[CENTER] "Vile scourge! ... ooh, I like it when you talk dirty to me."
"Victory awaits! Let me just get my pants off."
"FORGE ONWARD! (grunt) almost there! Oh yes! I'M COMING!" (well, I guess he already says that)
This might make a pretty good legendary skin. (Bedroom Battle Garen. Riot, I call royalties.)
But what if like half the male champs randomly hit on you or talked about *** in their voicework?
What if their art, also, seemed geared toward sexiness rather than showing something about their personalities?
Maybe one or two you could lol about, but what if like half of male champions flirted with you and sexyposed?
That's kind of what this is about. [/CENTER]
This is a short video from The Escapist arguing that (1) boob-loving gamers should try to mute their knee-jerk "omg omg feminazis here to take our boobs" reactions (2) the problem isn't sexiness at all, it's the now almost unconscious tendency in the game design field to drown out every element of a character except her sexiness.
The Escapist -- "Gender Games"
The video offers a concrete example: sexysexysexy-and-nothing-but female character poses.
Here's another example, in photo form:
And here's another:
Doesn't this seem bizarre? Not that they're hot, but that they seem to be in the middle of a sexy photo shoot? Imagine if everything were like this. If you're getting turned on by it, it doesn't necessarily stand out (that's what she said?). But to other people, it's weird, and actually gets to be kind of off-putting. "Hey, look, Thor's awesome, he wouldn't be doing that. Stop it!" It might come across as an attack on your favorite characters.
As for LoL, I would point to Morgana, Kayle, Janna, Orianna, and Tristana as characters whose sexiness doesn't totally overwhelm the rest of them. Janna has that stupid phonesex joke, which (like I said in the other thread) comes off as unpleasantly like Jar Jar Binks: intensely stupid but hard to ignore. (Leona is another great female champion, by the way ... the above aren't the only examples! No offense meant, my Parrot Sovereign!)
But, even though I love Morgana and think she's one of the very best examples of a female LoL champ with a personality/theme other than "plz to have sexxx with me", I'll also use her as an example. Check her out in the awesome Season One CG trailer. She's a great character. Tons of personality comes through in those few clips. She's pissed off to the radical max. She's not going to forget about it. "You TOO will be JUDGED." omg omg
Concrete gripe: new Morgana profile (not splash) pic.
Pretend you didn't know anything about her. What do you know after looking at the pics?
OLD: Holy f___ is she mad. In a cold, bitter kind of way. Someone pissed her off a long time ago and she's still smoldering.
NEW: She's kind of smiling or something! She looks kinda shy with her hair covering one eye. I dunno. She's a girl? Maybe an elf or something? Probably magical.
In both versions (full versions), she's wearing the same skimpy top. That's not a problem in itself. (Some commenters seem to think I'm arguing that hot girls in skimpy clothes with big breasts is an abomination.) In the old version, there's something else going on. In the new version, the only obvious theme is that she's sexy.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE: WESTERN VERSUS CHINESE CAITLYN
I think what this drives home is that
THIS IS NOT ABOUT "SEXINESS BEING ANTIFEMINIST" OR ANYTHING SO STUPID.
Western Cait: Distinctive personality. She seems to have a perspective, rather than just being an object of attention like a posing model. She's here for business, and keeps her fuzzy cuffs at home, but she's still got a little sexy edge to her. Good work, Riot.
Chinese Cait: Obliviously cutesy. It's like they took the same Barbie girl recently featured wrapped in vines as Zyra and put a big purple hat on her instead.
Cait has the same body and the same clothes. But whereas Western Cait has a distinctive attitude and manifest (not hidden-in-lore) personality, that's all been drained out of Chinese Cait, who's been pumped full of sexycute instead. Which is doubly-stupid, because Western Cait arguably does a better job of being sexy anyway. It's just that she's also got something else going on, and playing her doesn't make you feel like you're playing a pin-up gimmick.
EDIT: Rewrote a comment below into a char-by-char review. Just my personal opinion, but maybe it helps explain what I'm talking about.