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  • garnsr - January 19, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    Tifa's the only JRPG character I can remember who was stacked. I haven't played any for a while, but they don't usually endow them that well, that I can recall.
  • DriveShaft - January 19, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    I'm a girl gamer, and I can't tell you how refreshing it was to play Uncharted for the first time, and notice Elena wasn't stacked, it's a glimmer of hope, but then just take a look at Lara Craft, Ashley Graham or pretty much and JRPG woman and it shows what the male developers were really focused on x]
  • OnyxOblivion - January 19, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    Oddly enough. Samus was the first major female in gaming, and is still the best. Must be the fact that we can't objectify someone we never see the face of.
  • meg127 - January 19, 2010 9:08 p.m.

    Thanks for the great article, GR. It was really interesting and you brought up some points I hadn't thought of before.
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - January 19, 2010 8:59 p.m.

    I was playing Bayonetta over the weekend, and my wife was watching part of it. Very quickly she said, "Why is she naked?" I tried to explain the game's "logic" behind it, but the more she saw of it, she kept saying "That's so sexist." She was pretty offended by it. And no, she's not typically hyper-sensitive about these kinds of things. Male gamers, like myself, have no real grasp of what women deal with when it comes to societal pressure, objectification, etc. To just wave it all away and say "it's no big deal" only really works as a guy, talking to other guys. For women, it's a whole other story.
  • cyberpirate - January 19, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    most games are targeted to males tho, there arnt many girls who want to shoot something and see blood splatter all over the place
  • Amnesiac - January 19, 2010 6:37 p.m.

    @orandymackie: Did you not read the article or did you just miss the point entirely?
  • oryandymackie - January 19, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    Using GR's educated logic, we can deduct that Saints Row 2 was the least sexist game of last decade...no, wait.....
  • Howetzer - January 19, 2010 6:07 p.m.

    LMAO! daninthemix. LOL. That was almost the funniest thing I've heard all dam day, bravo! Epic.
  • daninthemix - January 19, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    Less words, more tits please.
  • mattdark - January 19, 2010 4:50 p.m.

    You have to look at stereotypes more then anything. Back when the girl was rarely more then the damsel in distress, and the guy was strong and fearless and would be the one to save the day. It is in more recent years that weve seem 'some' developers mature a little and actually break away from the mould, unfortunately, they tend to get hidden amongst the amount of games that throw big muscular men with guns and/or big-breasted women with little clothing at you. @Nick851 - It depends on how you look at it I suppose. Remember that Samus was originally thought of as a guy due too the power-suit, it was difficult to belive back in the day that it had been a girl all along that had been kicking alien ass. Ivy, im kinda on the line with her. Yes, she is a strong character, but she's also based around the dominatrix idea, where yes she has power, and is in control, but itys sexy so were ok with it. Sheva is certainly a better character, extra costumes aside, she's pretty much treated equally as another strong character. @Superbadnik - Its another back in the day thing. Back then, lara was an over-proportioned, glorified poster girl who was one of the early attempts at using the 'sex sells' system, hell, her creation is commonly seen as start of a long line..
  • OmNomRomRearghNergh - January 19, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    Yes Nick851, because showing a video of a game character doing combat moves in slow motion is degrading all women. And who says they are concerned? This is a report on the evolution of sexism in games. Please be rational.
  • Nick851 - January 19, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    Only yesterday this place ran a Bayonetta slow motion tits and ass wank fest article for its readers. And today it's all concerned about sexism in games. Cannot take this place seriously to be honest.
  • pimlicosound - January 19, 2010 4:22 p.m.

    @Jacob816 & SuperBadnik: I think characters like Lara Croft can come off as being sexist because they seem to say: "a female character can only be appealing if she is sexually desirable to men". Like the gun-toting male bastards, these female characters seem to exist only to satisfy some parody of adolescent fantasies. That is what's sexist: the characters are essentially servile and pandering. Characters in video games need to appear to have a reason for being other than extreme violent release or sexual titillation. They need to have those elements toned down and appear to be people who are valuable for other qualities. When describing characters to other people, it will be nice when the first words that pop into our minds are ones like "scoundrel, renegade, brave but sometimes vulnerable" rather than "massive bazookas" (for either gender).
  • Nick851 - January 19, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    Females in video games are most of the time shown as strong characters, Ivy, Sheva, Samus. So I don't really see the point of this article. It's men that are more often than not shown as the weaker more dumb sex in media nowdays. Developers know that most of the people playing their games are teenage boys who are gagging for sex, so they give them some digital tits and ass to stare at, and they make more money. No harm done. Most of the people who complain aboutsexism in games are guys. Very confused they be.
  • AsianLOL - January 19, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    Valve is an shining beacon? Umm... a. :D Oh and Soulcaliber, Yes i kind of agree with you there, and i agree with SuperBadnik. Why is Lara Croft an example of sexism? Isn't it better for women?
  • GR_DavidHoughton - January 19, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    Lara's okay now, but for years her character design was utterly ludicrous.
  • SuperBadnik - January 19, 2010 4:03 p.m.

    Whats so sexist about Lara Croft?
  • Jacob816 - January 19, 2010 3:34 p.m.

    I guess it comes down to your view of what sexism is. I define it as a guy that one gender is inherently superior to the other, and therefore should take dominance over the other. Therefore I think that characters like Ivy or Lara Croft, while high sexual are not sexist because they are not shown as being weak or inferior to men. Sexism only occurs (in my view at least) is there is some sort of overt or implied dominance or superiority of men involved.

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