Hey, thank you for making an intelligent post. I'm sorry that there are people who are telling people to "grow up" about it. Maybe they need to start realizing things.
You bring up excellent points and it's unfortunate people ignore it because there are so many of them and go "lol tl;dr". People really don't want to accept that there ARE some problems in how everyone is portrayed. And if you think it doesn't affect anything, it does. We live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by so many depictions of men and so little of women, and telling women they need to "suck it up" is stupid. I mean ****, I'm a dude and I'm tired of seeing it.
It's unfortunate people are told to shut up about oversexualization when it's such a ****ing problem.
I don't give two ****s if it's "A FANTASY GAME OMG RELAX". This opens up so many opportunities, doesn't it? Like for god's sake, we could do with some variety.
For the other guys out there who disagree and say really stupid **** in reply to this, sincerely hope you aren't anywhere near women. I'd hate to see how you treat them irl if you can't go "wow, tou know what? I like these designs but I agree they need some work."
People are mad at the sexualization of males which honestly is not that big of a deal. Women are CONSTANTLY sexualized, and sexualized men are pretty rare. It's not the same thing, sorry.
Can we stop these threads for god sakes?
It's a FANTASY GAME. There's a reason the females look like goddesses and the males look like Greek gods. People will generally want to be in a FANTASY where they're what the general populace calls attractive.
I know someone is going to bring up Gragas against me, but look at what Zileas said about him in the Spider Queen thread. He isn't attractive and that's why he wasn't played in times ago.
Can everyone kindly shut up over sexualization? It's getting as old as Zilean.
(P.S I disagree with your age associations, as you don't seem to factor in hair and history properly.)
Very nice post. I am glad to see more people in the community raising this issue. I am, however, jealous of your patience and drive in writing something like this. Assuming you were writing this just before posting, I was napping while you were taking an effort to help Riot.
I see a lot less trolling and poor arguments than I usually do on threads like this. I think I ought to apologize for making harsh generalizations about the community at large.
I am glad to hear that this is getting discussed there at Riot. I have to say that I have been disheartened when I see a red try and dismiss the problem, but hearing that it is getting talked about gives me hope. Along with the OP, I would be very happy to see League of Legends be a place where anyone feels welcome. Sadly I can't say that it is yet. It may seem strange to some of you, especially when other game companies are doing the same thing. Seeing a lot of young women be turned away from games because problems like this make me really jaded, sometimes enough to think that games just aren't worth it, that I would be happier taking my degree elsewhere, that I should try working in an industry that will grow into something great, go somewhere incredible. But most days, it hurts to think I have ever even said something so insulting about the medium I decided to dedicate my working life to. When I see friends of mine uncomfortable with being a part of something they could have loved, I cant help but feel disheartened. I think about how deeply economically entrenched the gaming world is on focusing intently on its current core audience, it is not like any game company can just up and change things like that.
But you aren't just any game company are you? No. You are not. You went and made the most played PC game in the world, growing from a start up, to a giant without peers. As much as you can try and be humble, that is your doing. Yes the players pay the bills and make the game work, but millions of people don't just decide to come together without reason, and League of Legends was a good enough reason for millions. You are worthy of the respect and power you have. You have earned it. What is to stop you from turning back those who turned away? Habit? Old industry trends? I don't believe those could stop you. The recent honor system is meant to find the pillars of the League of Legends community, who make others feel welcome, who help it grow. Be a pillar of the game community at large, be the one to hold up on high the ideal of inclusivity. You will forever be remembered for it and clear the way for others to also do the right thing. They may not be as strong or as powerful, but they will have it easier, for they will be following the footsteps of giants.
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