The Average Gamer

X-Blades: Now Featuring Almost-Porn

By rights, I shouldn’t even be drawing your attention to this game. I’ve decided recently that my silent protest at the ridiculous depiction of women in games is, well… too silent. I’d been hoping for some new quasi-realistic women to turn up in any game for the current-gen consoles so that I could praise the dev team. No luck yet.

So, at the risk of encouraging them with the attention, I’m instigating a new policy of pointing out games that, as a woman, I find laughable. Sometimes even offensive. Contrary to what you may think, I don’t really mind hentai or games like DOA: Xtreme Beach Volleyball. At least they’re upfront about their motives. I’m even fine with Elexis Sin, what with her being modelled after an actual living woman (ICBW). Sure, in Tomb Raider you spend an awful lot of time staring at Lara’s butt. However, it’s always suitably dressed for the prevailing weather.

No, the games that get me are the ones where porn-like women are totally irrelevant. Games like Conan with its stripper-style animation of rescued captive women [linked video NSFW].

Here’s X-Blades, an upcoming anime hack-and-slash which falls straight into the offensive pile:

Introducing Ayumi…

This charismatic heroine is a fearless treasure hunter who has often used her gun blades to fight her way out of seemingly hopeless situations.

See the X-Blades website for more character info. Here’s a picture of Ayumi.


Ayumi - looking about 14 years old in a bikini and showing both breasts and bottom to the camera

Nice T&A pose. You know where else you can find women who pose like that? In newspapers. On Page 3 [also NSFW]. Quite apart from the fact that she looks about 14 years old, I suppose Ayumi ditched the chainmail bikini because it was too cumbersome, right?

Perhaps I’m not being fair, choosing a promotional wallpaper image. Here’s an in-game screenshot from the media section of the website:


Ayumi and her near-naked bottom

Classy character design, there. Of course, being a kick-ass sword-and-gun-wielding heroine, Ayumi needed to be rescued by a man. Here’s Jay.

Jay is an adventurer like Ayumi and can also be found on the Temple Island. He rescues her from a deadly trap, tries (without success) to free her from her curse and attempts to support her in her fight against the Powers of Darkness.

And his picture:


Jay from X-Blades

Note the buffed and manly pecs. Marvel at the well-endowed codpiece. Gasp at his sexy revealing G-string.

No, wait. In my dreams. Us hetero ladies don’t get to play with hot men. I guess it might threaten the developers’ collective masculinity.

I’m not saying that the solution to female objectification is male objectification. It would just be nice if most (not all) character designers could get their heads out of their collective asses for five minutes and think about a world that contains people who aren’t white, male and aged 15 to 25. There are a lot of us out here, also with games consoles. Between us, we have a crapload of money and we’re not spending it on you.

I wonder why…

50 Comments

  1. Mr Butterscotch

    10th Apr, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    It seems as though games developers (well, some of them at least) are locked into the view that we’re all nerds – something you touched on in another post. As such, our games heroines must be big breasted and with a rear of Beyonce proportions.

    I’d like to add however that if I’m playing a third person game with a choice of male or female character, barring an adverse gaming experience, I will choose the female. Why is that? Well why would I want to watch a man for 30 hours?

    A long time ago, male characters were buff. Golden Axe, Barbarian and Final Fight all had big dudes. You could be buff in Oblivion. It wasn’t a good third person experience though. Things will change more as more females start working in the industry I’m sure…

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  3. Weefz

    11th Apr, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Fair enough on choosing women. Why not, eh? Normally I’d do the same but this is just plain off-putting.

  4. Mr Butterscotch

    14th Apr, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    What about guys like Dante? They’re made to be attractive and appealing right? Well, maybe to Japanese games designers…

  5. Weefz

    15th Apr, 2008 at 8:15 am

    The day Dante and Sephiroth regularly show up in sexy G-Strings (outside fan-art), we shall move a step closer to equality.

    Chances of that happening? Very slim.

    As for battle loincloths? Not the same thing at all.

    • ahdok

      10th Aug, 2009 at 2:57 am

      So, you're completely ignoring Kratos?

      Face it. God of War and X-Blades are basically the same concept, with the only worthwhile difference being that one has a male character and one has a female character. You can't sensibly wave the gender equality flag, and complain about Ayumi without giving a same amount of criticism to Kratos.

