Heaving breasts, sex mini-games, a 17-year-old wearing thongs…is this really necessary? Why, yes, it’s been proven that “sex sells” but I don’t buy a video game for the scantily-clad women. For example, Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, (not to mention the eight or so games before it) is all about, you guessed it, sex! Wow, a video game that has nothing to do except find a hot girl. Of course, I’ve never played this game, or any of its kind, so I can’t say if the game is fun or not, but that doesn’t excuse the overly-presented sex in it. And I mean, is it really necessary to have The Guy Game? It’s just Girls Gone Wild with trivia questions on a game disc. Well, I’m not saying it’s necessarily bad to have this in video games, but it’s not necessarily a good thing, either. Hey, I’m a guy; I’m going to like hot girls showin’ it off. You may complain, or call me a perv for ogling over polygons, but hey, I can’t deny my male instincts.
Final Fantasy X-2 features three young women sword-wielding, gun-dueling, and even magic-casting. Not only are these teenagers tough, young, and beautiful, they also dress in a way that their mamas probably wouldn’t agree with. The youngest of the three, Rikku, is only 17 years of age. In this RPG for the PlayStation 2, players can change their character’s job in the heat of battle, calling for a costume change. In every single one of Rikku’s outfits, you can see her thong, not to mention that she’s usually wearing a bikini top with a scarf (uh, what), and a micro-skirt. While I do agree that while I’m playing a video game I would prefer to see pretty girls on screen, so I don’t have to stare at the usual male protagonists during the whole game, that doesn’t mean they have to dress like sluts to be pretty. The beauty standards of real society apparently coincides with the standards in video games.
Another prime example is the God of War series. All games in the series (excluding the mobile game) have a sex mini-game that rewards the player with red experience orbs. I have to ask why these are included. Perversion? Curiosity? Just for the fun of it? While I own God of War and Final Fantasy X-2, I do not own these games because of the suggestive themes or nudity; I simply enjoy these games for the gameplay and the storylines. In my opinion, what most game-makers are doing these days are just using women in video games so the male-intended audience will be even more obligated to buy a game. Some people may complain that most girls aren’t into gaming, so if we can lose the stripper costumes, this might help boost the female population.
You can stay away from these games at all cost if you must, or you could skip the occasional, sometimes optional sex mini-game. There are things in this world that aren’t necessary (sex in games, violence, etc.), but we still find these enjoyable. It doesn’t make it wrong or make you a bad person to like these things. Over-the-top violence and sexuality may become a problem to some, but otherwise, it shouldn’t be a huge problem if you avoid the things you frown upon. I enjoy violence in video games, but I just think that the sex is really uncalled for at times, and a game can be great without it. Not to say that violence makes a game great (Pacman anyone?), I am just against the unrealistic huge breasts (such as in Ninja Gaiden. Jesus doesn’t your back hurt?) and the over-the-top sex mini-games. Looks like the hot-coffee mod got you an AO rating, San Andreas.
It’s not bad to have sex in games, but it shouldn’t take away from the game by over-presenting it. A player shouldn’t be more inclined to play a game because they may get a glance at some tits. Sure, it helps, but most importantly, it should be the gameplay that wants you to play a game.