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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:24AM Ayenn said

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LOL, "state the solution is violence". Rights, can't you identify ironic humor when you see it? Please...
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:26AM Ayenn said

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In no place did I even mention censorship. I am absolutely against censorship of any kind. Do not frame my statements incorrectly.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 7:09PM sandwiches said

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@Angel
How exactly do you feel the developers should portray the characters in their game? Unattractive or maybe wearing hijabs?
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 6:06PM Ayenn said

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@sandwiches

First, where do I say anything about hijab like attire. and where do you get the concept of avatars being unatractive in anything I have said?

That, sir, is called hyperbole and does nothing but make you look unintelligent.

Physical attractiveness is not defined by someone being nude or nearly nude, at least not for me. I have much higher standards than that.
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Posted: Aug 24th 2010 11:42AM sandwiches said

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@Angel
I never implied that you wanted unattractive people or people in hijabs. I simply asked what you think the developers should do. So, again: How do you think that developers should portray their characters?

Now, as to your point about nudity, you are saying that those who find nudity attractive have low standards based on what exactly?
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:33AM (Unverified) said

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"...with her fanny flying in the wind..."

A Brit writes:

Blimey, that *is* over-sexualised!

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:36AM JuliusSeizure said

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An Aussie replies:

Just as I was thinking. D:
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 10:16AM (Unverified) said

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Another Brit responds:

Cor, It's obscene!
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:35AM JuliusSeizure said

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Yet another thing I'm looking forward to about The Old Republic: Everyone seems to dress practically yet look absolutely sexy. There's nothing wrong with a bit of skin, if it's impartial, but there's a lot to be said for having fantastic clothes to go over a nice body.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:40AM wcdregon said

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@Angel how do you feel about women who are okay with objectifying themselves or other women? part of the problem is that a large part of the female population subscribes to the same misconceptions as the male population.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:45AM (Unverified) said

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Unfortunately this is because western culture objectifies women in magazines, the web and the telly. This is of course because a large majority of it is run by men.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:47AM Ayenn said

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The exact same way as I do about male objectification of females and males of males. It harms everyone.

sexual attraction is fine and good. hell, dressing attractively, even provocatively IRL is fine as long as it is a choice made by the individual. The display and portrayal of sexualized persons as a method of attracting consumers is a violation of humanity.

Do I think it will ever stop? No, I know it won't. All I can do is disassociate myself from the deplorable persons who support and promote it.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 10:03AM Daelda said

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@Angel - so, you are in favor of censorship then? You feel that the portrayal of sexuality should be censored because it harms people? How far should that censorship go? Should everyone in videos/MMOs wear Burqas? Are you ashamed of the human body? As people are exposed to more and more nudity, they become less and less sensitized towards it and actually become less sexually stimulated by it.

I was reading a report by an expert witness for the prosecution in sex crimes (a Detective of many years experience) a few months back and he referenced studies that as p*rnography became more prevalent and accessible in an area, the incidences of rape and other sexual crimes actually goes down. Counter-intuitive in some ways, but....

I am not saying that we need to expose our children, or the general public to nudity, p*rn, etc. I am just saying that while I respect your stance, you may need to broaden your education on the issue.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:42AM Arkanaloth said

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You have to understand the protective quality of the chainmail bikini... When she steps onto the field wearing that the one thought that goes through the minds of every guy on the other side is simple:

"Cut the straps!!!"

So while they're desperately trying to nail that natural 1000 on a 10D100 roll necessary to cut a strap on a moving person mid-battle, she's cutting them down in droves and seemingly impossible to hit in any way, shape, or form.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:43AM GRT said

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" attractive characters and skimpy outfits have been a part of our culture for quite some time now"

Fixed that for you.

I don't play female characters, but if I did I wouldn't play TERA, that's for sure.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:45AM (Unverified) said

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Aside from the moral issues, it bugs me that the developers still think us male gamers are desperate nerds who need porn-lite mixed in with our gaming experience.

Surely any well-balanced male over the age of 20 is over that "if I have to look at a character's butt while I play.." nonsense?

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:16AM Meagen said

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Didn't you get the memo? The only reason men will buy *anything* is if it either contains tits or promises to help them get tits. The only reason you play video games is for the tits, because you're not manly enough to pick up some real tits in real-life bars. Your life is entirely tit-driven until you are 40, and after that you're old and useless so you might as well die.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 11:42AM OldBoy said

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@Meagen: Yes, because there's so much of it in Call of Duty and Farmville. Please try and find some beauty and meaning in life.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 1:21PM Its Utakata stupid said

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Um...OldBoy, I think Meagen was being "tounge and cheek" about that. That is, she was likely making a sarcastic point. :)
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:47AM (Unverified) said

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I find this to be a problem in most MMOs. Women are almost always over sexualized and men are always portrayed as ripped "manly men". If find both to be terribly offensive. With that said, I also like options in MMOs, for instance sometimes I like rolling a femme fatale, sometimes a conservative woman, sometimes a manly man... for me we should have the option, but not be forced into an over sexualized version with all of our characters.

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