Defenders 028: Lina
December 19, 2011
Doucheplayer, who is actually not a bad guy at all, requested Lina, so here she is.
Lina Inverse, the Slayer. Named so for a character from the anime Slayers. Even earlier, she was called Link Inverse, and she used the Kael/Invoker model, which has lead some to speculate whether Lina used to be a man…
I want to talk a bit about gender in Dota. Warcraft, and subsequently Dota, is populated largely by male characters and creatures. I don’t really think this is an intentional slight, but basically any woman in the game is a small, lithe, and sexy. Just look at the quadrumvirate of famous DotA babes that Artgerm posted recently. Even the dead and decaying females (like Krob) are still lookers. Now, I don’t really have a problem with this, I like a sexy chick as much as the next guy, but it does strike me as a bit odd that out of 100+ heroes, there are no unattractive females. Not surprising, mind you, but odd nonetheless.
I guess, at the end of the day, it’s a video game. And video games traditionally appeal to a largely male audience. And males like to look at boobies. But, I don’t think it has to be that way. Take a look at L4D: neither of the female protagonists have huge racks or dress in skimpy catsuits. There’s also female infected (Witch, Spitter, and even a female Boomer).
So, now with Valve at the helm, and the game no longer being limited to WC3 models, do you think we’ll ever see an ugly, or even a homely female hero in Dota? Do you care?