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Meet Borderlands 2′s Ellie: The “opposite of how most females tend to be represented in games”

This is Ellie. You may have seen her in the latest Borderlands 2 trailer (unless you were distracted by the dangerously high levels of a-whimoweh), but up to now we didn’t know much about the series’ new NPC. I recently had the opportunity to send the Gearbox team a few questions about Ellie’s design, origin, and role — read on to find out who she is, how she came to be, and how Gearbox seeks to defy stereotypes.

These written answers were a group effort by the Gearbox team.

Who is Ellie? What role does she play in the story?

Gearbox: Ellie is Scooter’s sister. From a pure purpose level, we needed a character to introduce our new Bandit Technical vehicle, and since we were already using Scooter elsewhere in the game, it didn’t make sense for him to do it. Still, Scooter is “the car guy” in our universe and it felt like anypony who introduced a new car should still be connected to him in some way. Thus, Ellie was born.

The narrative goal with Ellie was to have a character who hits all of the tick marks of a good Borderlands character (funny, unexpected, looks as if they could probably kill you in thirteen different ways if you got on their bad side), while also making an independent female character who looked the exact opposite of how most females tend to be represented in games. We also wanted to make sure that, through her dialog and visual design, we never cast her in a light where the player is encouraged to pity, laugh at, or mock her because she doesn’t look like Jessica Rabbit.

How did her design come about?

GB: Ellie is one of Moxxi’s daughters from Borderlands 1. Being that she was Scooters sister we knew we had a challenge coming up with a character that wouldn’t be dwarfed by his over the top personality.

Originally this led us to a design where she was hugely muscular and tough playing off the idea of a woman who was more manly than Scooter was. This muscle-bound incarnation ended up being a bit too abrasive and bandit-y so we decided to keep her large size but at the same time soften her body shape. In this way she ended up being a strong woman with her own unique silhouette and style.

Who voices her?

GBJamie Marchi, who is awesome.

Was animating such a unique character a particular challenge?

GB: She certainly had some challenges unique to her size! We went through five iterations of neck fat and positioning so that she could make eye contact with you without her neck looking wrong. Making her balance look believable also required some special positioning; we had to lean her entire model back further to compensate for her chest size. Speaking of that, Ellie is one of two female characters in the game with custom chest animations. Our animators have a general rule that cup sizes over “D” cup get custom chest animations. The other character with “special” animation work is Ellie’s mom, Moxxi.

Does she ever bludgeon anypony with that giant wrench?

GB: No, but she does straight-up murder a dude in a really gory way less than ten seconds after you meet her. So, there’s that.

Kinda disappointed that apparently muscles on a female character are “too abrasive,” but this is still really neat.

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From this month’s GameInformer reader feedback

As anyone who’s played the God of War games can attest, the artists at Sony Santa Monica are some of the best in the industry. It’s baffling, then, that they would exclude female characters from God of War: Ascension’s multiplayer because they “do not look pretty” in combat equipment, as game director Todd Papy stated in your preview in issue 231. Not only is it disappointing for gamers, but it’s insulting to the artists. If making them look pretty was a requirement, of course the studio could pull it off - or they could design cool-looking female characters regardless of prettiness. Greek mythology has no shortage of women warriors, and earlier games in the series already had the likes of Athena, Lachesis, Atropos, and Erinys, who were perfectly at home next to Kratos and the other gods. I suspect Sony is either afraid to alienate their “dudebro” audience or they simply don’t have the budget for the additional effort. Either way, the reasoning that they wouldn’t “look pretty” is a load of garbage.

Joe Rinaldi

Austin, TX

GameInformer’s response:

Sony’s explanation for omitting female characters from Ascension’s multiplayer struck us as dubious as well. Surely we’ve moved beyond the point where women in video games are merely sexy eye candy, right?

rubyvroom:

lifeofkj:

xehatter:

chezamanda:

rationallyconcerned:

Aisha Tyler (Friends, 24, Archer) has recently been abused for her recent appearance at the E3 gaming show. Now, she hits back in a very interesting way.
[via @craiggrannell]