  6. nagoty

    7th Sep, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Get over it please, all people ever complain about is how women are portrayed in games and movies. Face it women are meant to be oggled and looked at, you were given a body that is a work of art and sent out to make men go crazy. Now,in no way am I saying that women are brain-less;in all honesty women and men are completely the same in all aspects besides their gender and personalities.

    Men and women were given different roles in this world,you can tell by our body types and by observation of animals. Men were given a strong upper body so that they can hunt, gather food, do manual labor. Women were given wider hips to bear children, breasts that lactate to feed and an all around more appealing body to men and women(this sentence is in no way meant to offend it is honest observative/scientific thought and is no way sexist).

    To complain about such an obvious thing is un-needed. Plenty of men are portrayed as sex symbols but you don’t see blogs on the internet complaining about such a petty irrelevant thing.

    So, please before starting a blog solely for the purpose of pointing out such a miniscule thing sit back and think “is this really worth it…will people really care what I think about such an obvious subject?” remember the word “NO!”.

    WE KNOW AND WE DON’T CARE!

  7. Mr Butterscotch

    10th Sep, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    This isn’t my blog, so I’m going to be careful what I say here…

    What I will say is that, to quote nagoty: “before starting a blog solrey for the purpose of pointing out such a miniscule thing” – well, to my knowledge, this blog wasn’t started for this singular purpose. I’d also highlight that clearly this post is rather tongue-in-cheek. However, it does demonstrate the level of, if not sexism, then gender bias within the games industry as a whole. Unfortunately, nagoty, you seem to completely miss this point. Why do developers continue to use female protagonists with large bosoms and quite often revealing costumes? Simply because, until the Wii came along, the bulk of the gaming populi were young men. That, unlike much of your post, is a fact.

    I think the fact that you state “Face it women are meant to be oggled and looked at” demonstrates that you are very much for the cause of keeping women a rung lower than men by sexually objectifying them. Do you ‘oggle’ (sic) every woman that you look at? I’m guessing you have a hard time maybe talking to the opposite sex then, or rather treating them as people rather than said sexual objects?

    As a final riposte to your statements, the physical differences that you point out are negligible, especially in the modern age. Exactly how many men go out and ‘hunt/gather’? Only if you live in the third world, perhaps, and even then you’ll find the womenfolk often doing physical duties that are just as hard as their male counterparts. In fact, studies have shown that over extreme endurance conditions, there’s not a huge amount of difference between the capabilities of men and women in terms of their physicality.

    Weefz, feel free to edit this, but the sort of drivel above is exactly what annoys me about video games players. It throws us all back to the dark ages where the stereotype of a spotty teenager in his bedroom trying to catch a glimpse of Chun Li’s underwear was far too prevalent.

    As I implied above, the sooner there are more women in the games industry as a whole, the better.

    • Fabz

      17th Nov, 2009 at 7:42 am

      i so agree

  8. Weefz

    10th Sep, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks, Mr Butterscotch. Always good to hear from men who are capable of more than simple knee-jerk reactions to imaginary slights. You’re right, there’s far too much pandering that particular stereotype on the internet already.

  9. masamunezero

    10th Oct, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Really really really…. this again… wats wrong with a nice looking girl in a video games really. First of all its not real just a video game, i really dont get that thingy of sex and woman are sex thinks stuff like that and womens are items stuff like that. I see girls boys women and men the same. Look also men are cool hot our sexy in a game look at Dante in devil may cry 3 he looks good, what a bout fighting games like KOF iori and kyo thease guys also look good. And what about guys who lookt like conan in games thease guys are just the same as sexy girls for us right? Also still now the video games are stil played by lots of men so its no real schok that we get games like this. Its simple i have no problems at all with stuff like this, if it are buff looking men our sexy dress women with big u know what. Its not also what u see on tv like look at music channels they send sexy looking women all day out i never hear anyting of that. I think u some woman that think we men are all the same we only see womens as sex items but u wrong. But that doest mean i dont like good looking girls no i like that just as u like good looking men.

