Yes, Mortal Kombat Gives Gamers "Empowered Females"
It may be supremely violent but it's not sexist.
In fact, Mortal Kombat X creative director Ed Boon believes the controversial franchise actually empowers women in ways other video games don't.
During a recent GamesMaster magazine interview (as cited by GamerHeadlines), Boon addressed female representation in the industry and said:
I feel like MK represents empowered females more than almost any game out there. You know, Mileena, Kitana, Sonya, now Cassie Cage — she’s going to one of the stars of this thing [Mortal Kombat X]. So I don’t think anybody can associate Mortal Kombat with any kind of...
Our female characters are treated exactly like our male characters, and we have a higher percentage of female characters than almost any fighting game, so I really believe that Mortal Kombat represents empowered women more than almost any game. I hold that up against almost any franchise at all."
All of that is true, of course, and there's no doubt that the game is universally violent. It's not more violent when it comes to women and yeah, there are plenty of females on the MK roster that totally kick ass. So, technically speaking, Boon isn't wrong...right? I guess we'll never get away from the violence issue in general, though.
1/2/2015 10:22:30 PM John Shepard