[Editor's note - A contact at G4 confirmed that the top ten shown above are actually being submitted as nominees to be a new G4 host. Winning this contest does not guarantee that the winner actually gets a job at G4, so it looks like all ten ladies above still have a chance. Thanks to G4 for clearing that up!]
You may remember mention of the G4 hunt for a new female host (or "Gamer Girl", as they called it) recently, bringing many a hopeful out of the woodwork and double the amount of overdone MySpace pictures to accompany them. It seems a winner has been announced, 18 year old bunnyXablaze, who has been gaming since age 4 and apparently enjoys putting game-related items in her mouth.
Of course, several good friends of Destructoid were in the running for this contest as well, so I'm sorry not to see them as winners, but I'm sure bunnyXablaze will do a fine job. She's attractive, which sadly was the major underlying motive in this contest anyway. It seems the competition ruffled quite a few feathers with its style, seemingly pitting girls up against one another in a fashion that seemed cheap to gamers.
The theme of women in gaming provides quite a conundrum for young females, in my opinion. Many of the games we play are littered with images of barely-clad women with huge breasts and skintight clothing. If we present ourselves in such a fashion, we are quickly labelled "whores," but men continue to wallpaper their bedrooms with posters of those women and idolize them openly. I can't support or criticize the girls in this contest who are guilty of that (and not all of them are.) It's a major societal pressure to appear sexy, and not just in videogames.
Did this contest bother you? If so, why?
[Via Gaming Today - thanks Justin]