  10. masamunezero

    11th Oct, 2008 at 2:01 am

    Look u guys dont know me and i dont know u, so we can’t say things who we are. First most ppl if not all shoud not act all so innocence we all look at nice looking guys/women, I just dont get it why ppl make a fuss of this, this is offensive look it has almost nude women, Not that there are TONS of other stuff that has all most nude women in it, music clothing and parfume and lots of others. its easy U don’t have to look U don’t have to buy. This game is ovius made for mostly men and anime our Hack & Slash(me) fans. Do u really think many ppl will buy this game just for a girl in a string oh come on guys we can easy look for that stuff on the internet, there are tons of Hentai and porn sites for girls in strings and u know what u can get it free to. So get over it, there are lots of normal games, i myself are a great colector and retro player of videogames. And from i know there are only a few games with girls like this the 1 i know pretty good is DOA and maby LaraCroft(never like her meself) but then agian Lara wasn’t that bad i think there are maby really a few games who dit things like this games but i can tell u not many. I shall ask my sister what she thinks of this game and girl maby i will get the fuss about thease kind of games but i doubt that lol. And for the record i am no way a stereotype of games guy. I play lots of games mostly RPGs and what i most like of the RPG titels are Shadow Hearts wild arms and the shin megami teisen series thease are no way at all stereotypicle titels, But that does’t mean i dont like Final Fantasy games our main stream titels. U know what really stereotypecle games and console is Wii ppl only play this thing becuse tons of other ppl do that becuse tons of other ppl say its fun. Now don’t get me wrong i am a Nintendo fan at heart but if u want a thing thats 1. I was always a gamer(console) 1 of the first whit a atari and always will be for the rest i am no way like any other games i have my onw beliefs and will buy any game what i like even if it has low scores if it has almost nude women our gays in it.

    • Weefz

      20th Dec, 2008 at 2:10 am

      "o u really think many ppl will buy this game just for a girl in a string oh come on guys we can easy look for that stuff on the internet, there are tons of Hentai and porn sites for girls in strings"

      Well that's kind of my point. People won't buy this just because the girl is HAWT. This isn't porn, so why dress it up like porn? Why debase the gaming industry further by catering to the lowest common denominator when a little character design tweak could make this game appeal to a larger market of both men and women and help close the gender gap along the way?

  11. Omen3330

    21st Oct, 2008 at 10:34 am

    This is an interesting subject especially since I’ve heard it from all sides. I myself believe that there is not a single correct answere but a combination could work. I don’t know if you have ever blamed Man for starting wars and all violence Miss Weefz, but I know women who do daily. No I am not trying to stereotype women again because on the other hand I have had women tell me that they do not believe men and women should be equal. This gets me thinking; What relationship can I find between sexism and racism? I asked some of the most offensive things to men, women, African Americans, Hispanics, Jews, Mid Easterners, Asians, Caucasians and well you get the picture; and you want to know what I found? I found that most stereotypes were not even correct anymore. (I say anymore because at some point they had to be true or they would not be there in the first place.) My ultimate conclusion though was that the only way to get rid of stereotypes is to get rid of the word in the dictionary.
    Now with that said The rest is left up to statistics. Lets face it most game developers are in fact men and most gamers are as well men, now make those two factors into percentages and put them up against the percentage of women who develop and play games and The numbers will add up to why developers get away with this kind of stuff, after all they want to make money, and the money is with the majority. There are more women joining the gaming community though and the playing field will even out eventually until then all you can do is hold on.
    I am by no means sexist or racist and in fact it irritates me when people are either, but if anyone is racist or sexist with me I will do the same right back because if they want equality then I’ll give it to them. Most human beings can only stand to see themselves in the mirror, while they think everyone else is inferior. A sad idea because I hope its not a fact.
    And to sum it all up… I agree with you miss Weefz

    • Weefz

      20th Dec, 2008 at 2:06 am

      Thanks Omen3330. I'm not one to lump people in categories based on superficial features, so no, I don't blame MAN as a gender for wars and violence. As you say, the problem starts when people judge without knowing and stereotypes only promote that.

      When we start to just see people as people; individuals shaped by, not defined by cultures, maybe then, we'll be on the way to peace. Until then, I keep my head down and hope ;)

  12. MrMichael

    3rd Nov, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Weefz, to be honest I never really knew that it bothered women(women who agree with you) something like that. As for me personally I play games to kill(digitally), and pwn not to watch some semi-naked babe 30-60 minutes. I mean there are other and better ways to do that if ppl want lol. So concluson: I agree with your opinion.

