Denaghra is possibly the only character I know of who shows signs of the inevitable consequences of a battle bikini.

Have I mentioned that she has become undead, involuntarily, during her character arc?

- wincenworks

We can safely assume what was the cause of her death, right?

~Ozzie

(Source: mattwilsonart.com)

"Fetishizing ‘power’ in women characters – having them kicking ass and always being ready with a putdown - isn’t the same as writing them as human beings."

Jack Graham, in Stephen Moffat - A Case For The Prosecution, a guest post on Philip Sandifer’s blog (via linnealurks)

Not exactly BABD’s subject matter (costume design), but very much related. You can’t cry “But this character’s personality makes her WANT to be sexy and badass at the same time!” when being sexy and kicking ass are literally the only to things she’s designed around.

~Ozzie

Why I was never really sold on Bayonetta.

- wincenworks

oblivion-confessions:

"One of my favorite things about Oblivion was how fair the armor was to both sexes- I didn’t have to worry about boob windows and chain mail miniskirts. [Though I think that can be said for the TES franchise as a whole- though Skyrim did take a step back with some of the armor.]"
Oblivion confessions


(Images courtesy of pkudude99) 
Apparently Orc Steel is the only armor with a boob window.  We’ve also been directed to a site ESO Fashion which showcases sets of armor.  So far, no boob windows, but boob plates and skin tight steel galore!
Overall, Elder Scrolls Online is doing a lot better than many of it’s competitors. The more common problem is that male armor is fitted for practicality and female is fitted to showcase there is a female body underneath. Or to suggest it anyway.
Plus y’know… I’m pretty sure scalemail fitted that tightly to your butt is gonna give you some sort of rash.
Not as bad as I was expecting. But bad enough to make me wonder if the executive decision makers understand the concept of branding.
- wincenworks

oblivion-confessions:

"One of my favorite things about Oblivion was how fair the armor was to both sexes- I didn’t have to worry about boob windows and chain mail miniskirts. [Though I think that can be said for the TES franchise as a whole- though Skyrim did take a step back with some of the armor.]"

Oblivion confessions

(Images courtesy of pkudude99

Apparently Orc Steel is the only armor with a boob window.  We’ve also been directed to a site ESO Fashion which showcases sets of armor.  So far, no boob windows, but boob plates and skin tight steel galore!

Overall, Elder Scrolls Online is doing a lot better than many of it’s competitors. The more common problem is that male armor is fitted for practicality and female is fitted to showcase there is a female body underneath. Or to suggest it anyway.

Plus y’know… I’m pretty sure scalemail fitted that tightly to your butt is gonna give you some sort of rash.

Not as bad as I was expecting. But bad enough to make me wonder if the executive decision makers understand the concept of branding.

- wincenworks

Funcom’s “Mankini-Gate” double standard

pkudude99 submitted:

An interesting article over at Massively about the recent “Mankini” April Fool’s joke that Funcom put in, but then their upper management pulled:  http://massively.joystiq.com/2014/04/10/chaos-theory-funcom-flubbed-it-with-the-secret-worlds-mankinig/

I think it was stupid of their management to do it, as does the article author.  Why is this allowed for a woman:

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But not this for a man:

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There actually is a male version of that Egyptian outfit that shows quite a bit of skin too, but nothing like it does for the female version,but there are plenty of female-only outfits that are very scanty too.  The worst of the lot is this one:

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That’s why the April Fool’s joke worked so well — Funcom was poking fun at their own propensity for the double-standard.  And that’s why I’m so upset with their management’s decision to pull the mankini outfit.

For grins, here’s a shot a blogger friend of mine took before they got yanked: 

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You’ll note the 3rd male in the shot is wearing a traditional speedo, and that’s been left in the game.  I don’t see that it exposes any less skin than the mankini.  I just don’t get it.

Well I suppose it was too much to hope that every executive in gaming would be as cool as Mark Long.

But really, after people have laughed and supported the joke is not the time to shut it down and try to pretend that it never happened.

Especially since the whole point of a mankini is that you can never unsee it.

- wincenworks

Apparently fans speculated it to be a copyright issue (but it’s highly unlikely)… Maybe Funcom wanted to be safe than sorry for not asking 20th Century Fox about official Borat licensing or something? ;P

~Ozzie

oh-its-another-alice asked: where can I find the original picture in your icon from?

