Ah yes, the age old debate that comes with almost every fantasy setting and I’ve decided to jump head first into this one. Now, I’ve already covered my thoughts on interaction between the sexes in WoW in a previous post, so I won’t go too much into that. However, I will speak today upon the imagery of sex in the game as it is today and my thoughts on it (are you really surprised?). So buckle up everyone, cause Dueg’s bringing sexy back today!
Now, of course, one must remember that fantasy has long been thought of as the domain of nerds and loser guys everywhere, meant to give them the life they can never lead. Part of that life will probably include having a hot babe to fight our dragons and make our sandwiches for us, and who can blame them? It is fantasy after all, and since sex is a part of the human nature, it’s only right that it be part of our fantasies as well. But does the genre take it too far at times?
If you look at it from a practical point of view, it is incredibly ridiculous for female warriors wearing full plate armor to expose their midriffs. Don’t they know that monsters have pointy things? And what’s the point of armor that leaves such a huge swathe of your body unprotected? And don’t even get me started on the full metal panties that apparently women love to wear. Yeah, like that doesn’t chafe. I mean, honestly, don’t you think they’d put some breeches on over those for modesty’s sake at least? Please ladies, there are children present. Not to mention, I can’t imagine how terrible it must be to put on ice cold underwear every morning… my god, the horror.
Not to mention that you ladies can’t seem to put on any chest piece in the game without the top half of it suddenly disappearing in order to reveal your sweater puppies. I mean, cleavage is great, hell’s bells, I thrive on it. But when I’m raiding, I prefer to keep an eye on health totals and not ol’ Tits McGee over there swinging her jubblies left and right. Honestly, some of these pieces look like little more than a bra and I’m just a man, I have my weaknesses, and you, Blizzard have exploited them. Well played.
But all joking aside and beyond the practicality of metal undies, these sort of things are meant to obviously play up to men and give them something to drool about when they’re looking at the game screen. But it seems like it’s totally tilted in men’s favor when you look at all the examples of “sexiness” in the game. For example, when looking at the horde races you can see that they’ve gone out of their way to make the females of the orcs and trolls a little more attractive in the face. Male trolls especially have huge, honking noses, ears out to infinity and tusks like you wouldn’t believe. Female trolls on the other hand would only require about two or three shots of tequila before I start thinking, “hmm, maybe getting gored tonight wouldn’t be so bad…”
There’s also the idea some women may actually enjoy this sort of attention even if it is only virtual. It becomes very easy to connect with our characters and when you feel like you have a sexy character, you yourself feel a little sexy as well. Though you may not wander around in armored chaps in real life, it’s ok to do that and show off your assets in the game world, attracting attention from male gamers. It’s human nature to want attention, and getting it by having a virtual avatar look a little sexier is not really such a bad thing after all. Though you may connect with the character, it’s not actually you, making it easier to wear or say things that normally are not in line with your day to day personality.
But as I’ve said, this is heavily tilted towards men. There’s no such thing as midriff armor for dudes, showing off rock hard abs or anything like that. We don’t get to wear banana hammock chaps so the ladies can judge the goods before they decide to purchase. Not to mention that the idea of what women find sexy is about as varied as women are themselves, making it a little more difficult to determine how we can give them a show. But don’t women deserve some sort of eye candy as well? Shouldn’t they occasionally see something that gets their motor revving like we do at almost every turn? Don’t worry ladies, for Dueg has you covered. Here’s a little something to get you through those lonely nights: