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Voice of The Last of Us’ Ellie rips Ubisoft over male-only cast in Assassin’s Creed Unity
Ashley Johnson, the voice actor whose role as Ellie in The Last of Us earned her a BAFTA award, weighed in on Ubisoft’s male-only cast of playable characters inAssassin’s Creed Unity, chiding the publisher and its developers for not including women.
"When I saw the gameplay and saw that [in] their multiplayer you do not have the option to play as a female. I was like, ‘Give me a fucking break!’" Johnson told VideoGamer.com in an interview on Friday. “It’s 2014! How many video games do you have to make to realize maybe have an option to have a female be in there?”
However, her co-star, Troy Baker, cautioned that if this controversy means video games now include an obligatory female character, it risks tokenizing them and making the situation worse.
"I think that’s almost even more disrespectful than not having women in the game," Baker told VideoGamer.com.
During E3, Ubisoft became enmeshed in controversy when Alex Amancio, the creative director for Assassin’s Creed Unity, said playable female characters were excluded from the game’s four-player co-operative mode because modeling and animating them in the game would have doubled their workload.
"It’s double the animations, it’s double the voices, all that stuff and double the visual assets," Amancio said. "Especially because we have customizable assassins. It was really a lot of extra production work." Ubisoft representatives held to this answer as other publications questioned and criticized the design over the week of E3.
Ubisoft later issued a statement, reiterating the diversity of the Assassin’s Creed development team and noting the series has had playable protagonists who were men and women of color.
Still, Johnson said the choice made by Assassin’s Creed Unity and its justification “did make me upset. … There are a lot of females that play video games, and it would be nice to see stronger females in a game that are not just the damsel in distress, the love interest or she’s oversexualized.”
This post speaks volumes about a studio getting in too deep before they know what hit them. Ubisoft announced around the time Assassins Creed 2 was released that they would release a new Assassins Creed every year. We quickly saw that this was a poor choice because the games are not as In-depth and history rich as they once were. Because of this and attempting to force a multiplayer element into a game that really doesn’t need one, the developers have continuously disappointed masses of gamers both male and female. Ubisoft needs to understand that quantity of games doesn’t mean quality year after year if the development team doesn’t have time to flesh out every aspect. In reality Ubisoft could have held off on the release of Unity for another year so that the development team could properly design female characters; for crying out loud females were the biggest revolutionaries of that time and they want to exclude them. It’s not like the fan base will abandon Ubisoft for taking their time to develop a great game; look at Bethesda, BioWare, and Rockstar, it takes them years before a sequel is release and it’s always phenomenal.
Long story short Ubisoft needs to stop making excuses and take more time to develop a better and richer game.
^^^^^^^ I mean, I love having games release quickly as much as the next person, but I’d much rather have to wait an extra couple of months and get a decent, quality game with more representative characters than get a bunch of half-assed games with all white, cis, hetero generic men. Give me some variety—decently realistic women would just be the start of it. This generally applies to all games—not just the Assassins Creed series. The video game business as a whole is extremely lacking in representation of all kinds, but that’s a rant for a different day.
I think it’d be rather exciting to meet a pirate.
#pirates of the caribbean was kind of a formative influence #and nothing about these movies so much as her—snarling selfish sea-hungry pirate king #sometimes I rewatch the first movie and laugh to myself about how little it understood her and will; how it tried to convince us #that will was the pirate because he was chasing after her; and pirates are obsessed with treasure #when elizabeth spends the first movie chasing freedom and the next two chasing him; chasing her freedom; chasing war; chasing the world #her wedding was interrupted and she held the man responsible at gunpoint until he gave her letters of pardon #she was mistaken for a sea goddess and accepted it without question; she led an army to war as though it were her due #and she did it all without ever apologizing for the lives she takes or the lies she tells and when she betrays sparrow with a kiss #he hisses ”pirate” because what else could she be
whenever i get low on money i start thinking really irrationally like what if i hadn’t spent that $10 back in 2004
The video is even better: http://www.vulture.com/2014/07/this-woman-killed-it-on-american-ninja-warrior.html
The male competitors are in awe the whole time, and even the commentators learned to stop saying, “I don’t think she can do this.”