I understand the sexualization of women in games, but really? I laughed so hard when I saw this. But then I remembered I was supposed to be playing a serious RPG. Then the game kept pummeling we with zoomed in shots of her backside and her crazy unrealistic breasts. I love the great looking ladies of games as much as anyone, but quickly I started to feel uncomfortable. Soon after that I felt a bit disturbed about the whole thing... I'm trying to enjoy an RPG here damn'it!
I can't even begin to understand. For those that are unaware of who the above "lady" is, it is Kaine from "Nier". I recently started playing the game, (about 5 hours in) and my brain sort of explodes in confusion and disbelief every time I see this woman and her ridiculous get up. I'm not very far into the game yet, so maybe more is revealed why this dual sword wielding fighter is wearing the most ridiculous lingerie 24/7, but I'm not seeing any motive so far other than an extreme case of sexualization of women in games.
Think that photo is pretty tame? That's just the start of her get-up. Click the pics below to see more of her "outfit" (NSFW)
Ok, just look at the top of this outfit. WTF IS THIS. First off, and most glaringly, I am wondering where her nipples are. Yes, the top of her "shirt" has triangle cutouts under her breasts, and yes, that is her breasts showing... yet no nipples? The thin fabric also appears to be tied with thin thread at the top in nothing more than a dainty bow. I can't even go on...
The back of her outfit is even more facepalm. To say the least, her entire ass is visible. The area going down her crack is nothing more than some shoe lace loosely tied together. Her entire butt is basically visible every time she turns, and the game just loves to have shots where the camera zooms in on her ass. Just wow.
Yea.... I got no words for that.
What were the Nier developers thinking with her?! Like I said, maybe events happen in the game that better explain this ridiculous outfit, but so far I'm just seeing it all being done to sex her up in the most extreme way possible. I've talked about the sexualization of women in games briefly in one of my previous blogs, about love and creating false conceptions of what real women were like (My blog about How games warped my perception of Love), but in the end, I actually said we should keep fantasy women looking like fantasy women.
But this? I've never seen such a blatant and over the top case of sexualizing a woman in a game more than this. I look at this image and my brain tries to fathom how this outfit is even possible. It tries to make some sense of why this tough badass women is wearing such ridiculous... lingerie. My brain then gives up and I just laugh, but it's not in a good way. It's in a wow this is kind of uncomfortable so I'm just going to laugh it off way..
So just wanted to share this today and see what other CAG's think of Kaine, the most ridiculously and pointlessly sexed up woman in gaming history. I understand wanting to make women good looking in games, but this tries so hard it just comes off as a bit disturbing. Anyway, thanks for reading and looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments!