I planned on writing this article ever since I published this one with TheRichest. This isn't a topic you'll be surprised to find on a magazine such as Gumption, and even less coming from me (since I already wrote about Anita Sarkeesian and the fact she's awesome and defending female image in video gaming). The problem with how women are pictured in this industry (hopefully it tends to change) is that they're objects meant to please the male protagonist and the male player. Having a personality is irrelevant when you have triple G's titties, after all.
This said, as I was writing the article aforementioned for TheRichest, I thought it would be a good idea to start from it to deliver a small top 5 video games that treat women like sex toys to you guys. So here it comes...
5) Grand Theft Auto -The Series
As much as I enjoy playing Grand Theft Auto (mostly the third one), I'm always so surprised and shocked at how much the game hates on women. And it seems to get worse with each new game. As I mentioned before, I grew up with games and I'm not against an occasional stripper or empty-headed blonde bimbo. However, when all you can serve in terms of female characters in a game is strippers and bimbos, we might have an issue.
But the problem is not necessarily the representation of women in Grand Theft Auto; it's the violence! The easiest thing to do in this series is to get a hooker, have sex with her and then kill her to get your money back and then some. That's pretty fucked up, let's admit it. Here's a video that'll show exactly what I just explained :
4) 7 Sins - Debauchery Simulator
That's an old game. 7 Sins was known for its terrible sex scenes, as Gamesradar qualified them. The game revolves around the seven biblical sins, and it's separated in seven chapters corresponding with the said sins. The player is a male whom I cannot find the name of, and he must make choices depending on the situations, according the the deadly sins. Whatever the sin is, it seems that the answer is pretty much found in different female NPC who are dumber than a broom.
The problem with this game is how easy it pictures women are to get. In fact, no female ever should be something you receive as a prize, but the video gaming industry made this a popular belief : when you do the right (or the wrong thing, it depends on the game), you get the hot, soulless, girl with huge boobs. Because why not?
This, sadly, contributes to the popular myth of male sexual entitlement and rape culture. Because wither she wants or not to please me sexually, I am entitled to get the girl I want at the end of the journey. Right?
Here's some footage of 7 Sins that'll prove my point :
3) God of War - the series
Critically acclaimed quite a few times, the series God of War is seriously great. It dwells in Greek mythology in a wonderful way and most of the games are plain awesome. Except when it comes to females...
That's only one of the sex scenes you find in the game, actually. It seems all women are all over Kratos, who keeps treating them like little shits. The problems we have in God of War is not only the over-sexualized representation of women (in fact, it's their only purpose), it's also the violence you put them through that is, sometimes, just way too much...
Start watching at 10:30. You'll understand what I'm writing about.
Not only is the princess used as an accessory, she gets ripped apart so Kratos can hold a door open. I mean... It's hard to beat when it comes to using women as an object devoid of any kind of worth.
2) Soul Calibur - the series
Once again, a great game! Soul Calibur is an amazing fighting game with even a narrative mode that is awesome. The goal of each and single characters is to find Soul Edge, a soul-embed sword of Evil, and use it as their own. So far, the game seems quite swell. And it is. Until you play with or against a female character. Such as Ivy.
She's an awesome warrior, so is Sophitia, but the main reason why they're on the game, and we must admit it, is for her boobies to bounce around as she's being beaten up or beating you up. Not only are Ivy's breasts so huge it's hypnotizing, she's also wearing, basically, nothing. Here's a short footage that'll prove, again, my points :
1) Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball
The Dead or Alive series was, originally, a fighting game. However, when the volleyball version of it came out in 2003, it took a different -and much more sexual- turn. I kind of enjoy good games, even if they're nasty to women, usually. But not this. The game is basically meant to quench the thirst of male players who crave animated bouncing tits while customizing the few millimeters of cloth the girls wear.
The physics of the boob-movement is pretty accurate. More than anything else in the game in fact. You can see what was the priority pretty quickly, as the let's-player says it.
So what's bad about games like this? Well, they teach boys a female's worth is her body, and girls get the exact same message. And let's admit it, in our society, that's a pretty popular message.
Happily, video games tend to get better and make female characters a lot better and a lot stronger with great personalities. They're worth so much more than their bodies and it makes me feel great when I play games in which girls are awesome and brings something to the story that's more than an eye-candy.