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Posted 12 September 2011 - 09:26 PM
Posted 12 September 2011 - 09:48 PM
My team and I are creating a beat 'em up title (like Streets of Rage, not a fighting game like Street Fighter), but right now I am having some creative differences with one of my developers. As the lead designer, I created a female boss that would play a pivotal role in the story. This character is a narcissistic, sadistic and megalomaniacal so I gave her a sexy appearance to match the personality. This personality fits in with the gameplay as the character is very powerful and almost invulnerable unless you find her weakness, after which her attack patterns change as she's freaking out.
However, one of my developer is worried that by adding a sexy character, we will be catering to the teenage male audience but alienating the female market. Also, having a female enemy getting beaten up by male characters (there are playable females as well) may be seen as offensive to some people. Since this game is aimed to be a commercial product, my developer is worried that alienating a small market may hurt potential sales. I know that Capcom was worried about this with their beat 'em up Final Fight, so they censored their character Poison by either replacing it with a male gang member or calling her a transvestite. However, Sega had female enemies in Streets of Rage and nobody seemed to care.
Do you think it is inappropriate to have a female enemy in a beat 'em up? Do you feel it's sexist to have a sexy female character even if it's meant to fit with a specific archetype? Even if it's offensive, will it really hurt sales?
Unfortunately I have no pictures at the moment since my artist has all our concept art.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 10:32 PM
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:48 AM
Omae Wa Mou Shindeiru
Posted 13 September 2011 - 01:25 PM
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Posted 14 September 2011 - 01:29 AM
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Posted 14 September 2011 - 01:58 PM
"Why is it that people only worry about offending the females?
For what it's worth, in my post above I basically "yes it's sexist against men, but likely nobody will actually get offended anyway".
Anyway, does every thread on the topic have to get derailed like that? Go post on the lounge if you're uspet about feminists.
Posted 14 September 2011 - 02:03 PM
Posted 14 September 2011 - 04:46 PM
They're not things nobody else notices. They're talked about to death every single time the topic comes up. It's boring. I think the OP brings up an interesting topic if one has the energy to really get into it. You bring up a different topic. There's a button for that, and it's not "reply".
Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:40 AM
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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:00 AM
Just remember the results in a survey won't correspond to what people actually do.
Do a survey. Ask girls or women about how they would like to see a female superhero portrayed as, ranging from personality as well as attire. You'll find that most of them will say that a female superhero would not run around with a sword (or gun), wearing nothing but a bikini.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 05:42 AM
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