Female gender representation in games
Boobs. Yeah, that got your attention. Aren’t they simply wonderful? Just imagine, since years boobs have been one of the main pillars of marketing. They have been used to sell almost every single product known to mankind, anything that has ever had a chance to grace a store shelf. It could be through the use of models or by simply sticking a pair on the case of any video game. There is always at least one half-naked girl in a game for the male players to drool on. So much, that it is now seen as some form of tradition. Let’s not lie here, the media makes more money than it already does by sexualizing the female body. But in all due honesty, I can see why. Gaming is still an extremely male dominated space, comparatively. Most games are aimed at the heterosexual male and there is only one thing that the male population enjoys more than wheels or guns, and that (drumroll, please) is sex.
Don’t think I don’t hear you saying that such concepts are old-school. That times have changed, that the industry has changed. I agree, society has moved on and now the gaming industry is as diverse as it has ever been. It’s not just the area of the male anymore. Men and women, girls and boys from all over the world invest their lives into the making and consumption of amazing electronic experiences, whatever they may be. However, there is one thing that has never changed …boobs and asses.
Character still from the game Dead or Alive.
However, I’m on both sides. Basically, I argue that many negative comments are thrown to a lot of women on the internet. And these comments are almost always sexual in nature and have nothing to do with the actual depth of the content. I believe that some game developers unnecessarily add sex into the looks or personality of so many female characters in order to make them more appealing to the male audience and that factor is beneficial from a marketing standpoint.
But I find it strange that this sort of characterization exists in the RPG and MMO genres, as these genres are known to have a large population of female participation. I can only imagine that seeing this sort of imagery attached to games would turn most women off from wanting to play them. These games are like a bold statement broadcasting that the game is designed by men, for men and everyone else can just suck on it! (Or something like that, at least.)
A scene from MASS EFFECT 3. sWEEEET
On a lighter note, I’d like you to know that I have no problem with games exploring sex and relationships. I don’t even have a problem with nudity, as long as it’s done in a classy manner. Take, for instance, the game Mass Effect. It contains nudity and sexual scenarios, but it is done in a way where it doesn’t feel cheap or vulgar. I’m not saying that all games are guilty of over-sexualizing women, but there are still enough games out there for it to be considered as a problem. I believe it’s high time for the maturity level of our games to catch up with the maturity level of our gamers.
A scene from GTA5 strip club
To quote a friend, “What’s the big deal, really? Those females in the games are not real people! You think Lara Croft was based off a real woman. No! These chics are fantasy characters created using technology to generate a virtual experience on your screen. Out of all the mediums featuring over-sexualized women, games should be the least of your worries! We are living in the age of internet porn that features real women and men and a major blockbuster (movie and book) that’s all about kinky sex (50 Shades of Grey)! What crime is there in a big-assed and busty fictional female?”
My response came as a surprise to him and will to a few of you also, it’s that women get jealous easily. The female population is constantly in a state of competition. These are the kind of women who want to be a part of the gaming experience only because in their minds these sexy, confident and capable women are in a way taking away their man’s affection and attention towards them. I know it’s hard to believe but yet it is sadly true.
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Recent statistics show that a little less than half of the gamers are of the fairer sex. With a rather high rate of sexualizing women in the gaming industry, it’s understandable why a female gamer would feel uncomfortable and alone in her surroundings. To feel like this in a community in which you wish to be a part of is very disheartening. Female gamers and the women working in the gaming industry have spoken up about the issue on many occasions. What we don’t hear is how this is all perceived through the eyes of the average heterosexual male gamer. How do certain developers, publishers, and marketers come to the conclusion that all male gamers would automatically buy the game simply for a set of boobs and a raunchy, one-sided characterization?
Top Five FEMALE PROTAGONISTS In Video Games
In recent years, games have started to shift the focus towards women in addition to the men.
Today, there exist many games that feature female protagonists who fight just as well and just as
much as men do. However, one burning topic has arisen: Are these women being depicted as
offensive? But this debate is frankly never-ending.