters and he is not bothered by the backlash.
“Our design is just getting more mature and respectful. You’re not going to wear a bikini to a fight. You’re not going to be showing so much skin. I think it’s just what the game is about: You’re going in to fight for your life, and you’re not going to be wearing such scantily clad items.
“I’m sure that will disappoint some fans. We don’t have bathing suit fighters, and I think that’s fine. If people are disappointed, I don’t regret making that change by any means.”
Yeah, because in a video game where undead zombie ninjas use their inner demons to rip their opponents in half with their bare hands, we don’t want to do crazy things like fight in bikinis or something, how would anyone take us seriously? As Bounding Into Comics pointed out that despite the effort to cover up the women, those efforts weren’t shared with the men of the series, some of which are fighting in jhorts.
It is no secret that feminists have taken issue with the sex appeal of the Mortal Kombat series for quite some time. Progressives were outraged at the design of female characters of 2011’s Mortal Kombat and NetherRealm has been trying to atone ever since.
Here are some designs from MK9 that causes so much stir.
And here are the designs that will be in MK11
Now you are probably saying to yourself “Well Razor…those costumes from MK9 are gratuitous and a tone down of Mileena fighting in layers of strings was needed for the progress of the series”. Well, to that let me respond with the complete display on Fatalities the game has to offer because if there is one takeaway to have in this discussion, that is ripping out your opponent’s spine and shoving it back up his own ass…that’s fine. But we are drawing the line at giving women D cups you incels!
Mortal Kombat 11 launches on PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One on April 23rd.