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 Swords Australia anime. 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… If you are looking for an anime jojo’s bizarre adventure is one of the best options. The series has sold over 100 million copies in print to date, making it one of the best-selling manga series in history, and it has spawned a media franchise including one-shot manga, spin-off light novels, video games, action figures, and lines of apparel.
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?