Gamers Wet Their Faces Over Aloy’s Face in ‘Horizon Forbidden West.
It’s funny to see gamers reacting in a confused, terrified, and angry way to video games becoming more realistic and detailed. They are not wrong, I suppose. Because they grew up with Lara Croft’s triangular chest, Tifa’s jaggedy polygonal curves, and Lara Croft’s triangular chest, how could they possibly have learned about women’s anatomy?
Aloy is the protagonist of Horizon Zero Dawn and the upcoming Forbidden East. She’s undeniably cool. She’s a favorite part of the game for many. Others find her presence to be threatening. Gaming enthusiasts aren’t happy that her face is covered in peach fuzz if you zoom in very close. It’s almost like she is a human.
The same image of Aloy’s face has been making rounds on Twitter this week. Some people are snickering at her “beard” while others laugh at the jokers for not understanding what real people look like. It’s been quite an experience.
It’s not the first time gamers have become irritated by the protagonist’s Forbidden design. There were a lot of complaints last year from people who felt the protagonist was “too masculine”. Also, many beneficial wannabe gamers suggested “fixes” for her appearance. They included a well-airbrushed face, filled-in eyebrows, and thick mascara. These are all essential things in a post-apocalyptic world.
How important is a character’s appearance? It’s understandable to criticize their clothes for not being practical or fitting in the world that they live in. Understandably, people get upset about a fictional female character because she is not pretty enough. There are many things that I could say. I won’t know the first one that comes to mind. Instead, I suggest they talk to more real women.