June 21, 2015

I like cute girls but…

Posted in video games tagged , , , at 7:40 pm by riulyn

I just finished up the main story of Atelier Rorona Plus today. Since i haven’t played the other two in the trilogy, I am saving the next part for when I finish that, as the other two heroines are involved in the added part. Time to decide whether to buy Totori Plus or to play my brother’s copy of Totori for PS3.

Anyway, I loved so much of Atelier Rorona. Rorona being cute and oblivious was definitely part of it. Cute, oblivious, and somehow kicking all types of ass with her staff (for some reason her weapons were always way more kickass than the stuff I had for other characters, probably because I really didn’t give them as much love). Rorona wasn’t the only cute girl in the game, though. Cordelia and Lionela were quite precious as well. Too bad I didn’t finish either of their stories (could not find the ingredients necessary for Lionela’s in time, and didn’t go out enough with Cory). Sadly, two of the four guys were much older though I guess they could be seen as cute. But I’m talking both about cute character design as well as cute in personality, and Rorona is the queen of this in her game.

This type of cute is what I want more in games. Not a cute character that isn’t just there to be rescued or humiliated. And especially not a cute character that is just there to be sexualized. Some of the sexualization I have heard of in recent games borders on pedophilia since the girls look so young, and I’m not okay with pedophilia. My biggest problem is when sexualization of cute girls is integral to the game mechanic. Even if you can do things like turn off the stripping videos in a game like Ar tonelico Qoga, it’s still heavily integrated into the game mechanic. It’s especially disturbing to me when the stripping is not done entirely by will and the character you play encourages the girl to strip to be more effective in the game. Yes, I think I’ll never be okay with Ar tonelico Qoga because of this. But I feel like other games like Criminal Girls and Senran Kagura do stuff like this too? Maybe not quite ATQ in “exposing skin makes song magic more powerful” but as generally part of the action (reward or punishment)? I haven’t played either so don’t quote me on that.

Do Atelier games have to be my only real option for a game featuring cute girls as main characters with a deep RPG feel? Do I have to otherwise find my fix in games like Harvest Moon, Rune Factory, Pokemon? I’m all for the increase in female leads recently in games, but JRPGs are still really the only place for serious games with cute leads and the bias there is still really strong towards “cute” males… What a shame. There’s got to be other people like me out there, right? Gamers who want to play cute girl leads in serious RPGs without them being sexualized.

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1 Comment »

  1. Canned Mikan said,

    “Gamers who want to play cute girl leads in serious RPGs without them being sexualized.”

    This is /exactly/ why the Atelier PS3 series, both the Arland and the Dusk series, have completely and utterly stolen away my heart. All of them are fantastic and I firmly believe they only get better from Rorona onwards.


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