4 More Projects for Nintendo and Playboy (NSFW)

March 30, 2015 Articles, Video Games Comments (0) 81

Earlier this week Nintendo invited Playboy Playmates Amelia Talon and Pamela Horton to play the upcoming third-person shooter game, Splatoon. Five months ago Nintendo teamed up with Playmate Pamela Horton for a nude Bayonetta Playboy spread. We can sit around and wonder why Nintendo keeps teaming up with the Playboy Playmates, or we can embrace this new partnership with wild speculation. So let’s take a look at three more potential projects for the pair. Note: Many images nudge the NSFW line. 

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Wii U and Bayonetta 2: Family Friendly?

September 23, 2012 Articles, Video Games Comments (4) 38

Recently it was announced that Bayonetta 2 is going to be a Wii U exclusive. This has caused a large amount of nerd rage, as many people have been upset that the new Bayonetta games should be on, of all systems, a nintendo console. While it is disappointing that now I actually have a reason to buy the Wii U, I find this move interesting for other reasons. For a console that has typically been dubbed as “family friendly” what the hell is Bayonetta doing there and how is this going to affect gameplay for Bayonetta 2? For instance, in a recent post I mentioned how Catwoman’s cleavage is being covered up for the Wii U “Armored Edition” of Arkham City. While it clearly makes sense that an armored edition should feature more armor and less skin, the reduction of Catwoman’s cleavage in conjunction with the move to the Wii U still seems to say that the feline friendly dame needed to show less skin to be appropriate for a Nintendo system. In light of that, I’m interested in whether Bayonetta will undergo sanitation before her upcoming debut. To get to the bottom of this quandry, let’s first look at the recent Bayonetta 2 trailer.

So, from this whole trailer, here is the only part of Bayonetta that we get to see:

Sexy gun foot attire anyone?

I’m used to seeing Bayonetta look more like this:

That picture may still be one of the most sanitized images of Bayonetta I’ve seen. However,  the lack of Bayonetta in the new trailer doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to get a less sexy version of her. However if you go back and look at the original Bayonetta trailer we see something similar to the new one.

If you watch both trailers, you notice that the primary focus on each seems to be the bullets, rather than Bayonetta, with a single shot of her foot at the end of each trailer. So judging by trailers alone it appears as if the move to the Wii U has had no adverse affects on the over the top sexy heroine up to this point. What could be happening with this move is that Nintendo is attempting to re-engage with the more “serious” video game player base, and attempting to get some cred by adding games featuring *gasp* t & a. While I’m not necessarily sure Bayonetta gets to count as a “serious game”, it is certainly not family friendly by any means. In the first ten minutes of gameplay in the original, you basically get to see Bayonetta naked (with all the fun bits carefully covered up). Clearly this is all speculation at this point, but I can’t imagine there is any amount of sanitizing or armor that could make Bayonetta palatable to the parents of younger children. The more naked she gets, the more her powers grow. That seems canon enough that it would be hard to change at this point in the franchise. So rather than a negative move for Bayonetta, this could be a smart move by Nintendo to ensure that it starts adding new types of games to its repetoire to ensure that the Wii U doesn’t gather dust on people’s shelves like many Wiis are currently doing (mine included and I just bought one this summer). Either way, I’ll be keeping tabs on this story as it develops to keep you all up to date on the fate of our favorite violent vixen.

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Leading Lady Links: Don't Be a Dick

July 31, 2012 Leading Lady Links Comments (0) 49

So today we’re continuing this week’s roundup, to see what I covered yesterday you look mosey on over to this post.  The first story I’m going to cover is Wil Wheaton’s 40th birthday! For his birthday on July 29, he launched the website don’tbeadickday.com. Here’s the gist of the website:

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Also, if you don’t quite know how to accomplish that, here is a helpful infographic chart:

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Sage advice for everyone on the internet! So if you ever had a crush on the young Wesley Crusher, or you enjoy his series on tabletop gaming at Geek and Sundry, then you can honor Wil Wheaton everyday by following the simple rule: don’t be a dick.