    • Weefz

      20th Dec, 2008 at 2:03 am

      Thanks MrMichael. TBH, I can overlook most of it. X-blades just goes too far.

  13. jbascetta

    19th Dec, 2008 at 2:30 am

    Sexism and racism are phenomenal excuses on both sides to foster hate. In actuality the hate is simply stemming from the same thing that makes us judge and lash out at anything. Envy. Either of the target we presume racist/sexist or the opposite side, in a "grass is greener" type conflict. In reality we all experience hate and stereotyping nearly every day no mater which side of the coin you imagine yourself on.

    The ignorance in your comments show most when analyzing the male hero. Your applying the same checklist you would to a woman, to a man. Women are the human equivalent of the male peacock, they have easily identifiable sexual aspects. This is due from thousands of years of natural selection, and men being the mate selector. Mammary show ability to feed the child, hips to facilitate birth. Newer benchmarks are created with regard to weight and the abundance of food. In years long past heavier women were more attractive, as food supplies increased and lack of weight became the healthiest alternative, the opposite occurred. The subconscious is a powerful driver, and we will never be able to leverage the conscious over it completely (personally I think most men that due are simply trying to increase their own "sexual" appeal).

    Men on the other hand are like the female peacock, if your not a peacock, your not going to know what is attractive from one to the next. This is further shown by the stereotypes we apply to women, the idea that they "never know what women want" or "don't know how to please them". This occurs because men are unable to analyze the more subtle aspects that make them attractive. If I asked you to list out the most attractive men versus the most attractive women, I have a feeling there would be much less variance in choices for the later, regardless of the sex of the respondent. That being said how many fat heroes have you actually ever seen? Most male heroes probably have about 1% body fat, just none of the jutting exaggerated aspects.

    There is further failing in the analysis due to culture. European male heroes are more simple than Japanese male heroes. Bishonin (sp?) are very common, as are less ambiguous but similarly less muscular heroes. This is most likely fostered by the physique of the average Japanese man (which is probably greatly related to diet for thousands of years, again natural selection).

    These are characters, characters are simple. They don't have baggage, they don't have interesting hobbies and opinions. They excite the imagination in the most focused of senses. They are incarnations of emotions and stereotypes. When analyzed in a sexual/romantic aspect, they are the equivalent of a first date or picking someone up at a bar. Maybe you pick up a guy who looks intellectual and it turns out their mother just dresses them well, maybe you pick up a funny sassy female who is the life of the part and find out that is the only time she is happy. Their depth comes from their environment, surroundings and interactions therein. One could argue you should stop at that, but graphics are now very much a benchmark that games are judged on. You can create artistic clothing and backdrops, but an attractive lead will always be that, attractive. Anime's over the top nature will always produce these results.

    The real question is what are you actually so upset with?

  14. Weefz

    20th Dec, 2008 at 2:02 am

    jbascetta, as much as I appreciate the time you spent on this comment, please do your research first.

    It's pretty clear what I'm upset about. I don't like the fact that this game reduces its heroine to giant-breasted wank-fodder. "Attractive" women can be more than huge tits, tiny waist and little clothing.

    The other point you may have missed while pseuo-intellectualising? Characters don't HAVE to be simple and don't have to be stereotypes. The most renowned art and culture takes this as a given. I guess you skipped literature classes.

    Your comment about culture? The game is developed by Gaijin Entertainment who are, btw, a Russian company.

    • jbascetta

      24th Dec, 2008 at 6:31 am

      Research? I don't see evidence of yours and I question what you would have me check as far as the research I have presented. I have a feeling you don't appreciate much of anything I invested in the response given your labeling me as a pseudo-intellectual, a term no doubt applied by someone accustom to the territory.

      You are right. It is very clear what you stated you were upset about. I am arguing you have no idea what you are actually upset about, and merely labeled it as such. Attractive women can be more than tits and hooker outfits, as I stated:

      "In years long past heavier women were more attractive"

      And you, writing during that time, no doubt would have found this character just as offensive.

      Fortunately for me, pseudo-intellectualizing comes quite naturally, and I had plenty of time and foresight to write an entire paragraph on why characters are stereotypes. They certainly don't HAVE to be. A wheel no doubt could be made a cube, it just works better as a cylinder.

