sexualisation

19
Aug
2015

Tearing Strips off Akiba's Trip

Posted by Cha

Misleading title, probably. I enjoyed the hell out of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed. As easy as it would be to trash it I'm not particularly interested in doing so. It's a strange thing to pull apart though.

There's a weirdly self-conscious trend in games of using sexuality as a marketing strategy, but never being willing to openly explore or acknowledge that. Even some pornographic games shy away from turning anyone on; burying erotic content among distracting or time-consuming game conventions. It's not so difficult to understand how this happens, given how society can simultaneously encourage desire and shame us for it.

13
Aug
2010

Non-Sexual Nudity

Posted by Cha

What makes character design sexualised?

I've been thinking about this question a lot recently. I've encountered a few game characters lately who show a lot of skin, but don't imply (to me) that sex was objective of their design. I find this quite encouraging, but of course not everyone sees these particular examples in the same way.

It's possible that being a straight female makes it easier for me to see female nudity (or semi-nudity) as something other than sexual, but I suspect that's being unfair. It's also quite possible I'm just horribly naïve, but even if my examples turn out to be poor the idea remains interesting.

Some people do continue to complain about nudity in painting and sculpture, but there's mainstream acceptance of the artistic merits. I don't see any reason games shouldn't also be capable of meaningful exploration of the human form.