Following the bug template:
- Platform: I'm on XBox One. Bug probably affects all platforms.
- Issue: "Lady and the Titan" callsign is sexist and makes the game significantly less fun for me.
- Can you reproduce this issue 100% of the time: This issue made me stop playing after my first and only multiplayer game. So I don't know.
- Details on how to reproduce the issue: See below.
I'm a female player and I loved playing Titanfall 1. I'd been looking forward to playing Titanfall 2 for a while, and yesterday the disk finally arrived. I popped it into my XBox One, got it installed, and played a little bit of Campaign mode because I wanted to make sure I knew the basics before diving into a multiplayer game.**
This evening I finally played my first multiplayer game: Attrition. In Titanfall 1 this was my favorite game mode. As expected, I was able to kill some grunts and I took down some Titans, but was still too unfamiliar with the game to be able to kill pilots. I died *a lot*, and this is where the problem showed up: Each time I died I usually had to look the butt cheeks of the half-naked woman in this picture:
(I grabbed the image from
. I uploaded the image separately in case the image disappears from the original site.)
My reactions to this picture:
- Why in the world would the makers of Titanfall 2 add such a sexist image as an option for a callsign? This is *so* unnecessary and predictably will make a bunch of players uncomfortable. Maybe the makers didn't realize how frequently this image will pop up in-game and figured that only the player who chooses to sport this image will see it. That's about the best excuse I can come up with.
- Grrrr. The player who just killed me thought this sexist image would be super cool. I'm playing against a sexist jerk. Who wants to play against sexist jerks? I don't.
- Makers of Titanfall 2, why did you think it would be a good idea to empower sexist jerks to show off just how much of a sexist jerk they are?!??
- Maybe the makers of Titanfall 2 thought "Hmmm... Some of our players will want to express themselves that way. Let's let them use an image that seems harmless enough and still lets them express themselves that way. Hopefully that's a happy middle ground." To which I can only say: "Why would you cater to sexist jerks? Clearly that image was unnecessary for Titanfall 1. So you've already proven that you don't need to cater to sexist jerks in order to have a successful game."
- I had this problem during my very first multiplayer game. I'm likely to encounter this problem *a lot*. Because there are a lot of sexist jerks and/or immature people out there. *stops playing Titanfall 2 after the first game ends*
I had this experience hours ago at this point, and I'm still upset. I switched to playing Titanfall 1 instead, but playing Titanfall 1 is less fun now too. Because a bunch of the people who worked on Titanfall 1 also worked on Titanfall 2. I've lost a considerable amount of respect for them.
It's 2016. You should know better. Inclusive design is important. The objectification of women is a major problem and is definitely not ok.
And in case you're still convinced that the image is harmless, maybe reading this humorous and related
will open your eyes.
Please remove this completely unnecessary, sexist callsign from the game.
**Side note: Feedback on the Campaign mode:
- Why is there no top-level menu item for the tutorial like in Titanfall 1, without all the Campaign story items that slow down your learning if all you want is to learn basic skills? The undiluted tutorial in Titanfall 1 was super handy. I had to poke around the Titanfall 2 menu quite a bit before I decided that I would try Campaign mode just in case it did have a tutorial... The actual tutorial part of Titanfall 2 did seem a lot more enjoyable than the tutorial in Titanfall 1. So thank you for that.
- Why can I only play a dude in campaign mode? Hearing a male voice come out of "my" mouth and being called a dude's name repeatedly killed most of the game immersion for me... Just when I forgot that I was playing a male character I would end up saying something with a male voice, and I could no longer pretend that *I* was doing those things. Some strange dude was actually having this adventure. I felt disconnected from the game.