The Exploitation of Elves, Bikini-Armor & Other Predicaments of the Girl Gamer

“The male-driven gaming industry dooms themselves to be left in the dust by a society that’s rapidly becoming more gender aware, unless they stay abreast of the times and start treating women like people.”

Bluestockings Magazine

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Imagine you are about to fight a large, armor clad orc wielding a 6-foot-long sword to the death—a stretch, I know, but stay with me here. Now, as you dressed for such an event, would you reach for your 5″ stiletto-boots and a bikini? Well if you happen to be a typical female video game character, then that’s exactly what you’d do. Not a single vital organ would be protected. It’s just not a good idea.

When I was a kid, one of my favorite games was Soul Caliber, an arcade-style game where two players choose a character and then rapidly mash at buttons until one or both of them fell dramatically to their death. For the many fighters wearing thongs and thigh-boots, it would seem that one stab to the stomach would be the end of them, right? One would think. But, placing them cleavage first on the cover…

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