Overwatch Porn – How The GOTY is Getting People Off

Overwatch Porn – How The GOTY is Getting People Off

Overwatch’s popularity cannot be understated; gathering 20 million players in it’s first five months and brandishing more GOTY awards than you can shake a stick at, Overwatch has struck a chord with gamers around the world. It has become more popular than League of Legends in Korea’s net-cafes, whilst its sales figures dwarf older industry stalwarts like The Sims 2, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl (combined) and Grand Theft Auto III. On top of all this, it’s also got people a little hot under their collar – with Overwatch being the 11th most searched term on PornHub in 2016.

Pornhub Insights 2016

Overwatch is popular, but not quite as popular as ‘stepmom’.

 

Yep. You read that right. Coming in as more popularly searched than the terms ‘anal’, ‘creampie’ and ‘squirt’, Overwatch has been helping people “get their tickle on” since its release last May. PornHub shares all sorts of interesting statistic in its publically released ‘Insight’ articles. Like for example, did you know that the day after Donald Trump’s campaign win, searches of his name on the porn sight rose by 874%. Or that ‘fucking a pumpkin’ rose by 1540% during the Halloween season? Each to their own I guess.

Although I can heartily recommend that you never search Trump on that site. I can assure you that that is a fucking bizarre rabbit hole that I wish I never clicked down; one filled with disturbing porn parodies, compilations of Trump’s political speeches and miss-tagged car reviews. Overwatch being searched on the site isn’t quite as out of place or odd as Trump.  Overwatch’s popularity exploded May 5th, the day the public beta launched, rising in masturbatory popularity by over 800%.

This was largely due to the creative endeavours of some Source Film Maker users. For those of you that don’t know, Source Film Maker is a popular program used to create ‘machinima’ – animation using computer graphics, often using already existing assets from popular titles. The existence of such a program and community, combined with Rule 34 means that pornography often exists for most games if you know where to look. The more popular titles only require a quick Google search with the appropriate filters turned off.

Overwatch porn has started to appear across the internet, and in quite large quantities. Most gaming sites began to run news stories on the topic, and before you could say “I wonder what it would look like to see Tracer stick a huge jizzing penis in her mouth” Blizzard were out in force, slapping copyright infringements on those making the content. For some, this provoked some nuanced discussion around fan engagement and what large companies can realistically expect from their communities. For others it meant a quick Google search to see D.VA getting her back doors smashed in by a horny Winston.

Either way, the sheer amount of Overwatch themed smut has been cut down on significantly, but after the controversy died down you can still see some surprisingly well animated videos (and some of it even voiced!) if you care to search for it.

Beyond this, the self-professed “world’s best porn site” has made its own pornographic parody, entitled Oversnatch XXX Parody. A video game franchise has well and truly made it to the big leagues once it gets a porn parody; its an honour reserved for the Tomb Raider and the Pokemon size franchises. It pits Widowmaker against Reaper in a rather hard-core grudge match. Honestly, the costumes look quite good, but the legitimacy of the whole affair is neutered by the fact that Reaper’s pistols appear to be firing lasers. 0/10, would not fap again.

However, there is no cease and desist on Brazzers from Blizzard for this parody. The fact that they aren’t using literal assets from within the game to help you get your rocks off does make it a little less of an attack on the intellectual property. Although they do take some catchphrases from the game and add naughty words – my favourite being “One Cockshot, One Kill.” Honestly, I am not entirely sure what that actually means. The borderline safe for work trailer can be found below.

I have reached out to Brazzers asking for an interview with the writer and/or director of Oversnatched to discuss their video game parodies such as Cock of Duty. We have yet to hear from them as of time of writing.

Nathan Grayson of Polygon is just as intrigued with all this as I am with the Overwatch phenomenon, having gone as far as to request the breakdown of character searches on the site. Genius! No surprises that series pseudo-protagonist Tracer tops off the list. More surprising is the inclusion of Athena in 11th place; Athena is Winston’s AI responsible for the tutorial of the game and being the announcer, and is yet to be playable or be visible in-game. That is one interesting kink, you saucy perverts.

Ultimately, Overwatch’s pornographic impact is more than just an interesting footnote in the history of the internet’s wanking diaries. It is a real testament to the masterful character design that so many have come to adore the characters; legions of loyal fans looking to cosplay, create art and masturbate over the idiosyncratic cast.

The question of community involvement and ownership is an interesting one; once that intellectual property is out there in the wild, what right to the game developers have to take away the erotic attachment a community might form to the characters? Is there really a distinction to be made between erotic fan fiction and these pornographic images made in Source Film Maker?  The most prolific creators of this digitised fan service seems to think so, in his original Reddit post concerning the take down notices, he wrote, “Its the same as Blizzard taking down that tracer art work you drew in class. Its them pick and choosing which content they want people to see. (sic)” When copyrighted characters and art assets are involved, it becomes a difficult subject to broach an un-biased answer to. I am all for community ownership and creative license, but I can certainly understand why Blizzard might find fault with the pornification of its latest big name brand.

All that aside, there is one further, more important question to be asked. Who on earth finds Winston to be sexier than my beloved man-cannon Bastion? Philistines.

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