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Naughty Dog was asked to push Ellie away from the front of their game's cover art; they refused


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Initial post: Dec 12, 2012 8:13:16 AM PST
Good for Naughty Dog!

http://www.vg247.com/2012/12/12/the-last-of-us-acting-out-the-end-of-the-world/

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" Johnson suggested: "I feel like they don't put women on the covers because they're afraid that it won't sell. It's all gamers really know - and I don't want to be sexist by any means - but I get the feeling, generally, that they think game's won't sell as well with a woman on the cover, compared to some badass dude on the front."

"I agree with what Ashley said," Druckmann added. "I believe there's a misconception that if you put a girl or a woman on the cover, the game will sell less. I know I've been in discussions where we've been asked to push Ellie to the back and everyone at Naughty Dog just flat-out refused."

It's refreshing to hear that Naughty Dog stood their ground on the issue of the game's cover, and that it is making conscious efforts to raise the bar for game writing everywhere. Whether or not it will have a widespread impact remains to be seen."

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:15:04 AM PST
LogJam says:
Ellen Page puts asses in the seats

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:15:23 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
Does cover art really make THAT much of a difference? If so, why do games like Skyrim sell so incredibly well with pretty much nothing on the cover?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:17:30 AM PST
I don't know if it does or not. The marketing people seem to think so.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:18:58 AM PST
J. Pardee says:
Good for them to stand up for their game! It's would have been dumb to do it since she is one of the two main characters.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:19:56 AM PST
You took the words right out of my mouth. I am not sure I could even describe the cover for most of my games. For instance, I can't remember the cover for Skyward Sword. At least I am not the only one, thanks for the post Garion. How is NSMB-U going? :)

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:20:26 AM PST
Soulshine says:
This is the first time I've seen the cover. Simple, but I like it.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:22:20 AM PST
LEAVE SONY ALONE!

Why do you always post these negative Sony threads!?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:22:35 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
Well Call of Duty has a guy on the cover and it sells well, while X-Blades has a girl on the cover and is a turrible game, so obviously there's causation there.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:22:42 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
Love NSMBU. I got to the Van Gogh level yesterday, and it was beautiful. So far the forest levels are the bomb...very Super Mario World-ish!

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:23:12 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
Heavy Rain has a wet pair of bewbs on the cover, and it sold really well.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:23:32 AM PST
Oh, the Van Gogh levels were my favorite, I thought there should have been more of them. :)

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:23:37 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
Final Fantasy XIII has a woman on the cover, and it sold very well.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:24:18 AM PST
ummm...tomb raider?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:24:20 AM PST
This whole article was actually really interesting. The box art bit is really just a tiny bit of the article.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:24:49 AM PST
All of the characters in FFXIII are women, as far as I can tell.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:25:58 AM PST
It is a good read, actually. I just isolated the part about the box art because I felt Naughty Dog deserved some recognition for that.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:28:50 AM PST
B. Hoover says:
Same with FFX. That game still sold well.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:33:09 AM PST
Junkiiiii says:
Marketing people don't know sh!t!

My apologies to any marketing people here.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:39:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012 8:40:47 AM PST
right...

anyways,

Naughty Dog was working to create a fantasy game with "elements of Tolkien" in it before Sony .... pushed for a change to something more realistic. (Uncharted)

It's refreshing to hear that both parties have made their arguments and hopefully Naughty Dogs [decision] is as successful as Sonys.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:42:19 AM PST
" right..."

Are you saying that isn't the case?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:46:30 AM PST
Oskar2525 says:
Ellen Page? Ellie's look and voice is by Ashley Johnson.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:46:40 AM PST
How about you guys play nice and not argue today? Hugs all around? :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:48:01 AM PST
That Emu Kid says:
But then what will I have to read all day besides Steve's political arguments?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:48:22 AM PST
uncledonnie3 says:
I'm pretty sure the whole "killing with kindness" routine has run its course.
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