      I made it to literature class, try littering your opinions with fewer weasel words and more actual content oh most renowned cultural anthropologist.

      My comment about culture was towards Japanese Animation, which Gaijin is employing to bring graphical representation to their game. Apparently Russian companies don't hire Japanese people or incorporate techniques or stylization developed outside of Russia. Russia is apparently an island floating in space, which should come as a surprise to quite a few Russians.

      Your writing an opinion article in a public forum, I wrote a response just as opinionated. Telling me to fact check would require facts, not opinions. If facts were currency we wouldn't have enough combined to buy Calista Flockhart a lunch.

      • Weefz

        25th Dec, 2008 at 1:27 am

        jbascetta, please. Stop trying to tell what I'm thinking, on my own blog no less.

        You tell me that I'm envious of men, and that I'm clueless about my OWN opinion. Then I'm apparently some hate-monger who claims that men are never stereotyped? I said notihing about how men have it easier or that the grass is greener anywhere. "Do your research" was a nice way of saying "Read the goddamn post before posting your standard kneejerk reaction to someone who dislikes your precious T&A hypersexualised wank-pixels."

        And since I have to spell it out for you, your attempt to "prove" that Jay is indeed the Japanese equivalent of porn-style men is simply laughable because a) as i said, the company is not Japanese nor targeting a Japanese audience, and so are well aware of the cross-cultural standards applied. They don't get a free pass for using anime as inspiration, and b) his character style is not bishounen, it's unambiguously masculine. Sephiroth is bishounen. Go research the definition some more, since you seem to think the term applies to all anime-style men. Jay is a white male everyman who comes to save the woman but is allowed to bypass the hypersexualision applied to Ayumi and most other female game characters, (albeit to a lesser extent). As a heterosexual woman and longtime gamer, it's obvious to me that Jay is barely sexualised at all.

        Finally, have you forgotten your paragraphs above where, for example, you said "Women are the human equivalent of the male peacock, they have easily identifiable sexual aspects. This is due from thousands of years of natural selection, and men being the mate selector. Mammary show ability to feed the child, hips to facilitate birth." Really? So that is simply your opinion now, and not presented as facts? And you're claiming that I'm using weasel words? Non-lactating breast size has nothing to do with milk production. Do that research too. Find me some proof that back in cave-man days men were the "mate selector" and I might take your opinions more seriously.

  15. jbascetta

    2nd Jan, 2009 at 3:27 am

    My apologies, I would have though someone posting an article on the world wide web with a comments section would be able to handle legitimate criticism of her absolutely baseless rant. I read your goddamn post. Its rife with absolutely pointless facts and wavers between puritan garbage and vain attempts to claim your self some sort of aesthetic. Just because your spaghetti logic doesnt make a lick of sense to me certainly doesnt mean I dont get it, it just means its exactly that.

  16. jbascetta

    2nd Jan, 2009 at 3:30 am

    My apologies, I would have though someone posting an article on the world wide web with a comments section would be able to handle legitimate criticism of her absolutely baseless rant. I read your goddamn post. It’s rife with absolutely pointless “facts” and wavers between puritan garbage and vain attempts to claim your self some sort of aesthetic. Just because your spaghetti logic doesn’t make a lick of sense to me certainly doesn’t mean I don’t get it, it just means it’s exactly that.

    I am not saying Jay is porn, I am saying he is an aesthetic representation of what is attractiveness in men. Actually I only ever said bishounen once, in a response I thought I posted wrong and then tried to recreate, which apparently you read and deleted. I didn’t think it applied to all Anime men, but it is certainly one which has a characteristic of that is viewed as attractive by a subset. You can point out they are Russian as much as you want. It is very clear they are using an Anime art style, which itself indicates a target audience similar to if they used the gothic styling of 40k.

    You can argue that women are not the sex with more apparent sexual features. It’s pointless, and it again shows what you are upset about more than anything else. One trip to a fashion outlet should clear that confusion up for you. I didn’t say back in “cave-man” days men were the mate selector. Nor did I say ever female chooses to partake in it the same way. There are certainly more refined looks and cheaper looks. A female peacock allows the male peacock to mate with it, just as the male peacock tries to mate with the female peacock. This is two decisions, with two wholly different approaches which happen in nearly every single species out there. Manage your way over it at some point, for the rest of us.

