Love them or hate them, you can’t really deny that Blizzard does a pretty good job at making Overwatch’s event skins rather thematic. The skins can be a little silly of course, seeing as how Soldier: 76’s latest skin has him fully embracing his Dad: 76 persona, but most people generally don’t have a problem with introducing some extra flavor into the game every once in a while. Unsurprisingly, the latest Summer Games event thus featured some skins that are meant to reflect the season’s most prolific activities. However, it appears as though not everyone is pleased with the event, and this time, it has nothing to do with getting 50 duplicate voice lines for a Hero that they don’t use.
Apparently, at least one concerned parent has taken to Blizzard’s forums to voice their displeasure. According to Ned_of_House_Flanders, some of the new skins, particularly Mercy’s and Widowmaker’s but especially McCree’s, are just a bit too revealing for their taste, as demonstrated by the following portion of their post.
WHAT? What about this skin has anything to do with the character you’re building in McCree? It’s not fun, its not silly, it has nothing to do with being a futuristic cowboy LARPer. It just reduces McCree to another bland male sex symbol, with his shredded abs and whatnot. We aren’t looking at a Tracer pose here, this isn’t a character who is in part defined by flaunting her sexuality. This skin says to the player base, oh we’ve got all these cool diddly-doodly diverse characters, but at any moment we are willing to reduce them to sex symbols to help boost our investment game.
To be fair, Ned_of_House_Flanders does have a bit of a point: while some of Overwatch’s other Heroes do occasionally show up to battle wearing only a pair of shorts (most notably Zenyatta, Junkrat, and Roadhog), only one Hero in the game has a pose that gives the impression that they are ready to rip off their shorts in a moment’s notice. In any case, Ned_of_House_Flanders continued their rant to some degree, dedicating an unusual but admirable amount of time and effort to giving a psychoanalysis of Mercy and Widowmaker and how they wouldn’t dress up as the Greek goddess of victory and a normal blue skinned girl at a beach, respectively, due to the deep, rich, and vast deposits of Overwatch lore that Blizzard has unveiled over a reasonable amount of time lately.
Blizzard has declined to comment on the issue, but judging by Soldier: 76’s supposed face of pleasure at being able to find his matching socks and sandals just in time for the event, it is entirely possible that they intended for Soldier: 76 to be Overwatch’s controversial new “sex symbol” of the year. Either that or Blizzard is forward thinking enough that they believe socks and sandals will become the next big fashion trend.
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