Friday Flame Wars: Dragon’s Crown Boobs & Review Scores
Friday Flame Wars is a recurring feature on Game Front. We present a hot-button issue and then encourage a
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The early reviews of Dragon’s Crown have spawned a number of conversations this past week. Notably, is the game sexist? And if so, should game reviews take that into consideration? How well does levying the accusation of the game’s sexism hold up to scrutiny against the quality of the game itself? Should the entire game be judged on a single element, or should the criteria be broadened?
Polygon opened up a can of worms with their review of Dragon’s Crown, awarding it a middling 6.5 out of 10. While it would be unfair to say that the review was entirely focused on the sexist content within the game, it certainly held sway.
Here’s a snippet from their review:
Dragon’s Crown’s serious liberties with female anatomy are distracting. Two player characters — the Amazon and the Sorceress — are explicitly sexualized, with breasts literally bigger than their heads with rear ends to match, and plenty of the screen real estate is dedicated to their respective jiggles and sashays. But at least these characters are powerful women, with agency and a penchant for destroying rooms full of bad guys.
The same can’t be said for the female NPCs that fill Dragon’s Crown’s dungeons and other environments. Most of the women in the game are barely clothed, with heaving chests, backs twisted into suggestive positions, some with their legs spread almost as wide as the screen. They’re presented as helpless objects, usually in need of rescue. It’s obvious, one-sided and gross.
Was the reviewer fair to give the game a mediocre score, or is that allowing subjective bias to creep into an otherwise objective review?