this is really cool, and makes you think:
“@MattBoch said that he pushed for @Harmonix have gender-inclusive dance routines in Dance Central because it would result in a better game.
According to Boch, during the early stages of Dance Central’s development, many of the decision-makers at Harmonix were uncomfortable with seeing male avatars dancing in stereotypically feminine ways. They believed that it could potentially alienate players, and some also objected to motion-capturing female dancers for male avatars and vice versa because of issues like hip ratios. In their resistance, they suggested having gender-specific dance routines for certain songs.
Believing that this was not the best approach for the game, Boch collected all kinds of data to make an argument for gender-inclusive dance routines. He found examples of male musicians like Michael Jackson, Prince and David Bowie who had diverse gender performances and were still compelling and popular stars. He argued that gender is a performance anyway — we already perform a gender daily — so what is the issue with performing a gender in a dance game? And the icing on the cake was when he motion-captured a professional male dancer performing in a stereotypically feminine way, and no one could tell the gender of the dancer when they watched the avatar’s performance”