Naughty Dog Talks Sexist Pressure For Last Of Us
Need any further proof that sexism inside the gaming industry is a real problem, and that the #1reasonwhy explosion was highly necessary? Look no further than Naughty Dog’s upcoming surefire hit, The Last Of Us.
The Last of Us features the playable character Joel, voiced by
Nolan Northput it to GamesIndustry:
“I feel like they don’t put women on the covers because they’re afraid that it won’t sell,” Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie, told VG247.
“It’s all gamers really know – and I don’t want to be sexist by any means – but I get the feeling, generally, that they think game’s won’t sell as well with a woman on the cover, compared to some badass dude on the front.”
Creative director Neil Druckmann agreed, and revealed there had been pressure to go for a more traditional, less female look to the retail product.
“I agree with what Ashley said. I believe there’s a misconception that if you put a girl or a woman on the cover, the game will sell less. I know I’ve been in discussions where we’ve been asked to push Ellie to the back and everyone at Naughty Dog just flat-out refused.”
That’s kind of depressing, especially coming so soon after BioShock Infinite’s box art was revealed to be nothing but broey genericness. The good news is that Naughty Dog prevailed, and The Last Of Us will feature both main characters prominently on the cover. Looks like my optimism can remain cautious after all.
CORRECTION: I originally wrongly credited Nolan North as voice actor for Joel. Thanks to everyone for pointing out the error.