Speaking of people who are attempting not to be dicks, Kotaku recently released a series called 1st Person Perspective where they interview everyday gamers about random topics. The fist topic considered was “Strong Female Characters”. This gives an interesting look at what some everyday guys think of female characters, and I was amazed at the lack of dickishness! If i had any internet skillz whatsoever I would be able to embed the video, but due to technical ineptitude I simply advise you to go watch the video here.

Of all the systems currently out, it appears like the Nintendo DS is the system that invites equal amounts of dicks and chicks to play it. If you look at IGN.com, all their female writers and editors primarily write for the DS section of the website (which is a rant for another day). In Japan, Nintendo gets Japanese Female Stars to advertise the DS, according to this article. As the article notes

It’s not just enough to be popular. Nintendo picks actresses or models who are popular with females, instead of pandering to males by picking the latest bikini model. That isn’t to say some of the woman in Nintendo’s ads are not former bikini models—some are. Buy they’ve moved on to either mainstream modeling or acting, and they have cross gender appeal

It makes me wonder how consoles in the US would market their systems for a cross-gender approach, or if a similar approach would work here.

Yes clearly, this post is already a bit Kotaku heavy, but here is one more article of interest from Kotaku about *gasp* race AND gender! The article, Assasin’s Creed New Black Heroine Represents a New Kind of Liberation” points out that black female protagonists are hard to find in most video games, and that the new  Assassin’s Creed: Liberation game is an anomaly in the gaming world because that’s who you get to play as.

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I would just like to say I am super excited about this, even though I’m usually only feel “meh” about Assasin’s Creed. I may have to pick up a Vita just to see how well they do with a black female protagonist in this game.

Moving on from Kotaku, 1up has a great article by gamer Kat Bailey about “Being the Only Girl in a Madden League” If you thought being a girl in the gaming world was rough, try being a girl in sports gaming! What sounds like it could be a horror story littered with brotastic anecdotes, turns into an inclusive, fun experience. Bailey points out that:

 One thing I’ve discovered over the years about gaming is that it’s more inclusive than most people realize. For every reprehensible claim that sexual harassment is “part of the culture” of a gaming community, there are at least 31 gamers who know better. Yes, even in a game like Madden NFL.

So basically, even in a game like Madden NFL, people know how not to be dicks. I feel like there is a lesson to be learned in this for 4chan trolls…

For people that have experienced gendered bullying in video games, Marina Martinez and friends made this video discussing bullying, and ways to respond and deal with it. It’s about a 120 minute long video,  but really interesting if you’re into this stuff, or want to learn how to better handle bullying. The main video starts at about 4 minutes in, until then its mainly them setting up.  EDIT: Apparently my embedding skillz have proven worthless again, here is a link to the video!

Finally, AN ARTICLE ABOUT BOOTH BABES FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A BOOTH BABE! Okay, maybe that wasn’t something to yell about, but it got me excited! Booth babes get a lot of flack from people who want the video game world to be ‘more respectable’ and they also have to deal with people that are fairly excited to emerge from their caves and see girls. So, this article by Elaine Low over at Jezebel adds an interesting perspective to the whole to booth babe or not to booth babe debate. My favorite quote of the article:

That we have recurring conversations about the necessity or frivolity of booth babes is a silly attempt at misdirection. Maybe those who frown upon slutty-looking costumes should petition game developers to stop designing slutty-looking video game characters.

So maybe if we treated women like normal human beings in-games, gamers would learn to treat women as normal human beings outside of game??? CRAZY!!!! Also, a great suggestion for how game developers can cut down on being dicks.

So clearly, if you’ve learned one thing from this post, it is clearly that being a vagina is clearly preferred over being a dick…wait…what? Er…maybe that’s not the lesson. This list of articles was the least dickish I’ve posted about so far, and hopefully the internet can continue this trend into the next!

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