Cherry Blossoms and Busty Babes: Ōkami and Misogyny in Western Gaming Culture
This year, I played cult classic Ōkami for the first time. Developed by the short-lived Capcom offshoot Clover Studio, the game was first released on PlayStation 2 back in 2006. Since its original release, Ōkami has been praised for offering up extraordinarily beautiful escapism: its charming gameplay and painterly worldbuilding have earned Ōkami the reputation of being one of the best games ever made. In the 12 years since Ōkami’s release, however, what nobody mentioned was the game’s rampant sexism. (more…)
Zainabb Hull is an editor at Sidequest, a freelance writer and videographer, and sort-of artist. They’re also a trans, queer, and disabled brown femme. They tweet into the void at @ZainabbHull.