And then I found out all the female characters have had breast augmentation since the third game.
(Oh and you can shred the clothes from their body too!)
Now, anybody who reads my posts here know that I have a deep respect and admiration for the female body. Ladies, you are all intensely hot, deal with it.
But it has been some time since I was a teenager. Some days, especially since my son made his entrance into the world, it seems like a 100 years. What I am trying to say is that these days the giant bouncing boobies in the Soul Calibur tailer are kinda....embarrassing. I can also see the darker side of having a trailer that shows a male character tearing clothes off the women with his sword. (At this time I don't know if the reverse is true, if you can tear off the guys clothing, hopefully you can but I can't tell from the trailers.)
Bit with the way my brain works I had to do a little research on how we got to this. I know from my days on City of Heroes, Final Fantasy Online and earth and Beyond community that a LOT of my fellow players are women. Don't game developers know that women of any age who play their games probably won't be as excited as teen boys that their chosen fighter boobs rise and fall and hey, you can git them all nekkid to!
CNET had some of the answer for me :
With that in mind, how is it possible that women represent just 12 percent of the video game industry? Ostensibly, it's not for lack of interest--the numbers speak for themselves--so it must be something else. Unfortunately, it seems those same stereotypes may be to blame.
So while 40% of all *players* are women only 12% of the *makers* of games are women. (Which probably explains all those highly detailed boob animations being worked out on very expensive computers.
If you read some of the comments to the article it seems most of those women who play games are on MMORPG's and what the industry calls casual games (Bejewled, Zuma, Dinner Dash, etc....) which is why I suppose companies feel it's ok to over sex the women in your big budget games.
My question that I have been getting into in such a round about way is :
If you are a game developer, why is this OK?
One of the comments in this article is a woman saying that her favorite game recently was Heavenly Sword and I can see why. Noriko was a very attractive character who is realistically designed and takes no crap and yet she has her flaws and does the right thing. Oh and she loves and takes care of her younger adopted sister. AND she also manages to get very good marks by GUYS in the "game babe" polls on many sites.
Why can't we do this more often? And if it sells titles and makes money, why wouldn't game companies want to try?
What came first? Lack of of titles for women or lack of women willing to break into a old boys network of game development?
As a guy who lives in a customer service industry it shocks me that this is allowed to happen! Why WOULDN'T you want to try to sell software to women?
Anyway, I have more to say but I want to get the ball rolling with this!
Edited by enTranced, 17 July 2008 - 03:17 PM.