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Author: DopSillypant

Tera - Overly Sexualized?

Posted by DopSillypant Friday March 23 2012 at 12:47PM
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The release of Tera is right around the corner, and one of the most discussed issues surrounding Tera has been the sexualized nature of the player models and clothing. One of the greatest risks to Tera is rejection by the North American gaming community due to this subject matter.

North Americans take pride in enlightenment of sexual equality, demeaning acts or speech towards women can result in the loss of money, respect, and employment. When players were exposed to the highly sexualized female clothing designs in Tera, disgust and ridicule poured out in protest against depicting women in such ways. “The armors do not cover enough to be protective,” we said. “Fighting in high heels and lingerie is impractical,” we said. “The women’s figures were impossible,” we said.

Yet for all of this touting of equality, women in North America still make less money than men, still sit at lower levels of the corporate ladder, and are expected to tend to their appearance and figure much more than men are.

The real problem here is not Tera’s depiction of women. The real problem is our delusional sense of sexual equality; Tera smacks us in the face with an overstated, hyperbolic representation of our real sexual dimorphism, and we, believing ourselves to be well past that, are stunned that we are not.

Ergload writes:

I agree that the North American MMO market is turning away from the skimpy armor depiction of females. Iron Realms had some concept artwork of a Siren drawn up but players complained it was too skimpy so they had another done

http://www.ironrealms.com/image/siren-of-achaea <-skimpy

http://www.ironrealms.com/image/siren-apostate-of-achaea <-not

Fri Mar 23 2012 1:33PM Report
Khole writes:

All the males have 6 packs and V shaped bodies. Its sexual equality. Males are just as sexually objectified as women are.

Fri Mar 23 2012 7:02PM Report
Olgark writes:

I am from the UK and to me I see it as art. The game is visualy stunning but I don't complain that the armours are over sexualized. I honestly can't see a problem with them as its a high fantasy game. If it was based on real life events such as the 100 year war , or a dark fantasy setting like Dragon Age I can understand

In real life no one can look like the characters in Tera unless they go to the gym each day for a 3 hour work out and eat the correct food at all times. Same can be said for SWTOR figures or any other MMO/ computer game.

I am getting the impression that the Americans are a bunch of prudish people who think looking feminine  is a sign that they are not equal in things. You don't have to look like men to be equal this is what alot of women don't seem to understand. 99% of the problem lies with the men themselves, and they are just to ignorant to change their ways.

 

I know people in my life that enjoy watching executions that are on the internet and real life road accidents. I consider them to be slightly sick and need help. I would rather watch a scantily clad female warrior dish out swords of death in a video game than watch that stuff in real life.

 

Sat Mar 24 2012 3:02AM Report

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