***Update 1 – 2016-03-29 – 13:45 CEST***

Before I even kick-off this update I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who stood up against Blizzards SJW nonsense last night (95% want Tracer´s butt pose to be left alone via Straw Poll, plus 3,300 people have voted so far). So give yourself a round of applause, because your worth it (a lot of people won´t give Blizzard another dime after their Tracer “anti-butt” stunt). With that said though, Blizzard has now activated their full damage control plasma shield. You see. Jeffrey Kaplan (Aka “Tigole”) posted the following on the “Overwatch” forum today:

“Well, that escalated quickly…

While I stand by my previous comment, I realize I should have been more clear. As the game director, I have final creative say over what does or does not go into the game. With this particular decision, it was an easy one to make—not just for me, but for the art team as well. We actually already have an alternate pose that we love and we feel speaks more to the character of Tracer. We weren’t entirely happy with the original pose, it was always one that we wrestled with creatively. That the pose had been called into question from an appropriateness standpoint by players in our community did help influence our decision—getting that kind of feedback is part of the reason we’re holding a closed beta test—but it wasn’t the only factor. We made the decision to go with a different pose in part because we shared some of the same concerns, but also because we wanted to create something better.

We wouldn’t do anything to sacrifice our creative vision for Overwatch, and we’re not going to remove something solely because someone may take issue with it. Our goal isn’t to water down or homogenize the world, or the diverse cast of heroes we’ve built within it. We have poured so much of our heart and souls into this game that it would be a travesty for us to do so.

We understand that not everyone will agree with our decision, and that’s okay. That’s what these kinds of public tests are for. This wasn’t pandering or caving, though. This was the right call from our perspective, and we think the game will be just as fun the next time you play it.

If it isn’t, feel free to continue sharing your concerns, thoughts, and feedback about this and other issues you may have with the game, please just keep the discussion respectful.

Thanks,jeffrey (btw, unlocking this thread. please continue the discussion here)” – Jeffrey Kaplan (Aka “Tigole”), game designer at Blizzard

So there you have it folks, Blizzard is now a full-blown SJW loving company. Well, I really hope that Blizzard are going to enjoy that transformation, because I´m not going to support them with my money anymore.

Source:
Blizzard

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Okay, I´m going to admit right away that this was an early (and bad) April 1st kind of joke. Sadly enough though, that was not the case (at least not this time). Yes, it´s true. Blizzard is removing Tracer´s behind pose from Overwatch. As “some” people have found it to be “sexualized” and “too sexual”. And that my Gamer friends is just pure madness and nonsense. And doesn´t all of this sound awfully familiar? You know, like in the case with R-Mika´s butt-slap? Well, this seems to have become a very negative kind of trend among Western developers and publishers.  As everything appears to be “problematic“, “triggering”, “offending” and “sexist” now.

In my opinion, enough is enough. It´s time for us to put the fot down against those who wants to remove everything that offends them from our games, because if this trend don´t die out. Then we might not even be able to play as females in games at all (unless they are covered up from top to toe). Well, I don´t know about you, but that sure isn´t the kind of games and industry that I want to support.

And speaking of which, Gamers are up in arms over Blizzard´s bad decision to remove Tracer´s behind pose from Overwatch:

the e-sports writer tracer tweet.

He thought that it was a joke, but it´s not…

chel bunny tracer tweet

When a female Gamer and cosplayer drop a comment such as this, then you know that Blizzard has messed up big time.

lyeric tracer

I bet that there will be a million Tracer ass pose pictures, videos and what not in the near future.

Personally, I don´t get what´s so controversial about a video game female´s behind. Sure, I can only speak for myself of course. Nevertheless, the “Overwatch” forum got caught on fire when Fipps published his (or her) post earlier today (a lot of people don´t agree with Fipps):

“WHAT? What about this pose has anything to do with the character you’re building in tracer? It’s not fun, its not silly, it has nothing to do with being a fast elite killer. It just reduces tracer to another bland female sex symbol.

We aren’t looking at a widowmaker pose here, this isn’t a character who is in part defined by flaunting her sexuality. This pose says to the player base, oh we’ve got all these cool diverse characters, but at any moment we are willing to reduce them to sex symbols to help boost our investment game.

