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Game babes: A history



The era: Early '90s

The games: Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Fatal Fury 2, World Heroes

The babes: Chun-Li, Cammy, Sonya Blade, Mai Shiranui, Janne D'Arc

Stage in evolution: Instead of rescuing powerless damsels from whatever monster that happened to pass through town, most gamers spent their time playing as girls in countless fighting games. Thanks to Street Fighter II (specifically the leggy Chun-Li), every brawler out there had to have a sexy combatress in its ranks, with each new franchise trying to "out-sex" the other. Chun-Li was slutted out of town by Cammy, but none could hold a candle to Mai, who may very well be the first case of bouncy animated boobs. Gaming magazines were abuzz with commentary on what Mai's bobbing bosom meant for the industry - it was like witnessing (half-naked) women entering the workplace for the first time.

It wasn't all scantily clad scrappers, though. Sonya Blade and Janne D'Arc managed to make a splash despite owning a full set of clothes. In any case, graphics had progressed to the point where male and female sprites were easily distinguishable, and the latter was starting to become hot as hell. The same NES kids who hated girls years earlier were now totally cool with rubbing up next to the opposite sex. This is where video game crushes truly began.

What these games taught us: If a girl hasn't been kidnapped, it's because she's a thick-thighed master of combat who fights with as little clothing as possible. It would just get in the way, after all.

14 comments

  • GreatMuerte - September 18, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    NO ONE LOOKS AT THIS ANY MORE AND IM PISSED :)
  • ThePeanutGangsta - July 26, 2010 3:14 a.m.

    well this has certainly been a interesting (despite being extremely disturbing) article. I will probably try some of these games though... just for the *ahem* retro feel and the *ahem* nostalgia.
  • Black_X_1111 - November 23, 2008 11:05 p.m.

    maybe you could call it Top 7 SSB Brawl relationships. And why does every one link Samus and MC together?
  • Sizzler - October 16, 2008 10:15 p.m.

    Oh MY GOSH! I love this article. No more lists :P The Samus Tribute at the end was epic.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - November 19, 2008 10:57 p.m.

    watching the samus aran clip at the end made me think... How about a top 7 article that lists possible crossover relationships between similar protagonists from 2 games? e.g. samus + master chief You'd have to cut down the title though...
  • tcote13 - July 22, 2009 7:58 p.m.

    Dude... Yuna will always be my fantasy game babe. Hands down.
  • Darkdraak21 - April 22, 2009 1:55 a.m.

    Well wouldn't Cortana be pissed if Samus and MC hit it off?
  • triggerhappy - February 25, 2009 3:56 a.m.

    DANG the video are hot girls in vid on page 6
  • RebornKusabi - February 10, 2009 4:29 a.m.

    "And why does every one link Samus and MC together?" Because if they didn't then they would be linking her with Solid Snake or Pit... seriously >_> Go look, there is "artwork" of those two on the net far more than Chief there are of Chief and Samus. Besides, those two would probably hit it off real easy because of multiple reasons- 1) Samus is 6"2' according to canon, John is 7" according to canon, 2) They both fight territorial and highly aggressive aliens, 3) They both wear full-body armor that doesn't show any part of their bodies, 4) They both have sentient A.I. on their sides ect. ect. Gamers are a weird and mysterious species...
  • EnforceTheColeProtocol - April 29, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    lmfao To the power of ten. "But they've got boobs, so it's not all bad."
  • battenfelder - April 27, 2009 3:14 a.m.

    Samus is the best heroine in gaming. she is the one who inspired chicks that kick ass.
  • lawless77 - April 22, 2009 2:24 p.m.

    What? No Cate Archer? Am I the only one out there who thinks she's the ultimate video game heroine?
  • shadowleon - April 5, 2009 6:09 p.m.

    One word NICE
  • RebornKusabi - February 10, 2009 4:33 a.m.

    WOW!!!! I butchered the fuck out of the english language in that message >_> Here it is in better Eglnish (That was on purpose...) "And why does every one link Samus and MC together?" Because if they didn't then [people] would be linking her with Solid Snake or Pit... seriously >_> Go look, there is "artwork" of those [SnakeXSamus or PitXSamus] on the net than there are of Chief and Samus. Gamers are a weird and mysterious species... Besides, those two would probably hit it off real easy because of multiple reasons- 1) Samus is 6"2' according to canon, John is 7" according to canon, 2) They both fight territorial and highly aggressive aliens, 3) They both wear full-body armor that doesn't show any part of their bodies, 4) They both have sentient A.I. on their sides ect. ect.

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