WC writes: The issue of sexism in the gaming industry has been raised yet again following the news that Naughty Dog, the studio behind upcoming PS3 game The Last of Us, was told by Sony to remove a female character from the front cover. Naughty Dog refused, and Ellie, the young woman who is key to the story-line of the game, will remain on the cover. The news comes just days after images of the front cover of Bioshock: Infinite were released, which depict a generic-looking man holding a gun, with female lead Elizabeth only present on the back of the box. The studio behind the game has tried to appease fans by making the cover reversible and holding a vote to decide the second cover.
Both Sony and Bioshock’s creator Ken Levine stated these decisions were because they believe their games would sell less if there was a female on the front cover. But is that really true? Would gamers shun a game just because there was a girl on the front? Do gamers even care about box art anyway?