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Why Do We Sexualize Video Game Characters?

From the infamous Custer’s Revenge to the celebrated NieR: Automata, time and time again there has unfortunately been a firm element of sexualization applied to any character bearing the identity of female within gaming.

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From the infamous Custer’s Revenge to the celebrated NieR: Automata, time and time again there has unfortunately been a firm element of sexualization applied to any character bearing the identity of female within gaming. Certain men just can’t seem to get enough of computer generated lady bits, whether it is the female target of Custer’s pixelated and racially insensitive lust, or the existence of a fan created nude mod for NieR: Automata’s already scantily clad heroine, 2B.

With blatantly sexually charged gameplay and nude mods clearly being driven by nothing more than sexual fantasy, the subject of sexualization of females within gaming can encounter a certain grey area when it happens to portray, for example, the aforementioned scantily clad 2B with an empowering “I don’t give a damn” personality. This raises the question of what separates the difference between positive portrayal of female characters within games, despite the fact that they may be somewhat under-dressed, and what constitutes as cringe-inducing sexual objectification?

An experience from a number of years ago that I can recollect is playing the 2011 Mortal Kombat with a friend of a friend. Upon discovering a revealing bonus costume for Mileena, he proceeded to (almost literally) drool over it. “Isn’t that a little bit strange?”, I inquired, having never fully understood the sexual appeal of fictional characters. “Well, when you’re single you take what you can get”, he responded confidentially. As a single person myself at the time, I still failed to see his argument, but I moved on regardless, realizing there are better subjects to converse about than the slightly visible butt crack of a Mortal Kombat antagonist. However, it was quite clear that there was a prevalent element of sexual frustration to not only his tone of voice, but his response too. This can be casually observed in many other instances of our lives, whether it’s our one friend that tends to like/share fetishistic photos of anime girls on Facebook, or our other friend that secretly reads sexually charged Overwatch fan fiction. As odd as it may seem, it is in often cases nothing more than people harmlessly relieving their sexual frustration via various outlets. This sensation of needing to quench our lust is experienced by the overwhelming majority of humans within their lives, and in some cases the antidote for certain people just happens to take shape within the medium of games.

As odd as it may be to witness the fantasy orientated manifestations of individual’s outlets for their sexual frustration, it potentially holds no ill will against females. Provided that each and every individual can distinguish firmly between fantasy and reality, and as a result not apply whatever fetishistic mindset about Lara Croft’s breasts that they may have into real life, their indulgence in fantasy driven lust is, although at times bizarre, essentially harmless.

This same rule applies to pornography too, of course. It is also arguable that those seeking sexual relief from indulging in fantasy is far less problematic than the more common means of seeking sexual relief from friends with benefits and/or one night stands, as these can potentially hurt the emotions of a second party in the event of a misunderstanding (e.g. “I thought you loved me, but you just wanted to use me for sex?”). Of course, whatever your weapon of choice may be for relieving sexual frustration, from staring at Mileena’s buttocks, to cuddling a hentai covered body pillow, to pornography, to casual sex, it can all be entirely harmless and innocent provided that it doesn’t impede your ability to create and nurture genuine relationships with others.

Whilst the stereotype of seeking sexual satisfaction in fantasy oriented outlets sets its crosshairs most commonly on men, there are exceptions. I distinctly remember going on a date with a girl once upon a time which resulted in her describing to me her passion for Yaoi, which is manga and anime depicting men being intimate with one another, at times sexually.

The moral of the story is that we all like to sexualize from time to time, regardless of gender. Men aren’t sexual objects, and ladies aren’t sexual objects, but we are all pretty damn sexy at the same time, so let’s celebrate that with respect and love for one another!

I have spent my life in England finding entertainment in both video games and music. Whilst not indulging in the latter, I invest my time in playing all manner of video games, and as of 2017, writing about all manner of video games.Email: harrymorrisharrymorris@yahoo.com

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  1. Tino

    June 12, 2017 at 10:26 am

    More women in positions of power within games design – and just the industry in general – is needed so the culture can continue to move on from bikini armour clad ‘hotties’ pictured alongside ridiculously over muscled male heroes. Sure progress is being made with substantial and interesting female characters appearing more and more – but take a look at this recent Kotaku artist highlight:

    http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2017/06/08/theres-a-little-blizzard-in-this-ios-game

    I responded fairly bluntly about the ridiculous representation of the female characters and the (limited) response from others was in agreement. I won’t be sorry to see the backside of this element of video game culture but I think it’ll be a while.

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Watch Ninja On An Episode Of Family Feud

Don’t miss the moment Steve Harvey meets Ninja for the first time.

