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Re: Big boobed characters in video games

Reply #230 on: April 11, 2013, 04:06:57 pm


If men were portrayed like this, I'd put some more value on your argument, imnumberfour.

Edit: TO BE MORE DESCRIPTIVE... Quick bullet points on why men being idealized =/= females being sexualized.
  • Men are shown as capable and strong, something men want to be
  • Women are shown as sexy and beautiful, something men want to have
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Re: Big boobed characters in video games

Reply #231 on: April 12, 2013, 12:33:31 pm
To be fair you could totally go:

  • Women are shown as sexy and beautiful, something women want to be
  • Men are shown as capable and strong, something women want to have

Which is true as well. The stereotyping of both genders which happens all the time is not a great thing either way. But it is also true that esp. games are a medium which seem mainly geared toward men, at least the mainstream.
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Re: Big boobed characters in video games

Reply #232 on: April 12, 2013, 01:52:42 pm
That's true too, but usually the male characters aren't designed to be especially appealing to females. I remember there being a study that women's preferences for males change during menstruation. When they are ready to mate they want a male that's really masculine and strong, but after they have had the children, they want a male that is more feminine and cares for the children more.
(Humans are apparently in between a both parents care-type situation and a one-parent-cares situation, but the first clause is forced by culture. hence unfaithfulness. http://trendingsideways.com/index.php/the-biology-of-human-behavior-robert-sapolskys-key-insights/, the third paragraph down is my proof for this thought.)

At least personalitywise most video-game characters are not very appealing to me as a female, because they are either emotionless or super-angry and violent.
Not something I'd assume a woman wants for a husband or something. (Though hypocritically I can appreciate characters like the main character from Deus Ex who are having a lot of drama, but that's more because I like woobie characters. It would be exhausting to have a friend/partner like that.)

Of course there are probably women who want a capable and strong husband for various reasons, but I'm doubtful that's entirely out of sexual appreciation.

Meanwhile the females are portrayed as sex-lusty supermodels in the worst cases that I can remember (Starfire in that infamous comic), something that a cliched male might especially desire.

The first thing a lot of people seem to mention about a female videogame/action flick character is how they'd love to bang that character/how ugly they looked, even people whose opinions I otherwise value. :c


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Re: Big boobed characters in video games

Reply #233 on: April 12, 2013, 03:35:39 pm
Seeing the picture of the sexy bearded man, my mind conjured the image of the growling steroid inflated female Kratos (tat tits swinging about in her ballet of destruction) which would come and rescue/seduce him...

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Re: Big boobed characters in video games

Reply #234 on: April 12, 2013, 06:21:19 pm
No, for it to be a complete reversal the guy would have to be climbing up her feet in a typical Conan fashion. 8U! *or would he? Don't know enough about God of War*
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Re: Big boobed characters in video games

Reply #235 on: April 12, 2013, 07:51:07 pm
When I think of "a male character whose appearance has been exagerately modified to please the female audience (to a point that I may find disgusting)", I think of Alucard. I don't know to what extent it compensate the presence of big-boobed characters, but I'm not sure it would make sense to present alluring male characters because it gives me the feeling that noone is impressed. Neither boys nor girls.

On the other hand, someone exageratedly surrounded with mystery (pose) and handsome (dressing) is something that is often encountered, and (afaik) which triggers the same kind of response for the (young) female audience than big-boobs produce on the young/lonely male audience which is the target for Soul Calibur and such.

(Note: this is just a personal feeling based on local observation, with no intent to reach high psychologic level)

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Re: Big boobed characters in video games

Reply #236 on: April 12, 2013, 08:01:47 pm
Guess the problem is more that there is a greater variation in males, whether they are bishonen or bear in style, with plenty of variation between both of these.

With females characters seem to gravitate toward either jailbait or pornstar in most noticed games. I know there are some who don't, but they are far less in numbers than the male equivalent.

I feel like we are recovering old ground again.
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Re: Big boobed characters in video games

Reply #237 on: April 12, 2013, 08:50:55 pm
So it's less so a case of their looks but more the personality they are presented with?

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Re: Big boobed characters in video games

Reply #238 on: April 12, 2013, 09:59:24 pm
It's a lot of things. It's about the intentions of the designers. It's the conflict between appearance and personality, it's the lack of variety, it's the way others treat them and the way the story treats them. I wish you'd just read through the thread instead, I can't explain myself without worrying that I'm giving you the wrong impression.
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Re: Big boobed characters in video games

Reply #239 on: April 13, 2013, 11:20:57 pm
Would enjoy people's thoughts about this video and the author's other videos and stance on feminism in general. Not only is she well spoken for the most part, she argues her points logically and often lists references and resources.

http://youtu.be/OSaT9utl4Ys