Here: http://luckyfk.deviantart.com/art/Fantasy-Armor-355029113

LuckyFK did also two more pictures with that poor elf lady, this time poking fun at the typical eschergirls poses :D
Check out the artist’s gallery (NSWF warning, though), guys, for if not for their image, there would be no Bikini Armor Battle Damage!

~Ozzie

repair-her-armor:

eschergirls:

soursundaes submitted:

How to genderbend, according to Resident Evil Official Art:
Option A: Remove ShirtObtion B: Remove Pants
Done.

The man is the Resident Evil character HUNK, the woman is the female gendered swapped HUNK, so this is the same character but apparently when she becomes a woman, she loses her pants. -_o
So you’re walking into zombie-infested territory where a bite or scratch might doom you to be a zombie, but you don’t wear pants.  That makes sense.  It’s like she was on a beach somewhere when duty called and she hurriedly put on her equipment, jacket, boots, then was like “oh crap!  I forgot to put on my pants!” but it was too late and she had to move out.

I mean, I don’t mind that they added a skirt. But really, it’s a horribly bad idea to leave the legs bare! Not to mention, it looks… well, stupid.

I’m pretty sure that’s not even a skirt, it looks like they’ve just added a couple of inches of length to her Battle Dress Uniform jacket  so they won’t have to give her a skirt.
This is particularly stupid for Resident Evil though for one reason, highlighted by the male HUNK.

See how his pants kind of conform and seem to have some sort of wrapping around where the pants meet the boot?  That’s a standard military/para-military practice with battle uniforms because it stops anything going up the pant leg.
Things that might go up a soldier’s pant leg include:
Snakes
Creepy crawly bugs
Tear gas, mustard gas or similar chemical weapons
Biological weapons such as a highly contagious zombie virus
Seriously what is the point of wearing your gas mask and wearing a sealable BDU jacket if you just leave the bottom open and your legs bare?
- wincenworks

repair-her-armor:

eschergirls:

soursundaes submitted:

How to genderbend, according to Resident Evil Official Art:

Option A: Remove Shirt
Obtion B: Remove Pants

Done.

The man is the Resident Evil character HUNK, the woman is the female gendered swapped HUNK, so this is the same character but apparently when she becomes a woman, she loses her pants. -_o

So you’re walking into zombie-infested territory where a bite or scratch might doom you to be a zombie, but you don’t wear pants.  That makes sense.  It’s like she was on a beach somewhere when duty called and she hurriedly put on her equipment, jacket, boots, then was like “oh crap!  I forgot to put on my pants!” but it was too late and she had to move out.

I mean, I don’t mind that they added a skirt. But really, it’s a horribly bad idea to leave the legs bare! Not to mention, it looks… well, stupid.

I’m pretty sure that’s not even a skirt, it looks like they’ve just added a couple of inches of length to her Battle Dress Uniform jacket  so they won’t have to give her a skirt.

This is particularly stupid for Resident Evil though for one reason, highlighted by the male HUNK.

See how his pants kind of conform and seem to have some sort of wrapping around where the pants meet the boot?  That’s a standard military/para-military practice with battle uniforms because it stops anything going up the pant leg.

Things that might go up a soldier’s pant leg include:

  • Snakes
  • Creepy crawly bugs
  • Tear gas, mustard gas or similar chemical weapons
  • Biological weapons such as a highly contagious zombie virus

Seriously what is the point of wearing your gas mask and wearing a sealable BDU jacket if you just leave the bottom open and your legs bare?

- wincenworks

d4rke57mund:

DM: Your arrow glances off her armor.
PC: What armor? This is a ‘medieval fantasy game’, her armor couldn’t possibly be more than a bikini!
DM: NOT WHEN I DM IT ISN’T

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This happened shortly after this post: http://d4rke57mund.tumblr.com/post/54151497545/what-part-of-medieval-fantasy-role-playing-game

Dungeon Masters against ridiculous battle bikinis unite!

We have nothing to lose but the ridiculous battle bikinis!

