Boon Windows and Midriffs
I saw this posted on gaming site “Kotaku” (http://kotaku.com/what-some-male-gamers-want-female-soldiers-to-look-like-1442781879). Because everyone knows that boob windows and bare midriffs are right at home on the battlefield.
(the pictures are included in the article - I figure I didn’t need to include them here, as well).
Saw the result of the contest asking about what male gamers want.
In short - Camo Cleavage
"Male soldiers in Crytek’s huge free-to-play online shooter Warface are depicted realistically but, comparatively, female soldiers are not. Their proportions are exaggerated, their clothing is revealing - they’re sexualised.
They’re that way because a male-dominated audience asked for them to be. And while Crytek recoiled at the “considerably more extreme” requests, applying an authenticity filter to rule out things such as high heels, impractical open-chested combat fatigues exposing plenty of cleavage were kept in.”
They actually considered putting soldiers in high heels?
You don’t say! Tell me something I don’t know…
I saw this article yesterday too, and was very disappointed. A telling quote from the article:
"The female skins [are] a good example of how we see how culturally the different regions approach the same game in different ways," Howard says. "The skins we’re showing right now are the skins that basically came out of our Russian region. They’re not what our players at first requested in the Russian region. They tended to be considerably more extreme that what we ended up shipping with."
He goes on to talk about how Chinese players gave similar responses, which were “also somewhat unrealistic as compared to the males but differently than the Russians…You look at the Chinese models and they’re also disproportionate but in a way that’s more… Chinese? I don’t even know what language to use for that but they’re different.”
As much as I wish that the developers hadn’t done this, at the same point it’s quite informative about how men perceive women in games. Boy do we have a lot of work to do.
Tica’s note: This is depressing. Looking at the image link, you can see that the men get massive bullet vests, eye/head protection, loose clothes… The women get tight-sitting clothes, super-model faces, no head/eye protection what-so-ever and cleavage — completely ignoring the bullet vests for the sake of “sexy”.
I feel like this is extremely offensive for those women who actually are in the military.
It’s not like they don’t have enough sources. (<- link)
It’s true that they have started making womenswear in the military more fitting to the female measurements (because things should stay in place and sit correctly, etc) but not to the stage where they lose the meaning of “protective and practical”. In fact, you won’t even see the differences, that’s how minor the changes are.