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Overwatch Incest 'Shipping Tests The Limits Of What's Permissible In Fandom

While it’s possible to play Overwatch and not pay attention to its lore, there’s a part of that game’s fandom that loves it for its lore. These fans theorize about character backgrounds, make fan art, and often obsess over the possible romantic pairing in the game, known as “shipping.” They imagine former friends Reaper and Soldier 76 sharing intimate moments in easier times, or they dream of rivals Widowmaker and Tracer falling in love on the battlefield. There are also fans who ship Genji and Hanzo. That’s where some fans think shipping goes too far, because Genji and Hanzo aren’t former friends or rivals. They’re brothers. Advertisement In the ribald world of shipping, incest is an occasional taboo. For some it is a fantasy too far, a normalization of a reviled real-world act that signals to victims of incest that their plight has some admirable allure. To others, creating a drawing of two fictional brothers making out is simply playful and, at most, the exploration of the forbidden within harmless bounds. This is what Overwatch fans debate when they now argue about “Shimadacest,” a word used to describe the hundreds of READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!