First, it’s obviously not “Xenoblade Chronicles X”, but “Xenoblade Chronicles 2”.
Second, I’m not gonna be so harsh on them for XC2. I think that Austin and Danika covered pretty much everything in their stream about that game. They talked how, yes, it’s shitty to women, but also this and this, and also this. I think it is a game they both liked with problematic content kinda thing. I can’t fault them for that. And, sure, Austin barely touched that issue on the podcast, but I think it is because of the stream.
In the end, I would agree that there is room for improvement, but in a world where is some sort of fatigue about fighting those issues, where most publications at best shrug with “it’s anime”, “cultural differences” or “some women into that”, Waypont at least still talking about it.
Personally, I don’t think there is anything to discuss, really. No, wearing two belts instead of, you know, clothes is not empowering. No, virtual characters don’t have agency. Etc., etc. Nothing changed since those arguments were everywhere, so I just gonna ignore that game, partially thanks to Waypoint, and go play something else. Easy.
There are other issues in that game, tho. Like how there are people who are blades and it’s all kinda slave-y.