Female Monk Design Criticism

Everyone’s got an opinion on the newly-revealed Female DiabloWikiMonk, but not everyone used Photoshop and modified their original artwork to make their point. I don’t much agree with it,but it’s worth debating. Here’s the quote from Sentioch.

If you want a battle hardened warrior feel, you usually go with the male class.

If you want a sexy looking body, you go with the female class.

But the female monk is really not sexy in any way…it really defeats the purpose of having a female version at all. Most guys who want to play women (which compromise the majority of the people that would play her) really just want to look at a hot avatar.

Most girls who want to play her…will also want their avatar to be hot. Nobody wants to play a butch girl.

Bashiok tried to dismiss this with sarcasm, saying only, “Nice story bro.” but I think there’s more to say than that. Personally, I’m not sold on Blizzard’s view; this coed blonde beauty is a battle-hardened warrior? But Sentioch’s changes make her look like one of those pretty, pouting, fashion model characters from Guild Wars. Furthermore, his description of why people pick their characters seems absurdly simplistic. Does everyone pick their game avatar for hotness? That might have some validity in a game with a trailing-camera-FPS style view, but Diablo 3 is isometric, and the characters are always in heavy armor and helmets anyway!

Other arguments, pro or con, are welcomed in the comments.

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  1. soon – n. (slang) Blizzard terminology for a gullible fan or fans who can be strung along indefinitely by rumors and promises, especially through electronic communication. The comma in its grammatical syntax is often removed in writing for obfuscation. Syn. – tool, sucker, ingenue.

    1. “We’ll have a site update, soon.”
      Translation: “Our web guys *might* put something up when they finish their foosball tournament, suckers.”

    2. “Soon, the patch will be ready for testing.”
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  2. the female monk is the best looking female in the game lol, if you wanna go kill monsters while having a hot char female monk it is, if you wanna go gather some flowers and put them in your char’s hair then the other ones will do the job just fine

  3. She’s the hottest character in game. She also has short hair which I love! As for the guys that play girls … I don’t know any, but that’s just the people I hang around. As a woman, I like hot of course but kick ass hot not fashion model forgot-my-chest-armor-to-show-my-boobs hot 8)

  4. Old post but new comment…

    I am a male and I agree with Alniyat. The Female Monk is one of the hottest women in a computer game I have seen. She is the toughest female you ever saw, in strength, in conviction and even in the sincerity of her voice. To some, like me, it’s her CHARACTER that boosts her sex appeal and her short unkept hair, sharp facial features and dress fitting a monk is what make her complete. Make her another babe with little armor and she would lose it all.

  5. Not every female character has to be sexually attractive to be worth playing. A lot in the media’s leading people to being more shallow and superficial than they already are and I find that a modest character refreshing and attractive nevertheless. Maybe we don’t always have to have a sex factor involved in everything to find it enjoyable?

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