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- Feb 7, 2013
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This is actually the least amount of negative commentary toward me regarding fanservice that I've had in a topic thus far. That aside, Sharm raises an excellent point. A lot of games in the mainstream media tend to have a lot of sexualized fanservicey female characters, some by players, some by the people who designed them. There's Inphyy from N3, The main character from Bayonetta, Lara Croft (Who is an accidental version initially), Tifa from FF7 comes to mind, Cidney/Cindy Aurum from FFXV, Chun Li from Street Fighter, among others... You don't see a lot of male characters in a fanservicey manner, and even then it's usually not to the extent that female characters tend to be represented. In movies, it can sometimes be worse depending on who's directing the movie. Books, comics, TV shows both animated and not... When you really take the moment to compare fanservice directed at males versus directed towards females, you see that it tends to focus primarily on the male side. Even then, when you have a game that has primarily female characters and is geared towards females, a lot of the time those same female characters are laden with fanservice directed towards men. FFX-2 comes to mind. Three female characters, all three have some degree of fanservice towards men. There is a degree of justification, though, with Yuna, who after spending all of her life training to sacrifice herself for the good of mankind is finally able to live her life as she wants and does what she feels is necessary to find who she really is as a person.
Thus, I think that, if anything, there should be more fanservice directed toward women to at the very least balance this.
Completely disagree. Plenty of media titles offer manservice, but it's simply ignored by people who are blinded by their "zOMG, the females are so sexualised!" statements. A classic example would be Dead or Alive, claiming it's just pure fanservice for the guys, completely ignoring the fact that the men in that game are just as sexualised as the females.
The same goes for anime, such as when people say Fairy Tail is full of boobs and half-naked women, yet ignoring that a bunch of male characters frequently take off their clothes or have their clothes destroyed in combat, and on top of that, they all look ridiculously handsome. Then, there are shows that are full of manservice (such as DBZ and JoJo's), but nobody talks about it because it's taken as granted. Well, probably because most people who complain about inequality of fanservice seem to be guys themselves, so whenever they see a guy that would be considered handsome by a good portion of women, they overlook it and label it as 'it's just a guy'.
Anyway, the nice thing about being games developer is that you can work on what you want to see in a videogame. If you want more fanservice directed towards women, there's nothing stopping you from making a game that has just that. Be the change you want to see.
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