Ace Attorney’s Hot Clown Girl Controversy Will Finally Get Me Playing


I’ve wanted to play Ace Attorney for a while now. There are a few popular games swirling in and out of the news cycle that I’ve tried and failed at, but I don’t like having many major blind spots in my back catalog. It’s inevitable, with so many games taking so long, but every time I take a break from the never-ending wave of new releases, I try to jump into something I’ve always wanted to. eye. Ace Attorney always drifted towards the middle of my list, never really in danger of making it to the top until I cleared out some big guns first. Right now though, there’s controversy in the Ace Attorney fandom over a music video of a sexy clown girl. Ladles and Jelly Spoons, Ace Attorney is now at the top of my list.


If Hot Clown Girl has a million fans, I’m one of them. If Hot Clown Girl has five fans, I’m one of them. If Hot Clown Girl has a fan, it’s me. If Hot Clown Girl has no fans, I’m not alive. If the world is against Hot Clown Girl, I’m against the world.

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The controversy, as far as I can tell, comes from a short video of sexualized fanart that is driving people crazy. With the most charitable interpretation in the world, I understand. Female characters are routinely sexualized over and over again, often in demeaning and humiliating ways, as male fans strip them of their agency and clothing and turn them into objects. The recent statue of Tifa, which sees her bent over with her legs spread apart, is just one glaring example. Hot Clown Girl, however, is not. The clip in question is playful and comical, poking fun at both Miles and Geiru Toneido, which is the name of the clown girl. This seems to go against Miles’ queer coding, which is probably the joke (even Miles is in love with her), but it’s at least a credible reason to be upset, beyond existing hot women. .

Then there’s the overall character design, which is also playful and sexualized, but also disarming. I wrote recently about the need for more characters like Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw, who take control of their own sexiness. Geiru Toneido’s coquettish tone and unusual outfit are part of a very deliberately constructed image. I’m hesitant to read too much about her and her case – Ace Attorney is a mystery game and apart from the interest in Geiru Toneido I want to play it properly and solve her mystery – but it’s clear from the clips and her portrayal in the fanbase that it’s a role she plays. She’s not just a 2D objectified woman with a little clown texture, she knows how men think and how she can manipulate them when they’re distracted.

She also seems to be downright unpopular among some fans, which is… well, I guess. It’s nice to know that some people like to get things wrong. I’ve never played a minute of their favorite game series and I already know more than them. Annoying.

It’s mostly a reminder of how silly gaming can be at times. There’s so much going on in the world these days, and the game, in its constant desire to never rock ship and bring in the worst and loudest members of its audience, has shied away from responsibility. There is so much hate and negativity in the game, with forums adjacent to the game, hotbeds of radicalization, hate, and a breeding ground for selfish and nihilistic personalities to flourish. Gambling is often no laughing matter. It’s good, sometimes, to remember that the game is really for clowns.

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