Everyone is a snappy dresser in the Halo universe. Master Chief wears his trusty Mjolnir armour, Spartan Locke has a more organic set of equipment strapped onto him and Cortana walks around buck-naked like that drunk uncle who ruined your wedding. And her design pretty much sums up the game development environment of the early s, where developers could create a sexy sidekick that was pure eye candy, without anyone criticising them for it. Times have changed however, and people want more than a page three companion with a great personality. Or maybe they want both. But for other people, seeing that kind of character on their screen can be uncomforting. So one of the reasons she [chooses to appear without clothes] is to attract and demand attention. She was created from a cloned human brain, resulting in a different personality as well. I think.
Why is Cortana nude? Halo franchise director Frank O’Connor explains
I wrote a lot of words about Halo 4 that might have amounted to a proper review. To sum up briefly: great action, beautiful artwork, slightly flawed level design. There is a review on Clever Musings l ended up mostly agreeing with, so check that out for a good rundown. It did suffer a little from weird spikes in difficulty on certain segments, and there was never as much ammo as I might have liked. Mostly, I want to talk about Cortana. From here on, I must spoil all of the single-player campaign, right up until the end. I realize that means I may lose some readers here. Catch you next time, then. Feminist issues in games always interest me.
It seems that videogames studios are mainly made up of a bunch of guys, and the women in their games are perhaps portrayed in the way they themselves see women. Here, the same 3-D artist who wanted to not portray women as sex objects to be ogled and drooled over, coincidentally, modeled Konoko and Cortana. Never mind that Cortana was basically a naked hologram! We ran out of time, and there we go. One of the reasons she does it is to attract and demand attention.
The Halo universe is full of strange mysteries. Perhaps none so strange, however, as why Cortana appears lacking clothes while other AIs choose to render themselves in a wide variety of garments including ancient robes, WWII pilot gear, and more. Okay, so maybe I'm being a little hyperbolic about it being the strangest mystery in all of Halo, but the question remains: why is Cortana nude? Well, we had to ask franchise director Frank O'Connor:.