    My biggest grievance is your decision that you somehow think your personal opinion warrants consideration by others who may enjoy “T&A hypersexualised wank-pixels” as you put it. There is nothing wrong with it, but yet there is because it somehow offends your great sense of aesthetic, as if it was meant specifically for your consumption and enjoyment. I don’t like Anime, maybe I should run around telling everyone else who does why I think its sophomoric attempts at philosophy and hyper sexualized characters are childish and utterly unwatchable. Oh wait, I don’t really care, and am sure there are aspects that make that particular package appealing to individuals. If I did present the material, I certainly wouldn’t be upset that someone argued with me about it in a well worded and fairly thoughtful response. If your target audience was the average gamer, I am sure you’ve managed to offend a great deal of them.

    I suppose at this point the entire post is fairly pointless, but I hope you at least on some take it in before deleting it. Its clear you don’t value free speech unless its yours, as you certainly think your sense of taste should apply to everyone, and have already shown you don’t care for others voicing opinions to the contrary. In between getting angry at every club happy 20 something going out in a short skirt and pumps and the Paris Hiltons of the world, maybe you can recognize it as just contrary to your cliquish thinking instead of somehow absolute garbage needing disposal. I am sure you wouldn’t enjoy someone who thinks they have a better sense of aesthetic than you spouting off at something you enjoy. Actually, I know you wouldn’t.

    • Weefz

      11th Jul, 2009 at 12:42 pm

      *sigh*

      I couldn't be bothered to reply this post originally. Reading back on it now I should probably point out that I haven't deleted any of this person's posts. His reference to bishounen is right there on this page.

  17. jbascetta

    2nd Jan, 2009 at 3:34 am

    http://www.penny-arcade.com/2008/12/31/

    I would wonder what your thoughts would be on a game like the Witcher as well.

  18. Zahara

    4th Jan, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I'm female and have been a gamer since Atari ^^. I'm also straight and married. I'll tell you what though… I absolutely refuse to play a game with ugly women. Why? because I have to stare at them for several hours. Majority of people don't like looking at ugly things. I like them the hot, the hotter the better. I never feel threatened by such a thing and enjoy the aesthetics for what they are. It's part of the fantasy and fun that a game creates. It's an important part of the escape during hours of gameplay. Heros are meant to be more than the average lame person. Sorry… but you want realistic? Is it realistic to cast magic, battle with hundreds of monsters, and drink a potion for which will instantly heal your wounds? Umm.. no it's not realistic. If you want real… find games to play like "Office Paperwork Filing" with an an overweight middle-aged woman, with cankles as your heroin.

  19. Omen3330

    6th Jan, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    jbascetta, Your lack of respect is appalling and your ego is even more so; the fact that you accuse other people with not allowing others their freedom of speech is quite annoying seeing as though right there on your first post last sentence; you are saying

    "The real question is what are you actually so upset with?"

    It's people like you that are just here to flaunt their "intellect" along with their ego who piss me off. Only interested in themselves and no one else and a scourge to society with no goals in life other than to inflate that useless ego.

    Don't bother replying it will only further my point.

  20. Persona

    24th Jan, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Omen330, your comment is extremely hyprocritical due to you acting like jbascetta is trash, while you yourself are acting like trash due to you pretty much acting like someone who's also a scourge to society. Plus, you seem to also hold a lot of ego with your comment, "don't bother replying it will only further my point." Also, don't think that everyone aggrees with blogs, cause everyone has a mind.

  21. Omen3330

    3rd Feb, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Persona I will not disagree with you because you have every right to say that, in fact I did not have a problem with jbascetta's first post with the exception of last line, his replies after that are another story entirely. I am not saying that weefz initial reply to jbascetta's post was an entirely appropriate response but I believe it was an equal response to his. Maybe I didn't clarify it in my first post but I believe in responding to anything with equal measure. As for the display of ego, I think it was nowhere near posting like he did, Its like a pissed ex-girlfriend after you kick her out for cheating on you leaving and slamming the door and then coming back in ten minutes later yelling that the other guy was a better screw anyway. Its immature and totally unnecessary.

