Katarina skin drama
If you’ve been on the official League of Legends forums or reddit recently you’d have no doubt seen the drama about the changes to the upcoming Katarina skin. As part of the upcoming range of Christmas skins, Katarina is set to get a new skin wearing a sexy Santa suit with antlers.
What’s the drama about you ask? It’s her recall animation.
Initially, her recall animation featured her pole dancing on a candy cane. This was however controversially removed, which has caused a bit of an upset to say the least, with many users boycotting the skin. Users claim that Riot is giving in to feminists by changing the recall animation. Morello stated that this was not the case.
I need to be clear about something here: the reason we’re removing it (and make no mistake, we are) is because there’s a lot of places where we’re happy to do that, as you guys have noticed, but this skin was not the right place for this sort of thing.
Nidalee has a spear, easily a pole. She’s also generally closely related to “hot night elf chick” and has some innate *** appeal to her – pole dance is awesome here.
Katarina in Reindeer ears with a pole dance is just off. It’s not about right and wrong, it’s not about sensitivity, it’s about “what makes sense with this content?”
If you want to think there’s some PC police that guide our hand, I can’t stop you, but do a quick search on our thoughts to the contrary of this (go look in the spider queen or Nami threads) you’ll find that we normally go forward with it when we believe it’s the right choice for the champ or skin. In this case, it’s just not.
Let’s take a look at two sexy female champions, using their bases as an example: Miss Fortune and Katarina.
Miss Fortune Over-the-top pirate hunter. Outwardly sexualized to a point of character definition. “****ty” personality, “hot girl.”
Katarina Deadly, sadistic dagger assassin. Sleek, quick and deadly. Shows cleavage and midriff to make attractive, but not seductive personality-wise. Keeps it sleek and quick – not a lot of adornment.
These characters are both really sexy from a proportions and clothing standpoint (equally so in a lot of ways). However, Miss Fortune’s base should blast you with sexuality and never conserve on it – it’s important to everything she is designed to be.
Katarina is generally sexy as an aside, not as a primary motivator. She’s a cool assassin either way, having her be hot just makes her generally more visually appealing. Sexiness is secondary to cool.
You can do the same thin on Kitty Kat Katarina and the Christmas Katarina skin. Kitty Kat Kat is “that ****ty costume on Halloween” start to finish. Christmas Kat uses more Christmas tropes overall, and that tends to be the theme – it has sexiness because Katarina is sexy overall, but it’s a secondary theme. High Command Katarina is the same in this regard (though more serious).
We may disagree, and that’s OK, but this is the evaluation type we’re talking about here. Maybe we sold “sexy” more than intended, maybe it’s the read from the animation itself overall, but it’s secondary to the character – not primary. Sexuality is more primary on Nidalee too (which is why we didn’t change her pole dance on the rework).
Needless to say, not everybody was convinced by his explanation. After 39 red posts in the thread the idea still persists that it was changed due to the rising pressure from feminist sections of the community to change the recall animation. Even those that were originally convinced by Morello’s argument may well have changed their mind when they saw what the animation was replaced with. Because…well, see for yourself.
Lacklustre would be a nice way to describe this animation. It also certainly does not fit the theme well, and as that was the reason that Morello cited for the original animation being removed it has angered people even further. In a somewhat positive note for Riot, they’ve at least dispelled the recent feeling that money comes above everything else by sticking to the decision to remove the animation which will no doubt lose them skin sales.
What do you think of this whole mess? Post your thoughts in the comments below.