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  • LovingLife139 - March 16, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    I was highly impressed to see an article with such mature subject matter on the front page of GamesRadar, and the article did not disappoint. And a man wrote it, at that, and thus a sliver of my trust for humanity is restored. Ha. In all seriousness, I have also noticed this problem, and I vote with my wallet. I was super excited for Dragon's Crown until I saw pictures of it being released. The women are so oddly proportioned it's nauseating and not even human looking, which is...creepy, to say the least. Valhalla Knights 3 was another game I refused to purchase due to such content. I even owned the previous two games, and am looking to get rid of them as well due to the third's transgressions. I agree with you, sir. If men and women wish to look at attractive members of the opposite sex (or same, for that matter), go forth! But forcibly putting it in games is driving people away. Do they have a right to put it in their games? Absolutely. Do we have a right to put our money elsewhere? Absolutely. It's just such a shame. I have a love for JRPGs, but my selection is increasingly limited. If this continues to where JRPGs are a genre I can no longer seriously consider, so be it. But let's hope it doesn't come to that. :)
  • Kurbster - March 16, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    I hope you had a problem with the disproportionate men in Dragon's Crown, too. If not, then the feminists thanks you for being one of their mindless pawns.
  • GR_HenryGilbert - March 16, 2014 8:41 p.m.

    Firstly, http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/05-the-death-of-snkrs/falseequivalence/ Second, http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/aKga-N6NIg4/maxresdefault.jpg Does the portrayal of men and women seem equal here? Is the barbarian's body language in any way sexualized to the extent that the mermaid, monk, or spirit is?
  • Huehuehue - March 17, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    Please explain how it isn't insanely hypocritical for anybody from the US, or most westernized nations, to give Japan shit for their games, when GoT, a show that objectifies the hell out of women, is the one of the most watched in the US. Despite its insane popularity I have yet to see one entertainment website/blog even mention it though. We sexualize little girls with shows like 'Toddlers and Tiaras', and teenage girls with a plethora of TV shows and movies. The way I see it, the only difference between the sexualization of girls and women in the US and in Japan is the medium by which we do it. At least Japan is open about it. The US has this strange dichotomy of puritanical prudishness in combination with an obsession with violence and the sexualization of both teenage girs and women. Why is it that the video game industry is getting all this attention from feminists like you anyways? The TV and the movie industry does it to a much greater degree. Even the music industry has a shitload of sexual crap, in the form of music videos. Why is it that almost every other entertainment medium in the US uses female sexuality to sell shit, but when the video game industry does it, THEN it's a problem? Is it because the video game industry is an easy target for you social justice warriors?
  • GR_HenryGilbert - March 17, 2014 8:12 p.m.

    Hmm, you know what? You're right. This video game site is just the place to discuss television shows. Sorry for not bringing them up in the piece
  • hngqtr - July 4, 2014 2:26 p.m.

    " The women are so oddly proportioned it's nauseating " Yeah, the men too. And the monsters. And pretty much everything else.
  • homestar99 - March 16, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    I care about the fact that gaming can be oversexualized and needs to stop doing it. There are already people who make creepy gaming porno, we don't need the developers helping them. If you do something wrong then you need to justify the means behind it to make it right. The closest reason I can see comes in the form of "so more people will buy our game just to jack off". I'd feel more emotional and offended about it if I saw it more often. The reason why I don't is 'cos I hate JRPG's. All they are is a bunch of agnsty cunt teens trying to stop a questionably evil power while wearing and looking like something that came out of a dumpster. When it does happen outside of that niche I get pissed. In short, less sluts and bimbos, more realized characters. Perfect examples might include a great majority of the female characters in The Walking Dead, The Last Of Us, and Bioshock Infinite. Those are people.
  • Kurbster - March 16, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    Then don't play japanese games, them. Go play your boring zombie apocalypse games with average and politically correct females if you get so ass-ravaged about popping a boner and pissing off your feminazi friends.
  • homestar99 - March 16, 2014 8:10 p.m.

    The point I was trying to make is that when it happens outside of the JRPG niche it becomes weird. Go ahead, play Japanese games, its your opinion. I'm fine with it happening in JRPG's 'cos it happens all the time. I'm not fine with it when it tries to get away with it outside of that niche (unless the creator was a Japanese guy at a Western company). I'm fine with getting aroused if it plays into context, it just bothers me when it seems to be there for no reason other than to have people ogle at it. I am willing to admit it might have seemed like I was ragging on the concept altogether and not just a specific section. I'm not offended by it in a genre I don't play. I don't want games to pander to a majority or we'll just get the same shit over and over *cough* modern shooters *cough*. I don't want people to think like me on this stuff, I want to see conflicting opinions, with exposition and a feeling of passion for the subject (even if it mean constantly being called a variety of flavors of swear). I don't want JRPGs to change, they are fun to people with different tastes and should cater to the fans, not the haters. I don't have to like everything and am fine with whatever goes on in what I don't play. I play "big budget GOTY titles" 'cos they somewhat endure me and cater to my needs. You people play JRPGs 'cos they probably somewhat endure you and cater to your needs. Hating JRPGs was my jumping off point 'cos it was primarily featured in the article to ATTEMPT to say that they were excluded from my rant. You have your games, I have mine. I used yours as a jumping off point 'cos that was what the article was mainly about but then explained why I hated said genre and then moved on to rant about the ones I play. Does this clear everything up?
  • Huehuehue - March 16, 2014 8:21 p.m.