    By the way you missed a 3 in Omen3330 =)

  22. jbascetta

    11th Feb, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Thankfully you can't further a total lack of point, hipocrite! At least I know I piss you off!

  23. Persona

    14th Feb, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Well first of all, sorry for spelling your name wrong Omen3330 and second jbascetta I think you stop pressing the matter farther than it already is. It seems to me like your picking a fight over the internet,which is ridiclous, Omen3330 is already feeling bad about what he or she did so I think you should let it go and also reflect on your actions. Also, everyone talking in this thread should seriously calm down, including me.

  24. Weg

    17th Feb, 2009 at 7:14 am

    “In fact, studies have shown that over extreme endurance conditions, there’s not a huge amount of difference between the capabilities of men and women in terms of their physicality.”

    While I generally agree with your overall post to counter that idiot, the statement I have quoted is completely untrue.

  25. nazgul

    20th Feb, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Oh come on man, it is not porn, maybe she has few clothes but there are also male characters that have few clothes (e.g. kratos, prince of persia, etc.)

    I dont thing that women are being objetivzed, and besidees that if you dont like it just dont buy it and let people choose if the like it or not

    • Fabz

      17th Nov, 2009 at 7:48 am

      the male characters that have few clothes generally because they are part of some ancient civilisation or sumtin which does not wear many clothes, like kratos is a greek god of war, and is dressed in war garb

  26. maui

    20th Feb, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    i actually dont care if women get offended or anything i think youre being to sexyst,why dont you fell offended when a woman is nailed in a porno movie,or a nude scene from a movie?we gamers always have to bear the fact that theres almost always a hero in a game no a heroine,i really like this,an action game with a cute girl at last and the wields swords and has a bikini for and armor,i love that and thats the meaning of hot,a hot though girl,and treasure hunter not the less,give me wet dreams,so instead of being offended by a game fell ofeended by other real and problematic things,so with that said,i thx you for your review or whatever it was,and quit being such a prud doesnt fit in the woman image anymore,i bet youre equaly as dirty as many ppl of not all

  27. Melos

    20th Feb, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Someone finally had the guts to say it…LESS NERD Porn, and more serious shit here. I mean, we're starting good with Mirrors Edge atleast.

  28. NGie

    24th Feb, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Female here and straight. And even though i do think she's missing a few too many pieces of clothing, it doesn't bother me in general. Actually i like hot girls in games. Just as much as i love hot guys in games. And for me a guy isn't only hot if he would wear a G-string or be bare chested or whatever. Actually the string thing i'd find totally disgusting. So i kinda agree with the guys here, a barely dressed female in a game is extremely hot for guys and well yes some girls too like me. haha where as a barely dressed male especially if he's wearing something ridiculious like a string wouldn't be considered hot at all or he would be considered just as hot as if he were dressed normally. I mean think of Sephiroth, or Dante or even Cloud or Squall all fully dressed and all extremely hot. So i do think the game makers take all this in consideration. Female gamers are satisfied with dressed male heroes. where male gamers like their female heroines to be a little… underdressed?
    I'm just saying i never play games with ugly heroes or heriones in them. that's just me.

    • Weefz

      11th Jul, 2009 at 12:35 pm

      Hi NGie,

      Yes, I'm not keen on the whole mankini look either. The point I was referencing was that female protagonists have to be hyper-sexualised in order for men to accept them, while the men are typically set up as masculine ideals, with Arnie-style muscles or ordinary-guy-saves-the-day. Neither ideal acknowledges women as anything other than ancillary.

      You are quite correct that your examples are very popular with women. OTOH, these are all from Japanese games, and all from one company. The vast majority of games barely acknowledge the female audience at all.

      Check out The Beauty Myth and Character Design and
      Debunking the Myth of Frivolity
      for some longer essays on this.

  29. Yeah

    19th Mar, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Get over it ya ugly slag. Scantly clad woman are in every other form media, why the hell not in video games? If your not happy, then DON'T LOOK. Let guys have their eye candy, its not harming anyone (except for you) and you dont have the right NOT to be offended.

  30. Ummm....

    10th Jul, 2009 at 1:51 am

    All I can say is that I just saw a video on Youtube where in GTA4 the main character gets 3 lapdances performed by a stripper and the last of which is performed by 2 so a chick with a thong shouldnt be as offensive. Just sayin'.

