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Posted: Feb 11th 2011 2:22PM winterborn said

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So let me get this right.

People are upset at seeing digital images of the human form ?
Yet most all games are about KILLING !

You people are messed up.

Posted: Feb 11th 2011 3:04PM eyeball2452 said

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Lots of valid points above. Good discussion, but at the end of the day subscriber numbers and $$ speak louder than words. From a pragmatic point of view, if the skimpy outfits didn't sell, developers wouldn't keep making them.

Posted: Feb 11th 2011 3:48PM mysecretid said

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Whenever I get the sense that the female outfits /only/ exist to give me, the straight male gamer, a boner.

Yes, it's fantasy, and yes, there's some leeway -- Conan fought hordes of enemies often wearing not much beyond a loincloth and sweat, after all -- but if the in-game clothing has /no/ apparent design priority except to arouse viewers, it's failed the test.

Posted: Feb 11th 2011 3:57PM Tizmah said

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@mysecretid I agree. Some women in a game universe, may indeed be flirty or slutty, and it perfectly makes sense from a story stand point. But players should have options for both modest and sexy so we can have our characters be who we want them to be in a fantasy universe.
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Posted: Feb 11th 2011 3:54PM Tizmah said

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A simple solution that can please everyone. Devs should allow an option, right next to show helmet, and show cloak, that says "show undergarments" Now I'm not talking about bra and panties, but a simple clothing layer that shows instead of what would be skin. For example, that Tera screenshot above, imagine that skin being taken up by a white clothing layer when you click this option on.

I don't think anyone minds that their are skimpy clothing for women in most games. It's logical that some women do dress that way. However, most games Force you to dress that way. What if the character you made for an RPG would never dress provacatively, yet here a nice piece of armor shows up, yet it's stockings and a string bikini? Not very fair.

So it's not that everyone is being conservative and stuck in the middle ages. It's that we are forced to wear sexy clothing.

Posted: Feb 11th 2011 4:41PM DemonXaphan said

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Only game that made a female stripperific would be L2's dark elf armors, especially with boob jiggle. Mostly the Asian mmo's went this route but yeah all companies do this to their games to some point.
If you look at the F2P market lots of mmo's do this to get males interested, since lots of males play female toons.

Posted: Feb 11th 2011 5:42PM Theodorus said

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I don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but "Vindictus" currently features tear-away armor which becomes shredded during combat to reveal some serious Frederick's of Hollywood stuff underneath.

Worse, they're selling (for real-world cash) new "underarmors" every month. Absolutely shameless.

OK, yes, I've bought some.

Posted: Feb 12th 2011 6:33AM InspectorDubplate said

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Posted: Feb 12th 2011 6:34AM (Unverified) said

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Did anyone consider the impact of the actual model?
The armor is one thing, but there's a lot to be said for the way the character model looks. Especially the face.

In the picture presented for this article at least, the GW and Aion girls just look like sweet young girls. The TERA character however, looks much more... pornographic in style. The make-up and all that jazz.

Posted: Feb 12th 2011 8:59PM claytondora said

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So long as all the naughty bits are covered, it counts as functional armor in my book.

Posted: Feb 13th 2011 8:15PM Thorqemada said

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For your article you should have mentioned "Kabod" which may "develop" the armor question further - the open beta is right about ot start.

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