    It's so painfully obvious how little you know about JRPGs, or Japanese games in general.
  • Kurbster - March 16, 2014 8:40 p.m.

    "I care about the fact that gaming can be oversexualized and needs to stop doing it." doesn't sound like someone who "don't want JRPGs to change"
  • Huehuehue - March 16, 2014 3:15 p.m.

    Then keep playing "10/10 GOTYAY" games like Bioshock Infinite, and avoid playing JRPGs, dipshit. Why do you have any problem with the choices that the developers make with THEIR JRPG game, especially since you stated yourself that you hate JRPGs? What you're saying is essentially, "HEY! I see you making harmless games for a genre I don't even care about that has material that offends offends ME and MY SENSIBILITIES! Stop that, and start making games for sophisticated gamers such as myself! I want all games to pander to ME, and people who think like ME! WAAAH!". Luckily, Japanese developers never listen to whiny cunts like you and the clueless idiot who wrote this article, but to the people who actually buy their games. Hopefully, they'll never bend to the will of you idiots.
  • Kurbster - March 16, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    preach it, brother
  • GR_HenryGilbert - March 16, 2014 8:46 p.m.

    Do I come off like I don't play JRPGs in this article? Because I've been playing them for decades, and still play them a ton. The excessive fan service makes me sad because I love the genre
  • Kurbster - March 17, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    Tough it out or move on to more "progressive friendly" western games. You know full-well the reason why such games are localized, and outside of a few 'westernized' franchises, are for pretty much the otaku crowd who hate censorship You can argue about alienating customers, but considering the low budget these games normally have, they don't need to offset the cost by "appealing to everyone". If the free market wasn't making their money back and then some, they would change overnight. The sooner people realize that video games are a business, and not a art form... the better
  • Huehuehue - March 17, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    "Do I come off like I don't play JRPGs in this article?" Yes, yes you do. Because the Japanese have been doing this shit for decades. Why is it that it's only recently that this has become a problem? Is it because of the recent feminist agenda bandwagon that every gaming "journalist" or blogger has hitched their wagon to? Not to mention that most of the games you mentioned up there aren't even JRPGs, just made by Japanese developers, dummy.
  • Vonter - March 16, 2014 5:02 p.m.

    I'll argue Bioshock didn't need guns to tell its story. But I think there's enough space for idealized characters versus relatable characters. (like Marvel and DC heroes).
  • MonsterBeatle - March 16, 2014 1:15 p.m.

    Why the hate for Henry? His point is relevant and valid.
  • homestar99 - March 16, 2014 8:11 p.m.

    The hate is for the genre he chose to talk about, which thrives on that kind of stuff.
  • gadjo - March 16, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    You know, I see a lot of people on the board here getting angry at the author, and implying he's mad at all JRPG's for being sexualized. I don't think that's his point. He seems to be saying that some of the weird sub-genre's that he likes the game play of have way too much fan service in them. I can sympathize, kind of: I've never enjoyed the characters or story of Kingdom hearts much, but the gameplay is good enough that I can ignore it. It does kind of suck when you want to buy a game, but there's so much fan service on the cover that everyone looks at you like you're renting porn.
  • Kurbster - March 16, 2014 12:41 p.m.

    tough luck. They aren't going to change just for him, or Americans in general You either like them or don't. Clearly the author has 'matured' enough to not enjoy such games anymore. Sucks for him
  • Sebakan - March 16, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    Finally someone thinks like me. I totally agree with you, and extends this argument to other kind of graphic arts like manga and anime. Are you looking Kill La Kill animé, for axample? That think the fathers and mothers of the japanese children when they see this on tv? Japanese people have a really hard problem with that.
  • Kurbster - March 16, 2014 12:46 p.m.

    Many of the more risque shows are shown late at night. Do some research before opening your mouth
  • Sebakan - March 16, 2014 1:59 p.m.

    Dude, that's not the point. Practically you can take any anime/manga/game(japanese) and look that the girls/women are all stereotyped and sexualized. Thats the point.

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