Did Hitman take it too far?
The E3 Hitman: Absolution trailer has caused a few stirs. Most have been upset with its total irrelevance to the real game but a few have spoken out against its darker theme: Sexualized Violence.
IGN’s Keza MacDonald wrote a piece about the trailer, condemning its use of extreme violence against woman in the most sexualised way possible.
Should we be offended?
Well, I’m not exactly sure.
You see. When I first watched the trailer, I was enjoying the CG goodness. Look at the water bouncing off of the PVC, I thought. This looks awesome. I must be one of the very few people who still actually enjoys CG trailers but I think they bring something a bit extra to a video rather than a montage of explosions in the in-game engine.
The entourage of woman in nun outfits was chiche, I knew straight away that those robes will be revealing something more sinister/sexual. I like the idea of the femme fatal but it’s completely wasted here. 8 PVC-clad female “assassins” rock up, get their faces literally smashed in and are left dead.
The fight scene was kind of cool and Agent 47 comes off looking bad-ass, as you’d expect in a trailer for the game he stars in but it just feels a bit.. well.. wrong.
As the video stopped and I kind of sat there a little confused. I kind of enjoyed it but I also was a little shocked with the general theme. One man beats up 8 young woman who are all dressed in kinky PCV outfits. The violence is extreme. The panning shots of breasts, up skirts and heels are prominent and the idea … well the idea is a weird one.
Visually the trailer looks amazing. In reality, I’ve just watched a product trailer that condones sexualisation of woman and violence against woman in one fell swoop.
I’m not offended. I’m just a little disturbed. This is becoming a trend in the industry. In fact, one of the earlier Hitman: Absolution trailers constantly witched from a naked woman enjoying a shower and Agent 47 beating the crap out of her body guards.
Do you really need to see sexual imagery and violent imagery to buy a game these days or is this what marketing people think young men jack off to before laying down their pre-order.
Let me know your thoughts and feelings in the comments below.
Note: The actual game looks awesome by the way.