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Oversexualization of Female Characters in Fighting Games

It may seem odd to a few, but sexualization exists in fighting games, mainly because men dominate the industry. Research shows that only 18% of female characters are protagonists in games, which further signals that female characters are designed as props for the “male gaze.”

Some savvy marketers and gaming companies take advantage of it and persuade people to download their games by showcasing flashy female characters in their advertisements.

Soul Calibur, a game heavily criticized for its over-sexualization of female characters, is a prime example.

In the illustration above, you can clearly see that the female character’s costume reveals far more skin than the male character. While both characters have sculpted bodies, the male character isn’t perceived as sexually appealing, while the female character is perceived sexually. The arousing gesture and the big chest of the female character serve only one purpose. A “prop” for the male gaze.

If we take an omniscient view of the whole situation, we can see that male and female characters are perceived differently and judged differently. There are many fighting games like Final Fantasy and Dead or Alive that exploit the sexual drive. Companies that struggle to find a good storyline or make a good game turn to over-sexualization as their last resort.

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Note that, these big breast women characters are mostly in Japanese anime games, for example, Final Fantasy is a Japanese anthology science fiction franchise. Similarly, Dead or Alive is also a Japanese game. But the consumers of these games are all around the world. Having said that we can analyze these representations with the lens of Positionality.

First, is this representation of women in Japanese games are because of the reason that Japanese developers are obsessed with breasts? And second, are these representations because of the consumers of these games, basically West?

For the first point, I would say that Japanese are least interested people when it comes to breasts. In Japanese culture, you also find a distinct lack of…

Khubaib Riasat
Khubaib Riasat
Dec 15, 2021
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Instead of giving female characters a practical appearance, video games sexualize them, which has a negative impact on our children.

This encourages both men and women to have sexist attitudes.

In these video games, women's bodies are not respected, leading to men viewing them solely as sex objects.

According to a study based on human behaviour, sexual objectification of women is one of the leading causes of sexual harassment.

RDR 2 is a popular and well-received game made by the Grand Theft Auto designers that does not contain any sexual characters and has won over 175 Game Of The Year awards.

Sexualizing women in video games is not an encouraging conduct, and game producers must take stringent steps to eliminate…

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