Saturday T&A Is Back …

It has been a while since I have done any sort of T&A, eye candy, or similar articles, so why not get things rolling straight away.

The “cheeky” surfer, or as the subtitle says, “pro wave rider” Alana Blanchard is a beautiful young lady, so she keeps top billing in today’s triumphant return of eye candy, Recycle Bin style.

Beautiful? Yes, but Ms. Blanchard just offers a distracting bridge to today brilliant EuroGamer article, “Why Can’t Games Do Sex?

That’s a point. Sex is the most natural thing in the world, and the reason you’re here. Both literally, and because you were interested enough to click through. But we don’t talk about it in videogames, or often in real life, in anything but the most generalised and softened terms.

I don’t want more sex in games. But I think the whole way we consider the topic is wrong: in mainstream games, at least, sex more often than not means clumsily-animated dolls at the end of a subplot in the mission structure. That circumstance will only change with a breakthrough.

My wife and I closely monitor our boys’ (13, 9, and 5) exposure to various media. In fact, while most of what I write is PG-13 at best, I have to think twice because my 13 year-old will start posting occasionally. This article will surely cause a snicker or two.

Depending on which boy sees/hears what, there is mass chaos when it comes to boobies, the “a” word as they call it, as in ass, or jackass, or any other manner of items considered “inappropriate” or off the table.

We are actually pretty relaxed about this stuff; parental guidance is the norm, but we are hardly uptight. For example, my five year-old received Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom for his birthday last month. Mostly because he is really into superheroes and Hawkeye is a favorite. There was glorious rejoicing and giggles when the boys saw “partial nudity” on the back of the box in the ratings section.

Of course in this context, partial nudity means cleavage. Seriously. America is so tight about breasts and nudity that animation that shows some skin, and really nothing more outrageous, is deemed worthy of being flagged.

Me? I say hooray for boobies!

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4 thoughts on “Saturday T&A Is Back …”

  1. I think the Uncanny Alley factor is big in video game depictions of sex. The only ones I recall playing are God of War and GoW3 but it’s pretty cheesy there.

    It doesn’t have to be realistic. Obviously a lot of erotica is based on cartoons and stylized art.

    I never tried those Dead or Alive beach volleyball games for the Xbox and I could never get the adoration that the original Tomb Raider got from adolescent boys.

    I think the original PSX tried to feature some female characters as their mascot rival to Mario, like from Battle Arena Toshinden or some other early PSX game.

    But erotic? There’s too much porn out there for people to bother with video games depicting sex.

  2. Who could forget BAT – what a classic game at the time. :)

    My comments were more in line with parental guidance. If there was more of it, maybe, just maybe, mainstream game developers and publishers would not be so afraid to make games with adult content and themes.

    Why is it OK to show someone’s head getting blown off – real or Hollywood style – but not OK to have videogames show boobies? Why is it OK for movies to have sex, well portrayed or not, but it is not OK for videogames to do the same?

    I’m not saying that sex should be overused; no more so than in a movie. Could you imagine that a developer turn the classic Sci-Fi T&A flick Species into a game? There would be outrage for the violence and nudity, but it was OK in movie form.

    As a parent, I wouldn’t allow my kids to play or what this type of game, but I would certainly want to play because (A) I like Sci-Fi, (B) the movie was good for what it was, i.e. a T&A Sci-Fi romp, (C) I do like boobies, (D) I like playing video games.

    The government would step in; cry outrageous … and so on and so forth.

    It is time for the video game industry to grow up.

  3. Actually I think you can make the same criticism about movies and TV.

    Violence is more tolerated than a lot of sexuality. Getting an R rating hurts the box-office potential of a movie but a PG-13 movie can have cartoon violence.

    And TV will show violence but not nudity except on cable.

  4. Valid point about movies and TV when it comes to sexuality. I honestly don’t watch much TV, and when I do, it is almost never the free variety. My TV time is filled with sports, racing, discovery channel and the line … almost never drama type stuff.

    Still … to your last point, I agree and said the same in my comments above. I think America’s violence sensitivity chip has been almost completely removed, but we are on high alert the first time a boob pops up on the screen …

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