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We need to talk about the sexist garbage in ‘Octopath Traveler’

By Jess Joho

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This post includes spoilers for Octopath Traveler‘s story, but who cares? It sucks.

Octopath Traveler might be purposefully retro in its aesthetic and gameplay, but the game’s most backward quality of all is by far the blatant misogyny.

The pixelated art style of this new beloved JRPG looks positively modern in comparison to how it unnecessarily sexualizes, infantilizes, patronizes, and exploits the abuse of nearly every one of its women characters.

The widespread success and popularity of Octopath Traveler took publisher Square Enix by total surprise, selling out so fast in Japan that …

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