We need to talk about the character designs in Wildstar.
We need to talk about the character designs in all science fiction and fantasy franchises that feature non-humans.
Wildstar is a science-fiction MMO currently in beta, developed by Carbine Studios. The general thrust of Wildstar is something along the lines of Firefly, Star Wars, and Ratchet & Clank; not exactly a grimdark sci-fi thriller. The mechanical features look interesting and the art style, in and of itself, is really vivid—but what they’re doing within the style?
This article is just utterly brilliant - it’s really hard not to see the sexist double standard in the exaggerated sexual dimorphism / anthropomorphification of the female “races” in science fiction and fantasy games (and in the genre as a whole) when it’s laid out like this. It really comes down to a bunch of people going “um, because it’s hot? I guess” which is just not good enough anymore, if it ever once was.