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https://mic.com/articles/177734/arms-twintelle-nintendo-woc-hair-weapon#.1qhKK0TeJ
Twintelle, a newly announced character in Nintendo's boxing title Arms, may be the latest video game "It girl." But there's always someone who isn't feeling the latest thing causing a stir on the internet — and sometimes that's me.

When I first saw Twintelle, I couldn't get excited like everyone else. All I could think about was her hair. Specifically, the fact she's a brown, female character with weaponized hair
The thing is, hair like mine is often weaponized in real life, too. It's been made illegal to wear as it grows, been feared and politicized to the point of having job offers rescinded because the wearer has locs instead of chemically straightened hair, or been checked while going through airport security without a legitimate reason. Games and media seeing my hair differently as a person of color is nothing new
What's particularly strange here is how this specific fighting method is limited to the only brown character in the game. All the other fighters in Arms have spring-loaded arms for weapons, including the other female fighters we've seen so far. So why does the brown girl have to use her hair as a weapon? Why can't our hair be depicted accurately in video games or included in character customization options? Why do we get so few choices when it comes to being brown in games? And who at Nintendo thought this was actually OK?

This isn't first time I've had to consider the issue of hair and POC characters in games — either because of limited choices for natural hair or a lack of options altogether. But with Twintelle, Nintendo gaming demonstrated that the industry still doesn't get it, forcing me to confront this problem yet again
A new spin on an old problem

Sadly, this conversation is nothing new. A great essay I always point back to is Evan Narcisse's "The Natural: The Trouble Portraying Blackness in Video Games," a personal piece on how Narcisse loves being black but how games don't love him being black and rarely offer his haircut in character customization menus. Whether taking place in the future, in the past or in a totally new place and time, the games just don't offer a simple fade to help Narcisse make a digital avatar of himself.

Consider most games where you can customize your character. Rarely do you see decent black hair options. Natural hair is an afterthought if it exists at all. Worse is when it's given as an option to everyone but POC characters in games. You can see this in recent games like Dragon Age: Inquisition, one of the non-playable characters Aloy works with in Horizon Zero Dawn, and Mass Effect: Andromeda, which provides just three natural-hair options total: one braided option for your female-presenting Ryder and two for your male-presenting Ryder.



wtf @ the bold
but wait, only the brown colored character gets weapon hair,
I want weapon hair, whats wrong with weapon hair? that's fuckin cool

also honestly rarely do we see decent options to customization in general...unless you get a skyrim esqe game

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Posted 5/28/17
weaponized hair is pretty op

hair battle: miku vs ika musume

i know in free to play mmos, you do get some decent customization, so long as you're willing to part with your money.
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Posted 5/28/17
Minmin is still the best girl with the best hair:

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I think she looks cool Drill hair for the win
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Gah, you didn't put the article in quotes. I was sitting here reading thinking "What the hell is happening" as it looked like the article was your own words to begin with. >.>
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runec wrote:

Gah, you didn't put the article in quotes. I was sitting here reading thinking "What the hell is happening" as it looked like the article was your own words to begin with. >.>


sorry :C
Posted 5/28/17
I think it is more a thing for the game than a statement at all. I don't think it is meant to be offensive or a racial stereotype. To be honest, I think it is pretty and very cool.
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Honestly stuff like this almost makes me wish humanity would just die.

People these days are so freaking sensitive you can't just enjoy anything anymore. You have to be worried about every worthless opinion out there or be ready to hear a bunch of idiots cry about how something isn't fair.


LIFE ISN'T EVER FAIR!!!! GET OVER IT!



BTW I actually really like her because just the idea of her using weapon hair instead of literally removing her arms to use robotic ones is cool.
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Do you see how fat that ass is? Good Lord...
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Really? Weaponized hair is not a new concept. In fact, I can think of 5 different examples, even among multiple game genre's.

Melia Rage, long flowing blonde, Can bend and move freely. Guilty Gear series.

Filia, Thick 'scrunchy' black hair, nevermind said hair is actually a vicious parasite. Skullgirls.

Shantae, Huge topside ponytail purple colored, used as a whip. Shantae series.

Bouffalant. Big brown afro on big angry buffalo. Said buffalo used it to derail trains and ruin nozlocke playthoughs. Pokemon black and white.

Furfrou, poodle with hair so tough, it protects it from physical blows. Technically armorized hair. Comes in many haircut flavors like what people do to real poodles. Pokemon X and Y.
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She's pretty cool looking tbh.
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I fail to see what the problem is. People got problems for real.
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hair like mine is often weaponized in real life

Demonized?
One of her examples was some woman who sued her state because she wasn't legally allowed to run a braiding business without a license.

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Posted 5/28/17
Is there something wrong with her hair looking like candy canes?
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Metazoxan wrote:

Honestly stuff like this almost makes me wish humanity would just die.

People these days are so freaking sensitive you can't just enjoy anything anymore. You have to be worried about every worthless opinion out there or be ready to hear a bunch of idiots cry about how something isn't fair.


LIFE ISN'T EVER FAIR!!!! GET OVER IT!



BTW I actually really like her because just the idea of her using weapon hair instead of literally removing her arms to use robotic ones is cool.


i mean I used to really hate how blondes are still thought of as ditzy and stupid




but I grew up and realized people will just be assholes
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