After tweeting plans to make the characters of MGS 5 more erotic, including the controversial female character, Quiet, my male gamer friends have been acting awkward (more than usual) around me.
So let me get the record straight on this: Just because I play video games and I just so happen to be female doesn’t mean I’m offended by every sexually glorified stunt the video game industry decides to take.
Playing for over a decade, I have had my fair share of sexually charged female characters in some of the video games I own. I’ve noticed an increasing trend of females in video games but with less clothes and triple D boobs.
Yet, I shrug it off and continue playing my Dead or Alive 5, with Kasumi’s enormous boobs that jiggle unrealistically. Why? Simple answer: it’s a video game.
Video games are meant to mirror our world but with interesting twists. Think about it: If video games were to realistically portray every aspect of our society- how boring would that be? I can’t imagine playing a video game as a character named Bob going to his deadbeat office job with a boss whose an asshole. However, if Bob ended up bashing his boss’ head in because his boss turned into a zombie and now he’s stuck in an apocalyptic world overrun by them, well- slap a catchy title on it and promote it as a video game. I bet gamers would buy it, at least be somewhat interested.
Like I said, video games are meant to mirror but not copy our world. Video games are where developers’ minds can run wild with imagination (which is probably why there’s so many half-naked girls running around with their boobs bobbing).
It is easy to be mislead that the industry behind MGS 5 are “full of man babies” according to Halo designer, David Ellis.
The Halo series is not above Ellis’ statement either, however. The developers of Halo have increased Cortana’s sexuality with every installment of the game, the most noticeable being Halo 4 when Cortana’s breasts are clearly visible and protruding (even though her character is a computer program). Now I’m not calling Ellis a hypocrite but I’m calling him a hypocrite.
Lastly, to end my onslaught, I’ll leave you with this. If female characters are scantly-clad in video games to appeal to male gamers then why is it that developers feel the need to create male characters super-buffed with chiseled abs and deep voices: To make female gamers like me swoon over how sexy they are.