Getting art into a triple A game isn’t a small task, it has to go through an implementer, a team lead, an art director, and a creative director. This is a team effort. And I believe the team is responsible for upholding the great example overwatch can set to the rest of the industry for creating strong female characters.

I have a young daughter that everyday when I wake up wants to watch the recall trailer again. She knows who tracer is, and as she grows up, she can grow up alongside these characters.

What I’m asking is that as you continue to add to the overwatch cast and investment elements, you double down on your commitment to create strong female characters. You’ve been doing a good job so far, but shipping with a tracer pose like this undermines so much of the good you’ve already done.” Fipps, a “Overwatch” player and mother (or father)

I understand where Fipps is coming from. However, I would like to point out the following things:
1. A lot of the “Overwatch” characters have over the shoulder poses that show off their backside (male as female)
2. Blizzard has the artistic freedom to create whatever worlds and characters that they may desire. You are free to disagree with Blizzard´s creations, but no one should be able to force them to change any of their creations due to any “I´m feeling offended” rants.
3. Shouldn´t parents (or who ever this may concern) be more worried about what MTV airs 24/7? (Miley Cyrus, Iggy Iglesias, Nicki Minaj and so on) As MTV spits out much worse stuff every day of the week.
4. Who comes that Fipps doesn´t bother about Widow being sexualized? Is it perhaps because she or he (and her/his daughter) sees her as a “bad guy”?
5. Tracer wears a jumpsuit kind of outfit, and that makes her aerodynamic. And that allows Tracer to perform advance gymnastic moves (just like real-life athletic females in the Gym, the Olympics and so on). In short, it´s not about being “too sexualized”. As most athletic clothes sit very close to the skin (it´s the same thing for male athletics).
he intention.

savetracersbutt

Lyeric is a really good artist imo :3

However, I hardly doubt that it matters all that much what I have to say. Since I haven´t had much luck in the past when it comes to proving my points to people who have already made up their mind about things…Even so, I still wish that people would stop crying wolf over things such as this. I mean, our world hasn´t been this dark and evil since World World II. And still, people whine and rant over a digital female´s backside…Let´s just say that I think that we got more important “problems” to take care of at the moment (ISIS, global warming etc).

With that said, what do you guys and girls think about all of this? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!

Source:
Chel Bunny
The E-sports writer
Blizzard

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38 Comments ON " Blizzard removes Tracer´s behind pose from Overwat... "
  • WEL

    another fallen butt. Why is always the butt? ;(

    • I have no idea, personally. I love female butts :3

  • Lord Vector

    This is absolutely absurd.I’m so sick of developers censoring female character because someone got offended. Blizzard should be ashamed for removing her behind pose.

    • You are 100% right Mr. Duke Nukem. And you should head over to Blizzards HQ and teach them a lesson for life. Give em hell 😉

  • Philip Weigel

    As I’ve said on Twitter, any company that censors content to appease the offended crowd I shall censor my wallet towards.

    • I think that´s the only tactic that will work against them really. As it´s quite obvious that they don´t care what people say. And action speaks louder than words.

      • Philip Weigel

        Yep.

        In other news, I recently bought a figma. Assassin of Black from Fate/Apocrypha (spin-off/alt version of Fate/Stay Night).

        She cost me 100 bucks tho.

        • You did? Cool =) Wow…Then again, I guess it´s a high-quality kind of figure/statue?

          • Philip Weigel

            Yeah, very HQ from what I know of them.

          • Nice :3

    • ewokingdead

      Umn that’s not censorship and blizz did exactly what was asked for

      • Philip Weigel

        My response is part annoyance at companies kow-towing to SJWs, part knee-jerk reaction due to said companies doing that crap and part disgust at stuff.

        Now I see the new pose and I’m like “okay, good job”.

        • ewokingdead

          but ths has nothing to do with SJWs at all. especialy since

          1. the OP isn’t a SJW it was 1 guy
          2. he asked that it fit her personality more
          3. the original pose was a place holder that every character had, one by one it was replaced except for Tracers

          The problem is it seems like you jumped in on all those GG “news” videos that said “GAA THIS IS SJW”S RUINING VIDEO GAMES!!!”

          when in fact it had absolutely nothing to do with that.

