As of late we’ve been getting a lot of fighting games. It’s no secret. Most of them tend to be either sequels or established properties in which there are a plethora of characters to choose from. This leads to fan speculation, outcries, demands, etc. to insert so-and-so. Lately I’ve noticed a trend (as far back as Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds) where people whine and demand a) female characters and b) black characters. These are the two most requested, I’ve noticed. I believe some companies have even given into these demands or worries. For example:
X-23: in Marvel could have very well been Black Panther
She-Hulk: (kinda debatable since she is sort of an essential Marvel character)
Trish: I personally feel she was chosen from the get-go just to add another woman to the Capcom side of the roster
Hsein-Ko: while many fans were clamoring for John Talbain, Hsien-Ko made it in because she “felt right” in the versus series and Nitsuma likes the character
Shuma-Gorath: While not female, it was specifically stated that they wanted to add him to add diversity to the characters - basically they wanted less humanoid characters. This could also have helped Sentinel win the advantage over Juggernaut in terms of being selected.
As for the new Injustice…
Killer Frost: over Captain Cold, essentially stripping the Flash of his villain counterpart.
Harley Quinn AND Catwoman: though the excessive Batman characters is a complete other discussion, I can’t help but feel both of these women were added for this very reason.
Hawkgirl: The obvious choice here would have been Hawkman, he has his own series in the New 52
Batgirl: Though only rumored, on top of the surplus of Batman characters, this would feel like it would be the ultimate roster choice made for the wrong reason
Street Fighter x Tekken
Christie: Everyone who knows Tekken knows Eddie. He’s one of the most recognizable faces in fighting games, though he didn’t make the cut and his female counterpart did. Sounds fishy.
Nariko: While this is debatable, to me it reeks of gender equality.
I could keep going on and on, but I think you get the picture. Anyone who watches a stream chat or a character speculation thread may have picked up on this.
Basically, what I’m asking the community is “what do you think of this?”. In a medium (comics, too) that’s dominated by male characters you’re bound to have them show up in these collaboration and licensed games. Is it really worth taking away someone who would feel like a perfect fit for a reason this small? That’s what I want to know. I know how problem with females or female characters. I have a problem with dumb choices for dumb reasons. When someone like Hawkman is excluded so they can have another character with boobs, it seems dumb to me. Chime in with what you think.
I totally butchered my initial thoughts on this topic, I had a much more interesting and convincing argument but it’s all left my since I got out of work
If you’re gonna post, please have something constructive to say. Otherwise, take some time to reflect on what in your life led you to coming on the internet and acting like a child.