Let’s Sexually Exploit Video Game Heroes: It’s Only Fair
What would happen if our video game heroes were depicted more like our video game heroines?
It would be gay and enticing, practicality aside. This cross-gender sensation made quite the splash across the internet when he made his debut, thanks to Ulysses0302 on DeviantArt: the pied-à-terre to any sexually explorative adolescent.
This 3D rendering delves into deeper issues than just showing us what a male Laura Croft would look like. We already have that. His name is Nathan Drake and he holds a special place in my heart.
The hyper-sexualization of women in video games is nothing new, when they’re being represented at all. In over 150 titles that I personally own, five have predesigned female protagonists, and only nine others allow for the player to choose between the sexes. That’s less than 10% even allowing for the option to play as a female character.
We’ve now become so desensitized to seeing women presented in this manner that we don’t even blink when we see an ad featuring the anatomically impossible proportions of video game breasts.
I’m ready for the tables to be turned. I want strong, female protagonists. I’m pretty sure we’ve completely exhausted the damsel in distress tropes.
Until that time, I demand more 3D renderings of heroes depicted as heroines, and vice-versa. Let’s see how Nathan Drake, Cloud Strife, and Mario would look.
It’s only fair…