If it's crap ... We'll tell you
For those of you who haven't seen the new trailer for Hitman Absolution, go ahead. Take a gander.
Watched it? It's a trailer where Agent 47 (The protagonist of the Hitman games) enters into a building, takes out several guards, and confronts a woman in the shower.
What I'm going to say next is going to make some people scoff, some people get angry, and some people think that I'm looking too deep into the trailer, but screw it. I've already started writing and I won't feel better until I get this off my chest. While the trailer portrays Agent 47 efficiently taking out the armed guards in the building, the other side of the duel narrative just shows the woman in the shower (a character that's probably going to play a larger role in the actual game). What strikes me as childish in the trailer is that the entire portion of the woman's story in the trailer is her just showering. That's it. With loving slow-mo shots of her in the shower with an eerie glow-effect that would only be appropriate for a close-up of a romantic female lead in a 1950's film. I have already posted this concern on another video game centered website, with the knowing threat of being called a queer for not enjoying the scene looming over my head like a guillotine that I knowingly place my neck under. Fortunately, I was ecstatic when the responses I received were quite different than what I expected. Some claimed that it was for 'artistic purposes' and that it expressed her 'vulnerability.'
Those explanations would have been satisfactory had it not been for the fact that's all she's doing. Agent 47 goes through several actions in the attempt to breaking and entering in the building, but all the woman does is just wash her body. It wouldn't have been a problem if she was also reading a book, drinking wine, or watching TV along with the shower scene to make it seem like she didn't have a care in the world. But no. There are just scenes of slow-motion as she's washing her body. This focus on just having tantalizing nudity in a trailer to raise attention seems juvenile at best and pandering at worst. I know I sound like I'm complaining more than I should, but it seems to me that if we demand respect for our medium then we should start by having our products be just a little bit more mature. I'm still looking forward to Hitman Absolution and think nothing less of the game, but it's just this tiny niggling nuisance at the back of my thoughts that I just wanted to address.
Please don't kill me, Hitman fans.