    • Weefz

      11th Jul, 2009 at 11:57 am

      They're all demeaning to women, honey. Most of the time I just can't be bothered to post about them.

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  32. JudgeFred

    27th Jul, 2009 at 9:16 am

    You want video games to be like real life? But that's the whole point of video games; to offer escape from a world of ugly idiots (mostly) and boredom.

    "Contrary to what you may think, I don’t really mind hentai or games like DOA: Xtreme Beach Volleyball. At least they’re upfront about their motives." This isn't upfront? Hot badass girl beats the hell out of monsters seems pretty upfront to me.

    And let's be honest here, we as human beings love aesthetics. Why would be have an ugly lead protagonist? Not really a big deal, this. It's been going on for years and as long as game devs keep churning out "girly games" I doubt, they'll even consider treating female gamers seriously.

    • Weefz

      27th Jul, 2009 at 6:38 pm

      JudgeFred, dude… there's a happy medium between porn hawt and real life ugly. It's quite wide, in fact. Reaaaaally wide – they're opposite ends of a very big spectrum. It would just be nice to see some hot female leads in games that hit the "wears clothes" section of it more often.

      Or are you saying that clothes = ugly?

  33. nishnosh

    6th Aug, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    speaking of sexism – have you seen those bloody evony ads (they even appear on this site). Destruction did a good skit – http://www.destructoid.com/evony-ads-bring-new-me

  34. Eric

    11th Oct, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I could say that this character is a bit cumbersome but whether we noticed it or not, this similar characters can also be found on most of japanese anime.. maybe it a bit uncomfortable to see our children playing and staring on that such character..

  35. Fabz

    17th Nov, 2009 at 7:55 am

    why everyone keeps talking in extremes is completely past me. Firstly……ITS JUST A COUPLE OF PIXELS ON A SCREEN! GET OVER URESELVES!!!!!!!!. secondly, if we do need to actually confront this problem, why can't female characters in games be just sort of pretty but not extremely curvy, like faith in mirrors edge, or alyx vance, from half life. i don't think it is fair to call these games like xblade nasty and disgusting, because if everyone else thought like that, the game would not sell. but sex DOES sell, which is the problem everyone is having, and sexy underage girls with out of proportion bodies do sell as well(though i have no idea why) which is why these games are so popular.

  36. Kyle

    28th Aug, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Characters r character whether they look good or not. Sure girls in games tend to b made to look good and yes some games r created to show off scantily clad girls but the fact is that if u actually play xblades u are too busy trying to survive the onslaughts of monsters to take notice that the girls barely wearing anything. Only I’m cutscenes or on the cover does it get that idea but then, this game genre is generally played by guys. We tend to like hack and slash games more than girls do so therefore it’d b put to what guys would want. Hack slash, kill monsters, survival and why not a hot chick doin it. Coz either way if u actually play the game then in gameplay you’ll note u aren’t even looking at the girl but the monsters to stay alive

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  38. Steve

    13th Jan, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    O.K., I have not read all of the posts on here but I think I see where this is going. FOR THE RECORD: I am not sexist, racist, or intolerant of any group of people ( unless you call multinational corperations people ). I think that there is a very clear double standard going on here. I think that Weefz, since she has declared herself heterosexual is full of s#@%! If you are indeed a strait woman then there is no doubt in my mind that when you see a man that you find attractive this happens: First you see the hottie or w/e you call them, then if he’s your “type” there will be A BIOLOGICAL RESPONSE ( you can’t stop this from happening ) causing you to feel slightly aroused, maybe more than slightly. If this has ever happened to you, and I’m sure that it has then you have “oogled” a man and you are a hypocrite. I personally do believe that men and women are equal. The problem with this whole topic is that you are asking people to shut off something that is in our genes, and that is NEVER going to happen. Any guy who tells you that he doesn’t “oogle” women is either not hetero, or is lying to you so that your opinion of him stays high enough that he can eventually get you out of you cloths to oogle you. Finally, you like to talk about how men are impressing this hyper sexuality on women. This is also nonsense. Both women and men have been using there sexuality to manipulate each other for thousands of years especially women. Why do you think that prostitution is called the oldest profession? Sex will always be at the top of the list of ways to make money and to control ( each other!!! ),