Veteran Video Game Developer Attacked for Pinching Breasts of Animé Girl Mouse Pad

Cliff Bleszinski, former design director for video game developer Epic Games and founder of Boss Key Productions, posted a vine in which he pinched the pop-out breasts of a mouse pad depicting an animé girl.

After tweeting the video, Bleszinski was criticized by indie game designer Elizabeth Sampat:

Bleszinski responded to Sampat by stating he was “pretty sure Gears 3 [referring to Gears of War 3, a video game he designed] passed the Bechdel test move along please [sic].” The test referred to in this statement is one that tests “for female presence in fictional media.” In order to pass it, a work must have two or more women who must speak at least once on a topic not regarding men. The designer also told Sampat that he “was mocking pervy anime culture if you’re too dumb to see that go elsewhere please [sic].”

Some users criticized Bleszinksi over the fact that the rubber breasts he squeezed were those of Asuka Langley Soryu, an animé character who is 13 years old; Bleszinski said he did not know the character. Other replies on the designer’s thread were a mix of agreement, defense of free speech, and more criticism:

Bleszinski proceeded to retweet images of other sexualized animé mousepads, including one of a male animé character:

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