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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On beauty and Overwatch; Blizzard's masterful use of sex appeal to make the game fun for all


Opinion by Matt S.

Overwatch has proven to be a rare beast indeed; an online-only, competitive multiplayer shooter that I can’t get out of my head… or, indeed, stop playing. The only other shooter that I’ve even continued playing after publishing a review of in quite some time was Splatoon, and Overwatch is certainly closer to a traditional example of the genre than Nintendo’s oddity.

To be entirely frank, one of the key reasons that I have continued playing is that the characters are beautiful, and therefore I care about them. Men, women, and robot alike, as a guy that really does need quality characters to enjoy a game, Overwatch’s key to success is the characters are distinctive, interesting, and attractive. I'm not the only one who thinks this, either; there has been an utter explosion of fan art and cosplay of the various characters, almost from the point the game was released.

But what really sets Overwatch apart is that it not only features beautiful characters, but it actively goes out of its way to reflect just about every idea of beautiful that is out there. And that’s something I think is worth talking about, because it doesn’t happen very often at all in games.

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On beauty and Overwatch; Blizzard's masterful use of sex appeal to make the game fun for all
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