[Text: I play.
I’ve played since I was a little kid. Since I begged my dad to buy me a Nintendo LCD Donkey Kong, Jr.Since I blew through three weeks’ allowance playing Defender at the laundromat.Since you were a twinge in the left side of your daddy’s underoos.I’ve been a gamer since I made friends with a girl in the 5th grade just to get at her Atari.Since I missed the bus playing Galaga after school.Since I missed the start of Return of the Jedi playing Tempest in the theater lobby.You think you know. You don’t know.I’ve been a gamer since before you could read.Since I aced midterms after staying up all night playing Evil Tetris.Since I became dorm champ at Leisure Suit Larry.Since I double-wielded on Time Crisis 3 at Fuddrucker’s.I was a voice in not one, but two major video game titles.I hosted the Reach Beta tutorial.I was a Gears of War superfan panelist at ComicCon.I hosted the Ubisoft presser at E3 2012.I didn’t do any of it for the money. For most I got paid next to nothing, and for some, less than that.I did it because I love video games.Because I’ve dreamt since I was a kid of being in one of the games I love.How many games have you done voices for?How many cons have you repped at?Your buddy’s Unreal Tournament garage deathmatch doesn’t count.I go to E3 each year because I love video games.Because new titles still get me high.Because I still love getting swag.Love wearing my gamer pride on my sleeve.People ask me what console I play.Motherfucker, ALL of them.I get invited to E3 because real gamers know I’m a gamer.I don’t do it for the money.I have plenty of money.I don’t do it for the fame.Fuck fame.I do it because I love video games.I don’t give out my gamertag because I don’t want a mess of noob jackholes lining up to assassinate me on XBL. I don’t give a shit what you think about my gamerscore.I don’t play to prove a point. I don’t play to be the best.I play because I love it.I play.I’ve been playing my whole life. I’m not ashamed of it.I don’t apologize for it.It’s who I am.To the core.I’m a gamer.So to all the haters out there who claim I don’t play;To the GAF dicks, Gamespot trolls, To every illiterate racist douchebag on Youtube:Flame away. Go nuts.Post every jackass comment your heart desires.I’ll still be playing when your mom’s kicked you out of her basementand you have to sell your old-ass consoleand get a real job.For now, I say to you respectfully,and I mean this from the bottom of my heart,GFYS”]

She is perfect and I love her.

Perfect burn. I knew there was a reason I adored her.

wait, somebody gave her shit about gaming? where are these people so I can punch them?

this is old news by now but it’s still noteworthy.

rubyvroom:

lifeofkj:

xehatter:

chezamanda:

rationallyconcerned:

Aisha Tyler (Friends, 24, Archer) has recently been abused for her recent appearance at the E3 gaming show. Now, she hits back in a very interesting way.

[via @craiggrannell]

[Text: I play.


I’ve played since I was a little kid. 
Since I begged my dad to buy me a Nintendo LCD Donkey Kong, Jr.
Since I blew through three weeks’ allowance playing Defender at the laundromat.
Since you were a twinge in the left side of your daddy’s underoos.

I’ve been a gamer since I made friends with a girl in the 5th grade just to get at her Atari.
Since I missed the bus playing Galaga after school.
Since I missed the start of Return of the Jedi playing Tempest in the theater lobby.

You think you know. You don’t know.

I’ve been a gamer since before you could read.
Since I aced midterms after staying up all night playing Evil Tetris.
Since I became dorm champ at Leisure Suit Larry.
Since I double-wielded on Time Crisis 3 at Fuddrucker’s.

I was a voice in not one, but two major video game titles.
I hosted the Reach Beta tutorial.
I was a Gears of War superfan panelist at ComicCon.
I hosted the Ubisoft presser at E3 2012.
I didn’t do any of it for the money. 
For most I got paid next to nothing, and for some, less than that.

I did it because I love video games.
Because I’ve dreamt since I was a kid of being in one of the games I love.
How many games have you done voices for?
How many cons have you repped at?
Your buddy’s Unreal Tournament garage deathmatch doesn’t count.

I go to E3 each year because I love video games.
Because new titles still get me high.
Because I still love getting swag.
Love wearing my gamer pride on my sleeve.
People ask me what console I play.
Motherfucker, ALL of them.

I get invited to E3 because real gamers know I’m a gamer.
I don’t do it for the money.
I have plenty of money.
I don’t do it for the fame.
Fuck fame.
I do it because I love video games.

I don’t give out my gamertag because I don’t want a mess of noob jackholes lining up to assassinate me on XBL. 
I don’t give a shit what you think about my gamerscore.
I don’t play to prove a point. 
I don’t play to be the best.
I play because I love it.

I play.
I’ve been playing my whole life. 
I’m not ashamed of it.
I don’t apologize for it.
It’s who I am.
To the core.
I’m a gamer.

