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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 8:59AM Dranaerys said

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I guess I must be a 33-year old man-child, I rather enjoy having all sorts of gear to deck my character out, wether it be sexy for /dancing at the AH, or tough leather jerkin for stabbing raid bosses in teh face with.

It doesnt offend me, the human body is what it is, as long as the devs make clothes in both ends of the spectrum, how much you cover your toon's ass up with should be a decision left to the player.

And if you ask me, WoW's gear looks hideous. I'd take Aion or Tera's over it in a heartbeat.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:11AM Addfwyn said

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I agree, I feel this is probably the more mature attitude to have than the 'oh my god, it's skin, I am now disgusted!'. It is what it is, and it seems silly to get that offended over what people in a video game are wearing. I'd be more bothered if there were lewd and sexist commentary in quest text or something than what the characters are wearing.

For example, I think some of the clothing designs in Tera are actually really cool, the rendering underneath them are just that, rendering of people that I don't care much one way or the other about. But some of the design that went into the clothing is actually pretty darn cool. Plus if I remember correctly, not every last piece of armour in that game is stripper-armour either.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:01AM JohnD212 said

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Not at all. The entire world is sexual and violent so why not have it in our games. If they watered them down then we'd be feeding into that idea that games are only for kids and open to censorship. Bring on the boobies!

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:03AM nevin said

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I stopped reading the article at the 'fanny' sentence just to get to the comments. Reagus didn't disappoint; I certainly chuckled. Damn my immature sense of humour.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:04AM Shadanwolf said

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Sex sells.That's why it's so pervasive in many cultures(unfortunately).It's also a definite turn off for female players who have to wear those skimpy clothes.Beautiful clothes also sell. Most dev's haven't figured that out yet.For me...it's definitely a strike against the game.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:09AM Lt Cobalt said

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Have you actually played any of the mainstream MMOs in the last few years?

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:10AM Aganazer said

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There are plenty of sexy scantily clad people in real life. The difference is that they are purposely segregated to specific places like the beach, strip clubs, go-go bars, and in the bedroom.

I wouldn't mind a seedy underlife at the city hubs, but keep that crap off the battlefield please.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:11AM wjowski said

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...That should be obvious. Why do you think gamers are stereotyped as lonely nerds so much?

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:12AM Scuffles said

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..... seems simple

Line is drawn in the sand neither side is willing to budge .....

For those who enjoy the game(s) and don't mind the "objectification" of MEN & WOMEN, continue to enjoy your game(s)

For those who don't enjoy the game(s) based on said perceived "objectification" vote with your dollars and spend your money elsewhere.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:13AM VioletArrows said

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I ain't gonna say one way or the other, just this:

For crap's sake, have a little friggin' variety, devs. Barbies and Conans are just plain BORING now. I mean if I can get my violence and ice cream in dozens of flavors...

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:20AM dudemanjac said

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Yeah, where are the fat chicks?
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:28AM VioletArrows said

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I think the closest you're gonna get there is your stocky dwarven women. >_> Though most folks don't know the difference between packed with muscle and fat-stacked.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:15AM archipelagos said

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This is quite the loaded issue, isn't it? Generally speaking I would have to say that MMO's are over-sexualised at the moment but this is part of a larger problem with gaming and certainly not limited to MMO's. Most (note that I said most and not all) women in modern gaming are used as props to sell a game and not as vital characters integral to storylines. Let's be honest here: if you're not a straight white guy with chiseled features and a toned body who swears every five minutes you're not going to get much represenation in gaming. Take a look at the main heroes from most of the biggest IP's in recent gaming and you'll see what I mean.

There are many reasons for this but until the attitudes of those making the games AND those buying them matures we won't see things improve. Consumers as a whole need to stop accepting mediocrity as standard and demand better, until then you get the games industry that you deserve.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:19AM Valdur said

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It's the Western Society the real problem and this has been since ages.Not so long ago the same western societies named the rest of the world savages.Women with only some cloth covering their breast and vagina were also named savages.

Female wearing jewels on the ankle,waste or piercing was considered as whores by the western society where as the same outfit in other cultures mean something else.

And a few decades later all western women are wearing these same jewelries and bikinis or sunbathing with their tits uncovered.

Should we consider them as savages and whores?

Some people see evil everywhere.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:40AM (Unverified) said

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Western Society is to blame? I think you will find a lot more sexy "armor" in Asian MMOs.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:46AM Saker said

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There's something to be said for your argument. Western society is bizarrely prudish about sex. And have a wide open acceptance of massive violence.
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Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:24AM bate said

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Frankly I love it. :D More please!

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:31AM Averice said

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I also think Tera is a bit much. I didn't mind it when I first saw a few screens and I had no idea what it was, but then when the "fan clothing skinning"or w/e came out, and then whatever that lineup picture of them was more recently, it just struck me as way over the top.

I remember back in the day, speaking of females wearing armor that wouldn't cover their dignity, that was a big issue in early WoW with a few of the outfits. Those outfits are still in the game if you really wanta wear one, but as you've probably noticed if you've played in the past 4 years, Blizz doesn't go with that kind of armor style anymore. Not to say that they don't let you play dress up when you want to of course, which I think is perfectly acceptable.

First time I ever saw sex blatantly on the cover of a game that I can remember would have to be EQ1 boxes. I'm sure there were games before that, probably leisure suit larry, but as a personal experience that was the first time I saw sex being used to help sell the package. Never did buy it though, played a friends for 2 minutes and couldn't stand the FPS view and horrible blocky graphics, back when it was a new game too.

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:33AM (Unverified) said

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The sexuality in games like Tera doesn't offend me(morally or otherwise). It does make me roll my eyes though... it's so cliche at this point.

It also makes me assume the worst about a product. Why do they have to resort to softcore porn to get attention? Can't their product stand on it's own?

Posted: Aug 23rd 2010 9:36AM (Unverified) said

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It's not that games are over-sexualized at all really. I can't think of many mmos that have sexual themes in the story, actions of characters, or anything other then their clothing.

To be honest, I think it would be nice if they were sexualized a bit more...

WAIT THERE!!

I think sexy is done wrong. MMO's drop characters (male and female) into clothing that shows their bodies and I think people react when it does overly happen. They could make woman warriors sexy without showing 98% of their skin, and do the same for males in a more intelligent way.

It's not sexualized as much as 'close to porn as we can get' thinking. It's funny how you can play some mmo's with super skimpy outfits with boobs almost falling out of their top, but there isn't any sexual themes at all happening. I wouldn't mind more adult themes with a bit more cover up. I can't think of any mmo of the top of my head that has the 'adult' content prime time tv has other then skimpy clothing.

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