Controversy is something that can come out of nowhere, and can be sparked by the simplest of things. It can be a hidden message in a comic (such as what happened in a recent issue of X-Men Gold), it can be sprung by words said intentionally or unintentionally, or, in the case of video games, it can be done via a scene that has “gone too far” or a simple skin of a character. That last one is what is generating some interesting discussion for Overwatch.
Blizzard is offering a special “Nexus Challenge” in which people who play the new Heroes of the Storm 2.0 will be able to get special Overwatch skins if you play enough matches. Two of the skins you can get are Oni Genji and Officer D.Va. While no one is mad about the Genji skin, some aren’t happy with the D.Va skin.
You see, players (mainly American ones) aren’t happy that D.Va appears to be supporting the police via this outfit. The police are heavily scrutinized at this point in time in America, and so for a character like this to support them amidst all this controversy is causing some problems of its own. Some players have gone so far as to say that they either won’t play as D.Va because of this skin, or if they have a teammate who is playing D. Va, they won’t heal them.
Here’s the problem. While it’s OK to protest this in the right circumstances, this isn’t one of them. Mainly because D.Va isn’t America, she’s Korean. So technically she’s a Korean Police Officer in this skin. So to judge her for a skin that doesn’t even represent the country she’s from is kind of wrong.
Look, it’s OK to be offended by something, but before you start spreading the word about it, make sure you know everything about what’s going on. It’s OK to misinterpret things as long as you catch it before someone gets hurt.