ORIGINAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbqRtp5ZUGE
There's an argument going around centered on the question, Do woman in video games lack body diversity?
this is a response to a video from Anita Sarkesian on her YouTube channel feministfrequency. The link to the original video will be down below.
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Since the video game industry first started back in the day. Majority of the people interested in video games whether it be the players or the creators have mostly been men. Actually a large portion of our content reflects that with the military style shooters, and sci-fi titles filled with death, doom and destruction. Ninjas, Aliens, warfare and Boobs! Nearly all of our content oozes testosterone, But what are the factors that actually shape a character? Whether they be male or female what are the factors that make them who they really are?
With the main question being about the physical appearance of women in video games my counter argument actually deals the theory that the way women look in video games actually have a lot to do who they are and what they do. I actually don't think that the character designs are purely based on adding sexy to the games. At least not for the majority of games.
Since there is a huge library of male influenced titles out there I think that it only makes since to focus on what a lot of those titles have in common. The bulk of male titles are all heavily focused on Combat, battle and fight something or some sort of enemy. So if you want to say that the women depicted in these titles don't reflect the different body types of of the "Average Women" it's easy to say that the reason behind this is because the situation simply doesn't call for it.
The main male characters represent a fantasy of what we men fantasize about being. often times Strong, Muscular, fearless warrior types. So I thin that it's arguable to say that the women have there equivalent to that in the way that they are depicted in video games as beautiful, strong and capable women. I think that different body types are fine in these situations as long as it makes sense. I think the closest thing we have to these different female warriors that we have in real life are the women that participate in the Olympics, And majority of them are slender attractive looking women
In the future I think maybe being a bit more creative with the types of games that are created could change this norm of the lack of body types in video games. But in order to do that we will need more women creating games. Because I think that as long as men are making games we are going to keep making Super Soldier Ninja Sci-fi shoot em ups with super fit olypic athlete looking characters. So if you are a woman watching this and you feel under represented in video games I urge you to maybe try looking into creating games yourself and being the change you want to see. We need more diversity in the gaming industry and you can take the first step.