So to all the haters out there who claim I don’t play;
To the GAF dicks, 
Gamespot trolls, 
To every illiterate racist douchebag on Youtube:
Flame away. Go nuts.
Post every jackass comment your heart desires.
I’ll still be playing when your mom’s kicked you out of her basement
and you have to sell your old-ass console
and get a real job.

For now, I say to you respectfully,
and I mean this from the bottom of my heart,
GFYS
”]

She is perfect and I love her.

Perfect burn. I knew there was a reason I adored her.

wait, somebody gave her shit about gaming? where are these people so I can punch them?

this is old news by now but it’s still noteworthy.

(via fuckyeahhardfemme)

[image: a man on the side of a rock face in a jungle, Lara Croft style. He’s wearing nothing except for short shorts, boots, sunglasses, gloves, and weapons harnesses on his shoulders and thighs.]
lady-littlefinger:

elenilote:

moodymarshmallow:

hot-elf:

ltleflrt:

hamburgerjack:

sourcedumal:

videogamesmademegay:

“Lawrence Croft” — or what would happen if gay dudes who play video games were catered to like straight guys who play video games are.
Via Ulysses0302 on Deviantart.

Can we add straight ladies to that? Because I would SOOO play Lawrence Croft!!!

EMPOWERED.
EMPOWERED NIPPLES.

Can I get in on this too?  WANT.

Yup, count me in. I’d so play that!

Let’s add queer ladies too, because aklsjlkasjdlkahsflkajsdlaksd yes. Why isn’t Nathan Drake wearing stuff like this? 

OH yes!

[gif redacted]

[image: a man on the side of a rock face in a jungle, Lara Croft style. He’s wearing nothing except for short shorts, boots, sunglasses, gloves, and weapons harnesses on his shoulders and thighs.]

lady-littlefinger:

elenilote:

moodymarshmallow:

hot-elf:

ltleflrt:

hamburgerjack:

sourcedumal:

videogamesmademegay:

“Lawrence Croft” — or what would happen if gay dudes who play video games were catered to like straight guys who play video games are.

Via Ulysses0302 on Deviantart.

Can we add straight ladies to that? Because I would SOOO play Lawrence Croft!!!

EMPOWERED.

EMPOWERED NIPPLES.

Can I get in on this too?  WANT.

Yup, count me in. I’d so play that!

Let’s add queer ladies too, because aklsjlkasjdlkahsflkajsdlaksd yes. Why isn’t Nathan Drake wearing stuff like this? 

OH yes!

[gif redacted]

(via tonsoffuckinsequins)

neutered:

morbi:

DO NOT BUY ANY MORE CAPCOM GAMES.
Or at the very least, only buy them used, where Capcom won’t directly get a cent from them. I cannot stress enough how important it is that their profits go down.
I had already been boycotting almost all of their games after the MML3 cancellation and TekkenXStreet Fighter on-disc DLC debacles (with the sole exception of Asura’s Wrath, which I actually now regret not buying used), but knowing that they treat their staff just as terribly as their customers, this shit cannot be put up with by anyone anymore.
And for those of you who understandably have trouble believing an anonymous poster on 4chan, here’s an article detailing the overworking Capcom has given to producer Yoshinori Ono, one of the biggest names in the fighting game community. He was worked to the point of heart failure, and after recovering, was immediately set back to a tight schedule.
Capcom’s already driven away most of their big name talent, such as Resident Evil Creator Shinji Mikami, Devil May Cry creator Hideki Kamiya, and most recently, as of last year, Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, with terrible management issues and poor employee treatment. Frankly, it’s about time it started really biting them in the ass.

well this certainly explains why everyone decent keeps leaving the company
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neutered:

morbi:

DO NOT BUY ANY MORE CAPCOM GAMES.

Or at the very least, only buy them used, where Capcom won’t directly get a cent from them. I cannot stress enough how important it is that their profits go down.

I had already been boycotting almost all of their games after the MML3 cancellation and TekkenXStreet Fighter on-disc DLC debacles (with the sole exception of Asura’s Wrath, which I actually now regret not buying used), but knowing that they treat their staff just as terribly as their customers, this shit cannot be put up with by anyone anymore.

And for those of you who understandably have trouble believing an anonymous poster on 4chan, here’s an article detailing the overworking Capcom has given to producer Yoshinori Ono, one of the biggest names in the fighting game community. He was worked to the point of heart failure, and after recovering, was immediately set back to a tight schedule.