          • Philip Weigel

            1: Guys can very much be SJWs, see Steve Shives.
            2: Look up “Replacement Theory” and how SJWs operate, that is completely within the scope of SJW mannerisms.
            3: I admit, I had no clue on that one, however they were changed without incident nor needing to be asked, which makes people go “why is this so special?”

            Consider the following…

            GTA V gets pulled from store shelves in Australia because of a loud minority
            DOA Xtreme 3 gets no release date due to fears of outrage
            Both Cammy’s Intro and R. Mika’s super get edited so that their butts don’t show as much due to “wanting to be more inclusive”
            LIonhead studios pulls an ad down that has a bar wench holding two frothy mugs of beer in front of her chest
            A joke about a transphobic guy killing himself because he slept with a trans person was removed in another game (forgot the name right now)
            Inoffensive content was removed from Fire Emblem Fates and the Dialogue was changed to be full of memes.
            Several other Nintendo products have content, such as swimsuits, removed from their Western releases.

            All because of a small, loud minority complaining about them.

            That’s just in video games, I didn’t mention all the “no platforming” going on in colleges or what happened to Tim Hunt or Matt Taylor from those same people.

            All of that by SJWs.

            And you tell me how people’s first reaction is to go “damn SJWs” isn’t logical when that stuff has been going on pretty heavily for the past 20 months now.

          • ewokingdead

            1. Never said they couldn’t be guys I was saying it was 1 person who did this

            2. should i get my tin foil hat out?

            3. Because this was the last one and it was taking a long time, so someone spoke up. Blizzard was taking their time because they had 3 poses they were deciding on.

            A. GTA V gets pulled from store shelves in Australia because of a loud minority – no that isn’t what happened at all. Target Austrailia pulled it from the shelves for good PR. It is STILL on sale in 90% of the game stores in Austraila. There was a Change.org pettion Target looked at a game that had been out for over a 1.5 years and decided they could get good PR with Moms and stop selling a game that wasn’t selling.

            B. “DOA Xtreme 3 gets no release date due to fears of outrage” Right… A company that has been releasing cheesecake games for over 20 years yes 20 years since DOA1. Suddenly gets scared? BUT still releases DOA5 Last Round in 2015? Meanwhile DOAX Paradise sells more in Japan then The US and they said several times over the past 3 years that there was no market for DOAX3.

            There was no outrage over it. Find me 1 single Tweet or Article about DOAX3 and how it should be banned PRIOR to November 25th 2015.

            C. “Both Cammy’s Intro and R. Mika’s super get edited so that their butts don’t show as much due to “wanting to be more inclusive””

            After the Crossfire incident it doesn’t suprise me that Capcom is trying to be more inclusive. Which btw happend in 2012 long BEFORE Anita Sarkeessian even did a video

            D. “Several other Nintendo products have content, such as swimsuits, removed from their Western releases.”

            Welcome to 1985. Games have ALWAYS been censored when brought over. In fact the opposite is true Japan censors a TON of American games. There is a channel called Censored Gaming you should check out. It documents not only Japanese censored games but US games censored in Japan and suprisinglly its a lot of nudity that gets censored.

            So in short what’s your point? Video games have ALWAYS been censored its not because of some new SJW movement.

            You are also acting like SJW are some big cohesive group with a cohisve phlosophy. They aren’t. Hell SJW is just a pejoritive used to describe someone you don’t like.

  • glasssoldier

    This is completely pathetic, giving in and catering to these crazy people will only make it worse in the future.

    • Correct, and stuff like this will continue to happen as long as developers and publishers bow down to the SJW movement.

  • Clayton Weaver

    Kaplan’s reply is total bullshit! If they truly had those concerns they would have went with the second pose from the start. Blizzard has never had any balls to begin with and can’t really make anything new. Remember the failure that was Starcraft Ghost?

    • Yep, Blizzard basically did the exact same thing as Phil Spencer did when the GDC 2016 after party “incident” went down (Phil´s open letter).