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is heading up a team on Celebrity Family Feud this weekend, but it’s not the first time the famed Fortnite streamer has appeared on the show.

Long before he reached household name status in the gaming community, Ninja appeared on the televised game show Family Feud in 2015, when he and his family went on a three-day winning streak before losing to the Beams family of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

With Blevins now appearing on an upcoming episode of Celebrity Family Feud, we thought it would be fun to revisit those earlier episodes which have now all been uploaded online.

Regardless if you like Ninja and/or the show, you’ll get a kick out of watching his introduction when he tells host Steve Harvey that he’s a professional video game player who travels across the country and competes, playing video games. The reaction on Harvey’s face is priceless since nobody at the time could have ever guessed how popular Ninja, not to mention streaming video games, would eventually become.

Watch the videos below. Enjoy!

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Check Out the Explosive First Gameplay of ‘Kerbal Space Program 2’

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Gamescom 2019 brought with it a host of surprising game announcements and updates on existing games. One of the most unexpected announcements was the reveal of Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to the viral, totally accurate space simulator that first released on PC back in 2011.

Now, shortly after its initial reveal, Gamespot has gone live with the first gameplay of this much-anticipated sequel. Fittingly enough, the footage showcases all the spectacularly explosive spaceships, interstellar exploration, and intrepid Kerbal explorers that the series has become known for.

It should be noted that the footage is pre-alpha, so although the gameplay does show some issues with frame rate and graphics, those should be polished up before the game’s full launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020.

Here’s the full description of the game, courtesy of its official website:

With the original Kerbal Space Program having become one of the most beloved games of all time and now bigger than ever, Kerbal Space Program 2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up to meet the demands of modern and next-generation space exploration, all while maintaining the monumental foundations of the first game. Build a space program, construct powerful spacecraft, design resource-gathering colonies, and much more to uncover the secrets of the galaxy. A plethora of exciting new features will captivate veteran and returning players, as well as usher in a whole new wave of Kerbonauts to the ingenious and comedic world that has entertained millions of players.

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Netflix Releases Teaser for ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’

The Netflix Television Event will launch globally on Friday, October 11

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It was on September 29, 2013, that Breaking Bad came to an end with the final episode of that series, “Felina” in which Walter White evades a nationwide manhunt in order to return to New Mexico and deliver the remaining profits from his illegal methamphetamine empire to his family. Knowing cancer will soon kill him, Walt revisits his former acquaintances to settle his affairs and prepare himself for the conflict and his death. When the credits rolled, audiences believed it would be the last time they would see many of these characters and while we did get a spinoff show in Better Call Saul, one character who hasn’t returned in any other show as of yet is Jesse Pinkman. That’s about to change…

Netflix announced on Saturday that it will release a new Breaking Bad movie that will center on Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who was last seen in the TV series speeding off in a stolen Chevrolet El Camino to parts unknown.

The film, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, and will be released on Netflix on Oct. 11. The film is also expected to be broadcast at a later date on AMC, the cable network where the TV series was originally shown from 2008 to 2013.

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The Netflix Television Event El Camino: Breaking Bad Movie reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  The movie is produced by Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer and Aaron Paul, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series

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Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Soundtrack Gets a Vinyl Release

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While we don’t publish music news or music reviews here at Goomba Stomp, we are huge fans of vinyl and since we cover film, we figured this announcement would interest some of our readers.

Back in 2017, Jordan Peele’s Get Out topped our list of the best films of 2017 and while the year isn’t yet over, there’s a good chance his follow-up Us, will land somewhere on our best of the year list as well. There are many reasons why we love Peele’s ambitious sophomore film including for the suspense, cinematography, performances, and direction, but one thing that doesn’t get enough praise is the soundtrack by Michael Abels. And if you like us, love the original score, you’re going to love this bit of news.

After giving his Get Out soundtrack a vinyl release last year, Jordan Peele is now doing the same for the soundtrack to Us.

WaxWork Records announced the news earlier today and if you’re planning on buying a copy, you don’t have to wait since it is now available to purchase through the label’s website.

The soundtrack, which received a digital release earlier this year, features composer Michael Abels’ score, in addition to songs from Janelle Monáe, Minnie Ripperton and the “Tethered Mix” of Luniz’s “I Got 5 on It” that appeared in the film’s first trailer. The album artwork was created by illustrator Edward Kinsella and features an interactive die-cut mirror board back cover, a heavyweight art print and an exclusive essay from UCLA Professor, scholar, and activist Shana L. Redmond Ph.D.

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