Tastes Like HypocrisySeptember 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Posted in Guild Wars 2, mmorpg | 20 Comments
Tags: Armor, Boom Posted, Concept Art, Guild Wars 2
Spirit here. Hunter posted yesterday about some discussion he and I had had about the duelist armor a couple days ago, and I wanted to weigh in and share my feelings on the subject.
Part of what seriously irks me about the duelist armor is that the human female version I previewed for that article is strictly for humanoid races. My female charr? She gets the full coat Hunter’s male human gets. It’s the same story with my female asura. Only the human, norn, and sylvari ladies are cursed with that lacey, sexualized mess. As Hunter said, I would much prefer the male version of the armor, its much more to my tastes in armor. I’m not terribly upset over it, I just had to cross it off my list of armors I might want.
I’m an avid skin hunter in Guild Wars. Ever vigilant for shiny new armor skins, a guy wearing the tier three human cultural set caught my eye the other day. I was excited because it wasn’t quite a full trenchcoat, and there is an absolute overabundance of trenchcoats in the medium armored classes. Best of all, it was covered in daggers. I get such a kick out of wearing armor more dangerous than my weapons. It seemed to me like a wonderful throwback to the Assassins I so loved dearly in the original Guild Wars (I always felt as if thief was a downgrade in badassness). It added up to being what I thought would be the perfect armor set for me, so I popped over to Divinity’s Reach to preview it on my own character. I got quite a shock, because this is what I saw.
I honestly believed at first glance there had been some sort of mistake. I thought (hoped) that there was a broken texture around my midriff and that I might be able to report the bug and see it fixed. Unfortunately, as Hunter pointed out to me, there is concept art for both the male and female sets is impeccably close to the in-game armor.
It’s not skin showing or bared breast that bothers me. It’s not about my tastes in armor at all. I actually like having armor that shows some skin; I’m certainly not above low cut armor. It’s not that I think it’s a bad armor set, and I might even still buy it in all honesty. It’s that if the male armor had had a gaping hole in the middle of it, I wouldn’t have even given it a second thought. But the male version gets a full coat and I get a…honestly, what is that even trying to cover my chest? A tissue? I hope my thief doesn’t have to do anything even remotely acrobatic anytime soon or gravity will take what remaining modesty the poor girl has.
Sarcasm and jokes aside, what bothers me is this silly double standard. I know ArenaNet cares about gender in MMO’s. Historically they’ve been so good to female players and characters alike. “None or six” anyone? Their non-sexualization philosophy even shows in some of their other armor even in Guild Wars 2 itself.
When I see these heavy armor sets side by side it even makes me think that perhaps the duelist and assassin’s armors are the exceptions that somehow slipped through the cracks. I don’t think ArenaNet is terrible or sexist for doing this, I’m just disappointed that some of the armor I’m most passionate about didn’t get the same treatment that the heavy class armors did.
So what’s to be done? I’m no artist, but I think the partial coat on the assassin’s armor could be made to cover her body in imitation of the male’s armor with some cleverly placed textures. Duelist’s armor could be fixed by making an equivalent for the female of the male’s version, and a male equivalent of the female’s version, making them two separate sets, since they hardly resemble same set to begin with. If you want a skin-showing assassinesque set, make something akin to the Assassin’s exotic armor from Guild Wars.
But if you’re going to add more armor, can it pretty, pretty please not be a trenchcoat? Speaking a medium armor class enthusiast, we’ve got trenchcoats like butter up in here.
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