An iconic figure, who weaves tales of Lovecraftian woe and shuns the superhero genre, Moore has built a dedicated readership around himself yet unexpectedly appeals to a far wider audience than a typical comics creator might hope for. But this is not a recent breakthrough. In the early Eighties, Moore was determined to bring a woman-led story to the sci-fi anthology comic, AD.
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It seems that videogames studios are mainly made up of a bunch of guys, and the women in their games are perhaps portrayed in the way they themselves see women. Here, the same 3-D artist who wanted to not portray women as sex objects to be ogled and drooled over, coincidentally, modeled Konoko and Cortana. Never mind that Cortana was basically a naked hologram! We ran out of time, and there we go.
Instantly a sex symbol, Cortana was a product of her time: a sexy sidekick for a testosterone-driven first person shooter. Of course, her look also evolved. Besides being male, the main difference between the two avatars was that Roland wore clothes, throwing into stark contrast the double-standard when it came to character design.
Let me just emphasise this bit — Cortana manages to physically overpower an This is a deeply emotional story about an artificial person coming to terms with her mortality and her humanity, not about teasing the male audience with an attractive female to gawk at. According to Christopher Schlerf, the lead writer, there were times when they were planning to scrap the Cortana rampancy sub-plot because they were having a very hard time with it, but Holmes fought to keep it in because he was inspired by his own experiences with seeing how that sort of thing affects a living person.
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I finally got around to finishing Halo 4 last night and the ending troubled me. Not because I thought it was incoherent or unsatisfying, but rather I didn't know what to make of its attitude towards women--or, rather, what assumptions it seems to make about the player's attitude towards them. One thing really stood out to me: clothing and the lack thereof.