Capcom’s already driven away most of their big name talent, such as Resident Evil Creator Shinji Mikami, Devil May Cry creator Hideki Kamiya, and most recently, as of last year, Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, with terrible management issues and poor employee treatment. Frankly, it’s about time it started really biting them in the ass.

well this certainly explains why everyone decent keeps leaving the company

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(via iwaharamovin)

stfufauxminists:

thebombbag:

rosalarian:

futuresushi:

yourkickstartersucks:

Some nerds were so mad about that “sexism in video games” Kickstarter that they made a competing series to prove that somehow an industry almost entirely staffed by men that makes products intended for men is actually discriminatory against men. This is what happens when women try to voice their opinion on how society treats them: hordes of men feel unreasonably threatened and scramble around like idiots trying to bring the discourse back to a place where men are in complete control, either through harrassment and threats of violence or by making some garbage like this. If you hear anyone trying to pull this embarrassing bullshit, do your duty as a decent human being and rub some dog turds on their face and neck and maybe pee on them too

“Why does mainstream media think gamers are misogynistic, entitled teenage male shitlords????” BOY IT SURE IS A MYSTERY

If it got funded, I wonder what they would actually produce. What are they going to say? I’m interested to know, but not interested enough to hope this gets funded.

They would try and say that men are portrayed as violent thugs with big muscles and big weapons. We see this argument whenever anyone mentions the objectification of women in comics, as well: “Well, all those muscles are for the ladies! I feel objectified too!”
The disconnect is apparent to anyone who can think. Video games, comics, movies, etc, are forms of escapism that’re mainly targeted towards males. Those muscles and guns and bad-assness isn’t put on the screen or the page to entice women and make the men consuming the media feel smaller, it’s all there to make us feel like we’re more powerful than we actually are, mowing down hordes of monsters, nazis, people in malls, or mutants. The male physique and heroism/sadism is there for the man’s enjoyment, just like the prized female with the fantastic booty is there for them, as well.
It’s a terrible argument, grounded in the inability for most men to realize that everything in 99% of the media produced in this world exists to make us feel stronger, better, and more important than we are. They hear a woman’s argument and say, “You girls are getting off on the muscles!” without realizing that the muscles are playing into their own infantile projections of the person they want to be.
Happy Friday!

I’m just…wow. 
Misandry.
In video games.
Wut.
Have these dudes ever played video games?

stfufauxminists:

thebombbag:

rosalarian:

futuresushi:

yourkickstartersucks:

Some nerds were so mad about that “sexism in video games” Kickstarter that they made a competing series to prove that somehow an industry almost entirely staffed by men that makes products intended for men is actually discriminatory against men. This is what happens when women try to voice their opinion on how society treats them: hordes of men feel unreasonably threatened and scramble around like idiots trying to bring the discourse back to a place where men are in complete control, either through harrassment and threats of violence or by making some garbage like this. If you hear anyone trying to pull this embarrassing bullshit, do your duty as a decent human being and rub some dog turds on their face and neck and maybe pee on them too

“Why does mainstream media think gamers are misogynistic, entitled teenage male shitlords????” BOY IT SURE IS A MYSTERY

If it got funded, I wonder what they would actually produce. What are they going to say? I’m interested to know, but not interested enough to hope this gets funded.

They would try and say that men are portrayed as violent thugs with big muscles and big weapons. We see this argument whenever anyone mentions the objectification of women in comics, as well: “Well, all those muscles are for the ladies! I feel objectified too!”

The disconnect is apparent to anyone who can think. Video games, comics, movies, etc, are forms of escapism that’re mainly targeted towards males. Those muscles and guns and bad-assness isn’t put on the screen or the page to entice women and make the men consuming the media feel smaller, it’s all there to make us feel like we’re more powerful than we actually are, mowing down hordes of monsters, nazis, people in malls, or mutants. The male physique and heroism/sadism is there for the man’s enjoyment, just like the prized female with the fantastic booty is there for them, as well.

It’s a terrible argument, grounded in the inability for most men to realize that everything in 99% of the media produced in this world exists to make us feel stronger, better, and more important than we are. They hear a woman’s argument and say, “You girls are getting off on the muscles!” without realizing that the muscles are playing into their own infantile projections of the person they want to be.

Happy Friday!

I’m just…wow. 

Misandry.

In video games.

Wut.

Have these dudes ever played video games?

(via iwaharamovin)

Sorry for the inactivity over the past year.

I have not had the time or money to keep up with gaming news and culture or play any new games, so I have not kept up the blog.

But there will be new posts soon.