- wincenworks

psdo:

at risk of someone getting off on this for real, today I went on a bit of an underboob crusade and drew this :P

This is crusade I can get behind!
- wincenworks
Re: last post
~Ozzie

psdo:

at risk of someone getting off on this for real, today I went on a bit of an underboob crusade and drew this :P

This is crusade I can get behind!

- wincenworks

Re: last post

~Ozzie

Now that the Kickstarter period has expired and there is no chance of this raising awareness and inadvertently assisting them in reaching their goal. Let’s discuss the horrific monstrosity that is the Axe Princess Kickstarter.

When I first came across this project, I commented that I felt like it had been designed to troll Ozzie. The truth is, it’s much worse than that.  In fact it’s only redeeming quality is that it showcases that trying to use sex to sell can’t redeem a horrible product’s lack of appeal.

Thanks to the Internet, depending on what characters and genres you like - it may actually be easier to find erotic themed content for them than it is to find regular content. Creating a game about boobs with an axe that has imitation of game play I can get from an old school console emulator is just ridiculous. And they do want to compete - directly.

You can't even bother to type out their names...

Not only are the game play ideas from somewhere between 1987 and 1993, but so are most of the content ideas. Well, from the bargain bin from between 1987 and 1993.

Despite their list of “every popular game I remember” as inspiration, the closest franchise Ozzie and I could find to this game is Macho Women With Guns (1988).  A game that was deliberately offensive and terrible even in it’s own time.

Somehow this game appears to have dodged a Female Armor Bingo simply by having the right combination of absurdity and lack of ambition.

Had they thrown some cameltoe and a thigh highs in there they’d get a double bingo! The lack of ambition is truly disheartening.  Or they could even just have used one of the generic enemy sprites!

Bouncy bouncy

HOWEVER! Despite there being almost no updates or attempts to market this beyond asking everyone to spread the word around - the core description and the comments make this almost eligible for a Rhetoric Edition Bingo! IMPRESSIVE!

So impressive that some supporters urged them to remain true to their vision and not be “bullied”.  And what a clear vision it is:

See! An artist’s vision cannot by swayed by concerns about doing the right thing, sensitivity to your fellow human beings, challenging oneself to improve on the status quo or expanding your artistic horizons.  BUT it can be purchased for just under $10,000! A BARGAIN!

Still too expensive for you? Maybe they’ll just put it up for a vote if you offer them $50!

So what are you gonna make? I dunno.

But none of this is nearly as impressive as Remy herself - according to her bio she’s the greatest fighter, the smartest thinker and the most moral person her “vast tribe” she was adopted into. And the team has done a fantastic job of displaying every single one of those traits and showing what a fascinating and complex character she is!

Strange then that she’s decided to leave her (creatively named “berserker” with a small B) tribe and become a bounty hunter who runs around in a painful outfit that provides no protection as she travels through icy mountains and even into volcano territory!

- wincenworks

First time wincenworks linked me this Kickstarter, I KNEW that the quote below, inspired by Macho Women With Guns, will roughly fit this game’s premise just as well:

fabulousworkinprogress:

"DUDE, YOU’RE SO EDGY AND POLITICALLY INCORRECT. IT’S TOTALLY IRONIC AND SATIRICAL HOW YOU REGURGITATED THOSE ANCIENT AND THREADBARE STEREOTYPES. IT REMINDS ME OF MY GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDPA, CRACKER VON PATRIARCH, WHO ALSO CHALLENGED THE STATUS QUO BY EMBRACING IT WITH LOVING TENDERNESS."

After further acquainting myself with this project, I’m absolutely sure its creators are a bunch of children with a single skill of animating unconvincing 8-bit boob physics (and, gotta admit, tasteful color palette choices).

Their ideas, priorities, grammar and understanding of economics are nowhere beyond the level of a middleschooler.

This thing is done by kids and no-one can convince me otherwise.

~Ozzie

PS: boobsdontworkthatway you might be interested in this game’s jiggle physics, the first gif in particular.

fuckyeahsuperheroines:

by Joe Phillips

oh, look this is what actual male objectification looks like

looks familiar huh?

If sex sells why aren’t these all spin-offs marketed to folks who are attracted to men?

It is a mystery.

- wincenworks

What are you talking about? Clearly men are sexualized too, It’s totally not like we need to turn female characters into guys to have a little bit of taste of male objectification! </sarcasm>

~Ozzie