Tracer’s new win pose has us bending over backwards in search of sanity
A week after Overwatch’s time-jumping adventurer Tracer’s spandex-clad posterior caused the internet to explode, Blizzard has released a new update for their team-based shooter. While the update introduces a number of new features and tweaks to the game, the most notable change to the title, as expected, is the removal of the character’s controversial “over the shoulder” victory pose, which had caused quite a clamor when the developer revealed their plans to axe the stance following complaints from some users, who viewed the animation as a cheap way of sexualizing the character.
Rather than simply cutting the animation out altogether, Blizzard took the liberty of adding a new, and arguably sexier pose in its place. Sure, Tracer’s banana yellow badonkadonk is less prominently displayed in the new victory stance, which highlights the spunky assassin’s lengthy limbs in a playful pose, but would you look at those gams! While we’re not going to sit here salivating over the pulse pistol-packing heroines getaway sticks – after all, we’re not prepubescent gremlins at Hey Poor Player, I think the developer’s decision to replace a relatively tame win pose that some players decried as something a bit too sleazy for the character at hand with a pose that, at least to me, is much more provocative, really underscores just how ridiculous the mania surrounding #Bootygate is to begin with.
We humans, in all of our sweaty-palmed glory, have an unrivaled penchant for finding stimulation in the most mundane of things. In a time where it’s vogue to exclaim your love for clenched armpits from the mountaintop, it’s hardly a surprise that someone would find either of these poses a bit erotic, even if most of us more moderate observers sitting awkwardly on the sidelines may think they’re as banal as Ben Stein on a NyQuil bender.
Clenched armpits and washed-up comedians turned washed-up conservative pundits aside, I can’t help but think this knee-jerk trend of re-shaping an artists vision for the sake of appealing to a small but vocal base does anything but set a pretty grim precedent for future releases. Sure, we can take the omission Tracer’s spherical rear end with a grain of salt, but who’s to say another concerned player isn’t going to take issue with her impressive leg span? It wasn’t too long ago a similar outpouring of frustration caused Bioware to totally re-do the ending of Mass Effect 3 due to fan outrage. Should we really be letting the vision fans have for their games overshadow the design intended by a title’s creators? I certainly don’t think so. Consumers should absolutely have a voice, but when we let the war drums drown out the vision a studio has for their own creations I think we’re approaching a slippery slope, especially when something as trivial as a pair of tights can be what it takes to alter the shape of a game.
That said, Tracer’s over-the-shoulder salute may go on in infamy as the booty clap heard around the world. I just hope that thunderous back-end boom isn’t remembered the first shot in a battle that changes the way developers stand by their visions for their creations.
So, what are your thoughts on #Bootygate? Do you feel like Blizzard’s handling of the new Tracer win pose was a good compromise for both sides of the issue, or do you feel that this whole thing is a bit ridiculous? Be sure to sound off in the comments section and let us know!