It´s truly tragic that some “certain” groups (mostly Tumblr people) love to cause a lot of trouble over nothing. In this case, everyone (including myself) was really happy and excited for Nintendo´s announcement of the playable version of Linkle in Omega Force and Team Ninja´s upcoming Hack and Slash game “Hyrule Warriors Legends” (which is set for a release to 3DS on the 25th of March in EU and North America next year). So far, so good. Well, so I thought. However, out of nowhere came people from Tumblr who started to bring in topics such as transexuallity (just for the record, I have nothing against transsexual or transgender people whatsoever), sexism, misogyny, feminism and politics into the mix. And I find that to be rather saddening, as a lot of Zelda fans have been waiting a very long time for an official Linkle announcement (before the official announcement was made, Linkel was just shown in some concept art pictures for the Japanese version of “Hyrule Warriors” for the Wii U, so it was somewhat unclear if Linkle were to be included in the final version of the game at the time). I mean, talk about ruining a perfectly good party mood right there.
So In a way, all of this made me think about that one time when Kanye West ruined Taylor Swift’s Winning moment At The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. As this was Linkle´s moment in the spotlight, NOT the SJWs, feminists nor PC Bros (all of which lives in the land of Tumblr).
And it doesn´t seem to matter all that much to them (SJWS and feminists) that Nintendo has finally given them what they always wanted either (a female version of Link, well, sort of at least). As the SJWs and feminists then started to rant about Linkle´s design being “sexist“. And yes, you guessed it. They also ranted about “misogyny” (what a surprise…). In other words, you simply can´t please these people. As it´s impossible. For example, Ubisoft got complains about “Assassin’s Creed Unity” not having enough female protagonists and Co-op characters. So Ubisoft changed that in “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate”. Well, they got slammed by The International Business Times for doing that.
In fact, The International Business Times stated that Ubisoft was “Exploiting Feminism For Easy PR.”. My point would be this, no developer should ever try to please these people (SJWs, PC Bros and feminists). As it´s a mission impossible kind of thing. And not only that, do you remember Tale of Tales “Sunset”? You know, the indie game that was made especially with Anita Sarkeesian in mind? Well, the game sold so bad that Tale of Tales had to close down their studio. You get my point? You simple can´t both eat and have the cake at the same time (sell a lot of games and keep the feminists and SJW movement happy and sound and the very same time).
Then we got the part that concerns Linkle´s gender, because just like in the case with Brianna Wu´s statement about Samus Aran being a transgender woman. Quite a few Tumblr users started to state that Linkle is a transgender female (A male Link in a dress). Once again, I have nothing against transgender (or transexuals for that matter) people. However, why is it always that SJWs start to make claims such as this when big companies such as Nintendo announce a new playable female character? I mean, it´s not their character nor their creation. Still, somehow it´s their´s to claim and shape into something “else”. I would also like to add that I found the following in Prima Games gudie for Hyrule Warriors (on page 246):
“Linkle: Female version of the hero Link. Created to be like a little sister to Link.” – Hyrule Warriors Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 246)
And zeldawiki states the following on their Linkle page:
In other words, Linkle is a CIS female until Nintendo states otherwise officially. Personally, I don´t care if Linkle is a CIS female or a transgender female. As I would still be equally happy about having her in “Hyrule Warriors Legends”. And I´m quite sure that most of the Zelda fans feel the same way as I do about that.
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This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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