Skullgirls' Designer Speaks Out Against Sexism Complaints

By Lauren Alessandra on December 7, 2011, 7:41AM EDT
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Lead designer of Skullgirls, Peter Bartholow had some things to say against critics who claim that the title is sexist and simply anime fan service.

"Our lead animator is a woman," Bartholow insists. "She intentionally lavishes attention on the breasts herself because she thinks it's cool."

Skullgirls focuses around a cast of strong females who have special attributes and powers. Although the girls appear in short skirts and tight tops, the women's clothing and sexuality do not play a huge role as far as gameplay is concerned.

"We don't have anyone like Cammy [from Street Fighter], who wraps her legs around your leg then beats you senseless with her Kegel muscles - or whatever is going on in that Cammy Super."

Surprisingly enough, it's not women who are complaining about the Skullgirls' looks; it's men. Females in fact seem to take the opposite approach to the artwork as the girls are simply curvy, but very strong. Contributing artist Alex Ahad is known for his voluptuous female protagonists like in Scott Pilgrim versus the World.

Hopefully, Bartholow's statements will clear the air on the Skullgirls title. Perhaps these boys just can't take a cast of strong leading females. For more information on this title, check out our hands-on preview.

Source: Eurogamer

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