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Jimquisition: Objectification And ... Men?  photo
Jimquisition: Objectification And ... Men?
by Jim Sterling

A common argument in the ongoing debate over gender and videogames is that women and men both are equally objectified. Is that really true?

As always, Emperor God King Jim Sterling puts His holy foot down and delivers wisdom true to the masses. He totally isn't smug about it, either!

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1:30 PM on 05.10.2013

The final Dragon's Crown character trailer is the Amazon

We've seen spots for Dragon's Crown's Dwarf, Fighter, Wizard, Sorceress, and Elf, and now the time has come for the final character video -- the Amazon. The Amazon looks to be a mix of the Elf, the Dwarf, and Fighter's plays...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 05.09.2013

Slice all the things in this Muramasa Rebirth trailer

Muramasa is gorgeous, this we know. It's still always a delight to see the game in action though, as is the case with this latest gameplay trailer for Muramasa Rebirth. Not much longer till the release! Rebirth will be out o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 05.09.2013

The cover art for Dragon's Crown is decidedly safe

George Kamitani's female character designs for Dragon's Crown have received a rather surprising amount of attention -- that's ... that's still going on, isn't it? -- but at least for the game's box art, the presentation is fa...

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 05.01.2013

Dragon's Crown box art is [insert extreme opinion here]

Atlus has unveiled the final Japanese box art for Dragon's Crown, the latest sidescrolling action title from Vanillaware, and it's pretty tame from the looks of things. You almost wouldn't guess that the game is currently emb...

Kyle MacGregor



Gearbox artist slams Dragon's Crown character design photo
Gearbox artist slams Dragon's Crown character design
by Jim Sterling

The Dragon's Crown "thing" shows no sign of stopping, with vehement and sometimes venomous opinions flying this way and that. To bring you up to speed, Vanillaware's upcoming brawler features a big-boobed Sorceress, the design of which is causing a ruckus. 

Now an artist from a completely different studio is in the mix, Gearbox environmental artist Shaylyn Hamm. To say she's not impressed by George Kamitani's mammary magician is putting it lightly. 

"I want to see more women getting interested in games and game development, but stuff like this only serves to further cement the idea that you're stepping into a male hobby rather than something that is more inclusive," she wrote on The Escapist's forums

"Also, this is the first time I've seen that character and holy shit, ahahahahahaha. That's actually something that made its way into a basically finished video game, fucking lol! Some juvenile delinquent kid in my 5th grade class used to draw girls that looked like that (only without the creepy blank, featureless samefaces and wizard hats), and I think he was actually better at it. I also think he's in jail now. This is amazing."

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3:00 PM on 04.29.2013

Jimquisition: Boob Wars and Dragon Crowns

Dragon's Crown has become the latest game involved in a big argument. Big boobs, burly dwarves, and Kotaku were all involved. Gender issues in games are important. They are worth thinking about. They are, contrary to po...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 04.26.2013

BREAKING: Dragon's Crown's Elf will wear clothes

Dragon's Crown has been causing a ruckus lately, what with its semi-clad female characters thrusting their massive clumps of flesh in every direction, regardless of physical possibility.  Here's the latest huge controve...

Jim Sterling



In defense of boobies photo
In defense of boobies
by Vito Gesualdi

Let me preface this article by stating a few simple facts. I am a young, white, American male who consumes vast amounts of pornography. As such, I am occasionally drawn to depictions of the female form which are perhaps outside the realm of realism, with silicone implants and soft lighting helping to emphasize certain erotic areas.

Am I ashamed of my interest in these depictions? About as ashamed as anyone might be when discussing their sexual interests. However, I am also a logically thinking adult who understands that real women don’t look anything like the bizarre sexual fantasies on my computer monitor, nor would I want them to.

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12:30 PM on 04.23.2013

Dragon's Crown is officially hitting the US in August

Previously, we knew that Dragon's Crown was hitting the PlayStation 3 and Vita for $49.99 and $39.99 respectively, but today, Atlus has informed us that the game has an official release date of August 6th, 2013. The official ...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 04.19.2013

Rock out with the Dwarf in this Dragon's Crown trailer

Atlus is rolling out the character vignettes for Dragon's Crown, giving us a closer look at how each hero will handle themselves as they fight through the depths of the darkest dungeons. First we got the Sorceress, and now, ...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 04.12.2013

New Dragon's Crown video highlights the Sorceress

Atlus Japan has shared a new video for the upcoming Dragon's Crown, and it shows off what the Sorceress character can do. As a magic user, she has the ability to summon a number of elements, like wind, electricity, ice, and ...

Chris Carter





2:00 AM on 04.10.2013

Muramasa Rebirth out on June 25 for the Vita

Muramasa Rebirth is an amazing experience that plays great on the Vita. And now we know the game will be out on June 25 for the PlayStation handheld. What's that? You want more? Lucky for you, Aksys Games has a Collector's Ed...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:00 PM on 04.06.2013

Check out Muramasa Rebirth's improved translation

Muramasa Rebirth, the Vita port of 2009's Muramasa: The Demon Blade for Wii, is more than just a simple up-res. As noted in Steven Hansen's recent preview, publisher Aksys Games has re-translated the game, resulting in a much...

Tony Ponce



Muramasa for Vita is amazing, plays great photo
Muramasa for Vita is amazing, plays great
by Steven Hansen

God damn this game is pretty.

Vanillaware’s 2009 Wii title Muramasa: The Demon Blade inevitably pops up in just about any discussion of the best Wii games. It’s sitting on my shelf, snug in its shrink wrap, because I simply don’t play my Wii enough. I’m a terrible person.

This egregious affront is soon to be rectified in the best of ways, however, as Aksys is brining Muramasa: Rebirth to Vitas stateside.The art was already gorgeous, but this hand drawn mastery being completely redone in HD for the Vita on the console’s ridiculously pretty screen is a sight to behold. Add in a new localization effort, a dedicated jump button, and DLC featuring four entirely new characters. The game comes out this week in Japan, but I’ve played the incoming English (summer 2013) build. It almost makes it okay I waited this long.

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10:15 AM on 03.25.2013

Dragon's Crown coming to NA, will not support cross-play

[Update: a NeoGAF user has located more information based on the Japanese version of the game. Going off of the official website, both versions will have online play, and cross-save capabilities, but as previously stated, wil...

Chris Carter