  • His response reeks of back pedaling and fluffy language to cater to both angry fans and SJWs, hope they like money b/c they just pissed a whole lotta people off

  • Sevuz

    So this weakling and his boss are pissing their pants because 1 person began to whine in the forums… BAHAHAHA, oh dear has blizzard no balls at all xD

    *THE BUTT OF EVIL* coming this summer 😛

    • That would be correct. Well, at least from what I´ve seen and read so far. Nope, and like I said before. I bet that Blizzard will censor more characters in the future.

      • Sevuz

        I fear that your are right. Seems like they want to be the 2nd Nintendo

  • aeris bueller

    You’re actually missing the point. They have a problem with a character who’s personality wouldn’t flaunt her sexuality having a ‘sexual’ pose. I don’t even agree Tracer’s pose is really sexual, but the reason they’re keeping WidowMaker poses in there is because those poses do fit with her personality, and she is someone who flaunts her sexuality. If they were just being mindless SWJs they would have removed all the WidowMaker stuff as well.

    • Don´t give Blizzard any ideas now…

      • ewokingdead

        Yeah you missed the point and blizz did exactly what the guy asked for. Also blizz hates gg

        • Why should anyone care what ONE person thinks and wants? Especially since the majority didn´t want the change done. Funny enough though, Tracers new pose is even sexier than the old one:
          https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CfUdF0bUUAA5c9F.jpg:orig

          • ewokingdead

            well seeing as the pose was ALWAYS going to be removed as it was just a placeholder it seems kind of silly that people didn’t want it changed.

            But pleasse show me how the majority wanted the PLACEHOLDER pose to stay.

            The problem wasn’t that it was sexy the problem was it DIDN”T FIT HER CHARACTER. This pose fits the character.

            You lilsten to too many gamergater idiots on youtube who didnt understand what this was about, it was never about it being too sexy it was about it not fighting her character.

            This fits her character

            but you know don’t let facts get in the way of your rage

          • What are you talking about? The pose has been there since day one. Mate, there was even a online poll for it. And +90% wanted the pose to stay. Yeah, right. I guess that´s why Blizzard came to their senses as soon as people started to state stuff like “too sexual” or “over sexual”. Dude…”Overwatch” was Unveiled at BlizzCon 2014. Are you kidding me? The very same people that whined about the first pose hate the new pose even more. Personally though, I don´t mind either one of them. And quite frankly, I think the whole thing was a PR-trick by Blizzard (as the game is set for a release in May).

          • ewokingdead

            facepalm… the pose the over the shoulder pose has been a PLACEHOLDER POSE hence why its been there since Day 1.

            EVERY character in Overwtach had that exact same pose. One by one they were replaced, Tracer was the last one.

            Show me this poll that says 90% of all blizzard fans don’t want it to change.

            There weren’t people complaining about the pose there was 1 guy who wanted to see her have a pose that fit her personalty.

            I don’t beleive you are a real gamer because you don’t know shit about Overwatch.

          • That was my point, people liked it. So why change it? There is no official Blizzard poll. However, there´s this one http://strawpoll.me/7212830/r (almost 14,000 votes so far – https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/comments/4cboqc/petition_to_keep_tracers_over_the_shoulder/). One guy? Are you serious? There was more than just ONE guy. And you avoided my past statement, they NEW pose got complaints from the same people who whined the first time (like Brianna Wu, for example).

            I have played games since 1989, and I have worked in the games industry since 2005. So nice try boyo, but no buy.

          • ewokingdead

            … people liked the defult pose that EVERY OTHER CHARACTER GOT REPLACED!

            So no official poll…. just an online poll and all of thse people are unique and all are people who want to buy Overwatch?

            Because 14k is to small of a sample size to accuratlely measure the 2 million pre orders.

            That poll is meaningless.

            Yes 1 guy. on the official blizzard overwatch forums. He is the one.

            Haha bullshit there is no way you work in the games industry HAHAH that’s fucking hillariuos. you don’t even know what is going on here. Go back to your shit life kid and leave the video game debates to adults.

  • Philip Weigel

    “This isn’t pandering!” – Proceeds to totally pander to the anti-gamer crowd, causing gamers to get pissed at them.

    • Exactly, and that´s also why we´re having all this fuss right now. Hell, some people are even turning their backs on Blizzard as we speak.

  • Pussies

    • Yep, and it´s not the “good” lovable kind either.

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