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Elsa avatar 6:25 PM on 09.19.2011
Kittens??? NSFW



So... according to this the new code word for pics of half naked ladies is going to be kittens? My, how original. The question asked was would we like to see more "kittens" on Destructoid.

My short answer is "no".

I remember when I first came to Destructoid some years ago. At that time there was a propensity for using header images of partially clothed women on many of the front page stories. The half naked women had absolutely nothing to do with the story - but there they were. Today we're more inclined to find random pictures of puppies, kittens or crudely drawn photoshops that looked like a 5 year old was let loose with MSPaint - but it's still better than the plethora of half naked women.

I personally have no problem with half naked women, I often am one - but I do have a problem with seeing half naked women on a video game site.

1. When I first joined Dtoid, I tried to encourage some of my friends to follow. A few did, but I often got feedback from the women that "it's a guy's site". They felt more comfortable moving over to one of the more general sites, or alternatively to some of the sites that specialized in "girl gamers". They didn't like the half naked gals on many of the headers and the "guy's locker room" feel to the site with the boner and fap jokes. I had hoped that there would be a time when there wouldn't need to be "guy gamer" and "girl gamer" sites, and I thought that time had arrived... but if Dtoid goes back to pandering to the majority audience of males, then I think it's a backward step. Gaming sites should be about gaming. They needn't feature pictures of half naked women to entice males (good writing should do that). If there absolutely must be pictures of half naked women, then equal time should be given to pics of attractive half naked men (code word "puppies" I guess!)


random half naked gamer girl picture!

2. Many of the complaints about the half naked women headers were actually from men. When anybody (male or female) is cruising a gaming site in a public space or from work, they shouldn't have to have one finger on the "close application" button in case they are caught. There shouldn't be confusion over whether they are viewing a gaming site or a porn site. They shouldn't have to make explanations to the wife, girlfriend or in some cases, boyfriend.

3. It's been a long time since I got asked what I was wearing while playing an online game. It's been a while since I got a penis picture sent to me over PSN, or got those wonderful "pic??" or "u got a cam?" messages. I almost miss them... but not enough to go back in time those few short years. A few years ago, the well known girls in gaming were generally those "wanna be models" that went to gaming sites and posted provocative pictures of themselves to gain popularity and possibly get their big break in the modeling/spokemodel industry. There used to be all kinds of "top 10 girl gamer" lists... and all were entirely based on pictures, and not at all on their gaming abilities. There was even the ill-fated "Miss Video Game" competition... again, based entirely on submitted pictures though they did include a gaming competition at one point (after people had voted on their pictures). The standard welcome for a female on most any video game forum was the quintessential "Tits or GTFO".
Times have changed. They've changed for the better. No one doubts that I'm actually a female who *gasp* likes to play video games. Being a female in an online game is no longer a big deal and the majority of PSN notes I currently get are usually complimenting me on my strategy and team based gameplay, or alternatively calling me a dickhead or a bitch for teamkilling them (it was an accident... honest!).
In short, we do NOT need to go back to a time where the perception of girl gamers is that we are all gaming in our Victoria's Secret underwear and will send you free topless pics of ourselves (because of course, we all want to be models).



4. In line with the above, we also do not need to go back to a time where the perception of male gamers is that they are all zit-faced horny teenagers who've never touched a real boob. Male gamers are married, they're parents, they're gay. Most of them have actually touched a real boob, and most also know how to type "xxx" into google and find real porn - free porn.

5. The sex industry wants the video game industry... but the video game industry doesn't need the sex industry. Porn is big dollars. It's everywhere. You can watch half naked porn stars play actual video games (credit cards required!)... or for your hard earned dollars you can even have a "playdate" and play an actual video game with a real live girl over at Gamecrush. They want your money... money that could be going to buying games or paying for that lapsed Xbox gold membership. The video game industry doesn't need porn... but porn wants to entice your dollar out of your wallet by appealing to your hobby... video games. Let's just keep them separate.

As a final thought... who the hell is Jo Garcia? I honestly don't know... but in reality, I also don't care. All I'll say is that her "exclusive" high resolution wall paper... how original. I bet nobody has ever thought of combining a half naked chick with video game consoles or controllers before.



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