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Posted: Jul 6th 2010 9:54PM breezer said

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Gee... the womens' armors feature practically exposed vaginas and the mens' feature modest vests... can't imagine why people would accuse En Masse of blatant, shameless sexism.

Posted: Jul 6th 2010 9:55PM breezer said

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sorry to beat a dead horse, but give me a break.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2010 12:03AM (Unverified) said

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Ha, so true. Why wouldn't they dress the male characters like Chippendales? Oh, right, "historical accuracy". Can't be because most male players would find it distasteful and not play. You know, like all the girls don't play. Can't imagine there's any connection there.

However, here's a connection I think makes a good point on the topic ;)

http://dimfall.blogspot.com/search/label/016
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Posted: Jul 6th 2010 10:42PM Russell Clarke said

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Where did you get that hat
Where did you get that tile*
Isn't it a nobby one
And just the proper style
I should like to have one
Just the same as that
Wherever I go they'd shout "Hello"
Where did you get that hat

*"Tile" is Cockney Rhyming Slang for smile. Roof Tile - Smile. Geddit? :)

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 11:17AM i2hellfire said

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um...that cockney rhyming slang is wrong. the word isn't suppose to rhyme with the intended meaning. the word used within a phrase is. in this case, "tile", if associated with "roof tile", should be synonymous with something that rhymes with "roof"
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Posted: Jul 7th 2010 4:38PM Russell Clarke said

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I think we'd better leave that debate to the historians who actually care.
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Posted: Jul 6th 2010 10:55PM VioletArrows said

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>_>

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TAKE IT OFFFFF!!!

*coughs and slinks back to WoW drama*

Posted: Jul 6th 2010 11:00PM Birk said

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Two words; male cameltoe.

Posted: Jul 6th 2010 11:18PM (Unverified) said

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oh, look!
It's Aion Points Bulletin

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 5:23AM archipelagos said

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I see what you did there.
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Posted: Jul 6th 2010 11:38PM Ryukan said

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Elf ears? Got it. Spikey white hair? Got it. Demon-gazelle horns portruding from side of head? Got it.

Wait..what? Demon-gazelle horns? You lost me. Character race design is getting really weird in the manga/anime-esque MMO's. I refuse to click on the images of the actual armor because I don''t need to look at it (or want to) to know it is as ridiculous looking as the female armor that was shown prior.

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 5:29AM Audacious said

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It's not weird so much as it is a paradigm shift towards even more overt fanservice and formulaic characters than it has been in the past (which is not to say that they didn't have their formulas in the 80's and 90's, either. Maybe nostalgia makes me look at things than as less obnoxious, but I still think it was better than the 00's have been.)

Asia has realized they can get away with selling games, animé, and manga with decreasingly less creative character design in decreasingly less clothing, so they throw their arms up and tell themselves "Why not, if they keep buying it?" and here's what we westerners importing their games, who are maybe a tiny bit less overt about our fanservice, have.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2010 12:45AM Addfwyn said

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I don't care that much about the female armour issue. Yes, it's kinda ridiculous but that's not really anything particularly new in any kind of media, not even video games. I think some of the female armour (that actually covers the woman) looks overall better than the male armour anyway, so that's a win insofar as that much.

I just think the male horns look kinda bad. Especially compared to the female ones.

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 2:23AM (Unverified) said

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These renders that have been shown over the last few weeks have officially turned me off of this game. I can't imagine who at En Masse and Bluehole thought it would be a good idea to over-sex this game, but it's kind of gotten to the repulsive stage.

At this point, I would fully expect to hear renditions of Right Said Fred when visiting the Castanic home city. I'll pass.

For promoting a product, I far prefer the path that ArenaNet is taking with Guild Wars 2 -- giving details and discussing with the community actual features of the game; core mechanics and the like. Possibly ground-breaking ones at that.

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 2:33AM Dranaerys said

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the groundbreaking mechanics of GW2 seem to be in the line of creating dynamic questing and world events, but the core cooldown based wow-like skill system is still in there, apparently.

While the tittilating elf armor pics are easy publicity for En Masse, what attracts me more to Tera is that it plays like God of War, in a way. For that reason alone, I'll be buying it, any game with a combat system thats completely different to any other mmo out thre is worth a try, particularly when its been getting high praise from anyone fortunate to try it.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2010 11:23AM i2hellfire said

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im more in line to agree with dranaerys' assessment. skimpy armor's fine and shit, but it doesn't mean anything if the game isn't fun...and their combat system looks like massive fun.

aside from that observation tho, its humorous seeing so many people bitch and whine about the artistic flair given to the armor sets. oh shit...that patchy armor can't realistically protect my pixellated female video game avatar! really? get the hell over it. if you care that much about accurate armor depictions and their effectiveness in a real-world context, go outside and larp or something with your padded sword and absence of dignity.
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Posted: Jul 7th 2010 4:00AM NeverDeath said

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Welcome to the internet; The home of the zealous fighter of justice, who is quick to complain about anything that isn't done precisely the way they like it, and to badger anyone who doesn't agree with pandering to the vocal minority. Sexism, Racism, the world is a terrible place, let's post about it on the internet.

The point of fact is that even with what World of Warcraft did for the genre, more males play MMOs, by a landslide. They are marketing what they think their target audience wants - sexually charged females and masculine men. That doesn't make anyone sexist or anyTHING sexist, it just makes a person overly sensitive and self-righteous. A quick glimpse at any recent MMO will show that the number of players quitting games because their models are too attractive is exponentially lower than the number of people in that same demographic who are quitting games because their models are too ugly. Look at Warhammer Online and what they did to the women of the Empire and the High Elves.

I would never play a castanic, male or female because I feel they are a generally emo-centric race, and that is a turnoff for me. That's right, I'm discriminating because I have tastes and preferences! I must be an evil person to have a personal opinion on something that doesn't flow with the teeming masses! Heavens Forbid.

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 4:42AM NeverDeath said

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Whatever you wish to think about me is built largely on your own ignorance and general lack of knowledge about who I am or what I do with my time, and is therefore irrelevant. It's not my fault I hit a sore spot (insert crude insinuation about what spot that is precisely, to even the score). If the shoe fits and you don't want to wear it, there are other things you can do to avoid appearing prepubescent - such as not posting.

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 5:17AM (Unverified) said

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Ripped!

What's up with those horns.. they look, weird.

Overall pretty good looking armor. Looking forward to see more.

Posted: Jul 7th 2010 5:42AM (Unverified) said

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@NeverDeath *Slaps back of head... repeatedly.*

Silly boy! Did your mother never teach you to think before you speak? Of course there is a vastly disproportionate ratio of male to female gamers in the mmo market. Did you ever wonder why this is the case, rather than simply accepting it? Did you not consider that this grossly sexist and skewed focus on the female form may be turning off a lot of female players, or men for that matter? I have absolutely no problem with sexualising avatars. Really, bring on the tits and bums! But there HAS to be some parity between the two sexes. The cute male bums are a start but there needs to be an awful lot of clothes shedding before it's acceptable. All I ask for is a little equality. Surely that isn't unreasonable, right?

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