We’ll start this week with a couple of humorous things. First, we would like to share some search terms people have been using to find this blog using the WordPress bulleted list function:
- ninja gaiden 3 where rachel and ryu has[sic] sex
- ninja gaiden sonia sex ryu
- ninja gaiden sex
- ninja gaiden rachel sex
In conclusion, if you want some cheap hits on your blog, then just type up a few words about a buxom video game female and let the floodgates of erotic fanart connoisseurs open.
The second thing we would like to direct your attention to is this trailer for Dead or Alive 5 introducing a new character named Rig. He’s a Canadian tae kwon do practitioner, but that doesn’t matter when his trailer is this hilarious:
The first fight is a typically melodramatic scuffle between Rig and the assassin Christie. The second fight is a much better one between Rig and former pro wrestling champion Bass. It’s much better because the fight is caused by Rig pointing out the impracticality of having a motorcycle on an oil rig, to which Bass responds, “Now apologize for insulting my baby!” Bass then proceeds to hit Rig with his stomach. Simply outstanding. Words cannot describe how happy writing like this makes us.
Now on to more exciting things, like Lollipop Chainsaw and why it’s not a sexist throw-away. We were heartened yesterday to read the excellent Talking to Women about Videogames editorial by Jonathan Holmes on Destructoid. Although he kind of stole our thunder with some of his points, it’s excellent to see someone with as loud of a megaphone as his talk about this subject as well!
ANYWAYS, let’s start by talking about the camera in this game. It is a fairly average camera for a third person action game and shares a lot of the issues that are common with the camera in this genre such as jumping around, moving to fast or slow, or getting stuck behind walls and other geometry in the game world. We’re not worried about that though…it comes with the territory of a third person action game.
What we’re interested in is what the game will not allow you to do with it, which is check Juliet out. If you’ll remember back to our post about Rachel in Ninja Gaiden Sigma, you can do some Real Pervy Shit with the camera in that game. Observe:
Here’s some text from my original post:
Did you wonder at her jiggling bosom? Did you witness her ass, partially revealed? Did you marvel at how you can change her hair cut and color to suit your tastes? This is what people are complaining about when they say that women are objectified in video games.
Be aware that this is not an uncommon ability for the camera in a game of this nature. We’re not ashamed to admit that a small portion of our 8th grade video game career was spent manipulating the camera to look at Lara Croft’s polygonal physique from all angles. This is a Long Standing Issue for video games, and while it isn’t necessarily the Source Of All Evil that some people would have you believe, it maybe should not be something you can simply expect from a third person game with a female lead.
This all brings us to the camera in Lollipop Chainsaw, a game in which you’re simply not allowed to look at the private areas of your character. A couple of things:
- The camera is fairly zoomed out to give you a decent view of the action going on in the game and it doesn’t zoom in as aggressively if you stick the camera between Juliet and a wall and have her run at the wall. See the Rachel video above for an example of this.
- If you try to look up Juliet’s skirt she actually covers herself up and looks embarrassed. See here:
An achievement, cleverly called “I Swear! I Did It By Mistake!,” can be unlocked by doing this. This ensures that for a gamer who is interested in unlocking all of the game’s achievements, Juliet will inevitably make you feel like a pig at some point.
This is also the only instance we can remember where the player character actually seems to have some agency over what the player does rather than the other way around. It lends a level of realism and empathy to Juliet in a way that you just don’t see in other games.
In the intro for the game, the first thing Juliet says is this:
Welcome to my bedroom. Don’t think me letting you in here is an invitation for any funny stuff. Not that I have a problem with funny stuff. Especially not if you really like the person.
Clearly, Juliet does not really like you, and this camera business is an excellent example of the in-game mechanics supporting what the character does during cut scenes. Juliet is completely devoted to Nick, her boyfriend, and if the player were able to look up her skirt (with her boyfriends head right there on her hip!) it would be, in a word, weird. As a result, the developer’s took great pains to see to it that Juliet sticks to what she says and doesn’t let the player engage in any Funny Stuff.
Our word count is getting high! We’ll hang up our typing pants for now, but prepare for more later in the week!