Overwatch was a big hit when it was initially released and it still experiences steady growth, however there was a lot of controversy when the game was released around the sexualization of the female characters in the video game, with Blizzard the developer even removing a pose from one of the main characters known as Tracer. However Blizzard has not removed or redesigned any of the characters that critics have said are sexualized, to name a few; Tracer, Widowmaker and D.Va.
Metroid is a science fiction action adventure game that has sold over 17.44 million copies with the first game being released on August 6th 1986, the game, however, has been criticized for the way it portrays its female protagonist Samus Aran, she has become slowly more and more sexualized as time has gone on.
Batman Arkham Knight
Batman Arkham Knight was criticized by many for the way it portrayed its female characters such as Batwoman and Harley Quinn, for stuff such as their appearance obviously but also in Batwoman’s case the way she walked and handled herself.[smartad id="4" align="center"]
Dragon’s Crown is a 2D fantasy action role-playing video game which gained the spotlight after it was released due to its sexual loading screens and advertisement art, with Kotaku, other gaming publications and major British news publications writing about the game’s ‘interesting’ art style.
Soul Calibur is a weapon based fighting game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, which released heat for its ads and game artwork which was literally a close up of a female buttocks and another version with a close up of breasts with the game’s title and promotional content around it. Bandai did not really take much note of the criticism and used the attention to further promote game and released the further promotional content of the same nature right after.
Arcana Heart is a 2d fighting game developed by Examu Inc., the game’s characters are all females and it’s in a way similar to Street Fighter and Tekken, however, the game’s selling point is its sexual nature and content and also artwork, with all the game’s characters being very skimpy clothed.[smartad id="7" align="center"]
Dead or Alive
Now here things get real, for any season and knowledgeable gamer, the name Dead or Alive will definitely spring certain connotations to mind. The game has been so successful it has become a series first starting in 1996 and now more than 20 years later it is still going strong, the game was originally on the same basis as Arcana Heart with the all-female cast fighting each other however it has started to move away with its recent probably most successful title known as Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 since the cast with a few new additions hope to a tropical island and take part in activities such as volleyball and water skiing.
Killer Is Dead
Killer Is Dead is yet another Japanese game on this list, this 2013 hack and slash title has an interesting plot where you play as a deranged executioner from Tokyo and it was actually very good graphics that don’t look like they are anime. However, the game was accused of sexism by big industry publications such as gameindustry.biz which pointed out how the game allows you to seduce women with gifts and can spot ‘easy’ targets to seduce.
Street Fighter is one of the most successful video game franchises on the planet with over 40 million copies sold, however since its beginning the game has been criticized for the way it portrays its female characters with a lot of them not wearing a lot clothing despite that they are fighting and also some of their exaggerated features.[smartad id="8" align="center"]
Bayonetta is a great game, I have played it myself, however, I do have to admit that it is very sexual and many characters including the protagonist herself are sexualized. The action adventure game has a 9/10 score on Steam and also a 90% review score on Metacritic. GameSpot UK said quoting “Rampant violence and sexism is par for the course”.
Ar Tonelico is actually a big media project started by Gust Corporation and Banpresto but we will just be talking about the video part section, the Tonelico game is a role-playing game which allows you to traverse a massive universe with a lot of lore and develop your character, level up and learn a lot like this game has a serious amount of lore for real. However the game was in a bit of controversy after one of the biggest gaming blogs on the planet known as Kotaku wrote a post criticizing the games age rating of 15 despite some of the game’s content where the game characters appear poorly clothed during talk scenes.
Now this is by far the most controversial game on our list and it is banned in many countries around the world, the game has awful content that literally involve raping a schoolgirl on a Japanese train, the characters in the game all are sexualised by wearing tight clothes and certain parts very exaggerated particularly the breasts.[smartad id="4" align="center"]
Double Dragon was very big during the 1980’s and it was the first big video game controversy, it all started from the game’s trailer where a gang punched a woman, stole her belongings and carried her off and while doing so her under garments were exposed to the viewer, furthermore the player was required to beat up females us a male character and also in the sequel of the game gun down women. It was a real shock to many as during those times the majority of gamers were younger people mainly children and there were a lot of parents in uproar.
Custer’s Revenge is an adult video game for the Atari 2600 and released in 1982, from the games cover you can get a sense of what you are getting yourself into with the cover being that of the protagonist grabbing a woman by the pussy (Donald Trump reference anyone?), anyway the game’s graphics are nothing incredible but you play as a character wearing nothing but a cavalry hats, boots and a bandana plus a very visible erection (no joke), with his job to have sex with a Native American woman. The company that developed the game called Mystique did not survive the following year following the video game stock market crash and no one was willing to risk bailing it out.