New Star Wars Game Faces Backlash Over Masculine Female Character

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For all you gamers out there, you’ve probably noticed a not-so-subtle trend of late. Female characters don’t exactly look so feminine anymore, and people aren’t thrilled with it.

If you’ve gamed for a while or are simply a mom of boys, you probably noticed at some point or another that female gaming characters have never been all that realistic. But now, they’ve gone from one extreme to another.

Remember the all too girly features many games used to employ? You know, the kind that could make even your sailor of a dad blush? Legitimately, there were concerns about those games becoming porn of a sort for many young men drawn to the opposite sex.

So naturally, over the years, the gaming industry has taken the cues given them and fixed the problem. But they have a new problem now: they’ve taken things too far in the opposite direction.

Take the new Star Wars Outlaws game that is set to drop for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC in August, for example.

The game is set in a time between “The Emperor Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” Kay Vess has been named as the main heroine of the game and is one of the said “outlaws.”

Like most gaming characters, Kay Vess’s image is based on a real-life model or person. In this case, she is based on the stunning Venezuelan actress Humberly Gonzalez. She is the woman on the left below.

The woman on the right is Kay Vess, the character based on her image.

Now, to be clear, like every character, the two are not supposed to look exactly the same. But I don’t think anyone would disagree that gaming developers, Massive Entertainment, and publisher Ubisoft have changed things A LOT.

As many have already pointed out, the most significant change is the jawline. Notice how unfeminine it is.

But as former team lead of “World of Warcraft” Mark “Grummz” Kern posted on social media, that just seems to be today’s trend.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it has to be done.

“Spider-Man 2” followed the same trend.

Can’t we find a happy medium here? With females that actually look like females, for starters? They don’t have to be Miss Universe, but neither do they need to be Janet Reno.

Besides, it’s not like people buy or play these games to support woke causes like transgenderism.