not to poke the hornet’s nest again but I finally found better words to describe what pisses me off about the design of female characters in smite and why “it’s lore-accurate” or “i know people irl who look like that” isn’t a legitimate defence.
First of all, take Aphrodite for an example. Aphrodite is a character who is deeply associated with and representative of sex and love, and was often represented scantily clad or completely nude in Greek and Roman art (though obviously she would have been called Venus in Rome). If you’re just looking at it on a surface level, or if you’re a fucking idiot like that game theory dude, you can be like “well she’s naked normally so her design in Smite is obviously fine since it’s accurate” but that’s wrong.
Nudity in ancient Greek art is not inherently sexualized, and when it is meant to be sexual it’s done so BECAUSE IT’S THE GODDESS OF SEX AND LOVE. The design of Aphrodite in Smite is literally straight up commercial sexualization. It’s why she and Neith are in all the browser ads you’d see for the game all over the place. The same goes for virtually every girl in Smite apart from a few notable exceptions like Bellona (who still has the “titty plate” trope in her armour design) and Amaterasu.
Lore doesn’t factor into the design of most of the female characters in Smite. They look like they do because Hi-Rez’s goal is to make what their demographic finds to be appealing, sexually, and capitalize off of it. As long as the characters’ glorified lingerie LOOKS Greek, looks Chinese, looks Egyptian, etc etc, they’ll consider that a job well done and finish the visual design portion of the character.
It DOESN’T MATTER whether the character is meant to be a seductress like Da Ji, or a goddess of war and death like the Morrigan, or a personification of the Night itself. The reason Hi-Rez sexualizes all of its characters is not remotely to do with lore, it’s to capitalize off of horny 15-year-olds.
If you’re defending these goddesses’ designs you’re just buying into it, plain and simple