March 31 2014, 10pm
...3 weeks ago
You know these kind of things always make me go "What?" when i see them because I don't play mmos to be restricted to full covering and boring plate armor.I rarely play guys because of that and I enjoy having non practical armor in game. That's another thing I never get the need for practicality in something where non of the weapons are practicable, the damage isn't realistic and non of the actions that characters can take are even close to those in real life.
First of all, should I assume that by “these kind of things” you mean this site? Uh, okay?
I feel like you missed the whole point of this blog.
You personally prefer bikini armor and find it more interesting than full-covering, realistic one? More power to you! Then again, it’s not about you and your personal preferences.
It’s about pervasive trends of how media depicts women almost exclusively in objectifying ways and offers no alternative to this objectification. Even if said media is supposedly interactive and customizable (video games, especially RPGs of all kinds).
BABD blog is devoted to the fact of how those trends are especially obvious when combat-based female characters are depicted.
You see, there is such thing as Willing Suspension of Disbelief, the untold agreement between the author and the audience that helps to experience immersion in the fiction.
The audience intuitively agrees to overlook unrealistic/fantastic aspects of experienced fiction as long as they make sense in the narrative. It does not mean they uncritically assume everything out of ordinary to be normal.
If the author doesn’t create consistent rules for their world of fiction, the illusion of reality fails and the audience can not suspend their disbelief anymore.
A naturalistic story tells a story that is completely plausible in our world. No wizards, no dragons, no secret vampires, no alien invasions. Telling a realistic story is telling a story that is logical and consistent and makes sense (even if the setting is in a fictional world or in a reality very different from our own).
This is usually the case with skimpy armor. The point of armor is to provide physical barrier, protection from bodily damage in combat.
For instance, a bikini made out of chainmal (or any other armor material) is just a weird (possibly uncomfortable) bikini, not an armor. It serves the purpose of a bikini (cover nipples and crotch!), not of the amor (protect everything that can be slashed or stabbed!).
So in the setting where people wear armor for the same reason as in the real world, a knight in a metal bikini looks simply ridiculous, and, again, probably can not move without major discomfort.
As for the settings that justify skimpy battle outfit with magic/science/whatever that can create protective barrier… Yeah, makes sense AS LONG AS EVERYONE’S COSTUME IS LIKE THAT. If the same magic armor looks completely regular for guys, but takes form of underwear/bikini/whateverthehellthisis for women, then we face a double standard which can not be justified in-story.
There’s also the issue of skimpy armor supposedly symbolizing empowerment or badassery of a female character.
The thing is, there’s nothing inherently empowering (or sexual, but that’s another story) about partial nudity. There’s a bigger issue of cultural context behind it.
If you stop to think why most half-naked warrior women look like lady on the left, not like one on the right, you’ll understand how female nudity is used to be ogled; not to symbolize power, like male nudity.
Then again, some heroines may be characterized to feel empowered by being sexual (Emma Frost and Bayonetta are most frequently brought up as examples), but the message fails through if everyone around them is designed to look equally sexual, despite having different personality and views on that.
Just like those characters, you personally are completely free to read non-practical costumes in MMOs as attractive/empowering, but those who have different opinion should be given the choice between any level of practicality, especially since character customization is a big part of roleplaying game experience.
March 30 2014, 11pm
...3 weeks ago
Inspired by The Female Armor Bingo, I present to you my short guide to armor bust areas, to better help you decide what to wear :P
Any resemblance to particular armors, living or dead, is purely coincidental. Well… mostly.
Ha! Reminds me of the Female Armor post I made a while ago!
Although I gotta admit, this post is WAY too unrealistic… I mean, the breasts are WAY too small! *sarcasm, of course*
March 30 2014, 10pm
...3 weeks ago
I’m not into superhero comics, most I know of them comes from movies and cartoons (which I usually like a lot). I’ve seen more of Marvel than DC thou, but what I’ve known of Wonder Woman is that she is quite a badass and she is a superheroine. Even so, you gotta have her with tiny clothing looking like a pin-up girl because “comic books are a ‘boy’ thing” (as if all boys had hots for females yadda yadda). She’s a warrior but she got no waist and she is quite skinny compared to Batman or Superman (at least in the cartoons). And her looks and clothes leads to a lot of hipersexualized media been associated with her (just go and Google it, behold what your sexism does, DC Comics).
Therefore, I think her popular design is stupid, flawed, sexist, nonsensical and may lead to female misogyny and sexism (and also porn).
So, when my friend asked me to “fix” it, I kinda liked the idea.
Although I don’t necessarily aim to “fix” anything with this concept, my intention with this is to portray a different type o femininity based on my personal interpretation of the character and context.
I didn’t really made a heavy research on armor to be sure all I put there works, but I’ll excuse myself in the name of fantasy (the original one is absurd is not like a heavy competition).
This is a bit of what “amazon” evokes in my mind combined with what the character already had (symbols, colors)
and a 5 minute Wikipedia reading on her.
If I ever feel like I might make a finalized version of this.
P.S. I have no idea exactly how that whip works I just put it in there because it looks cool.
P.P.S. Although her design doesn’t necessarily portray heels, some customes do.
Wonder Woman (c) to DC Comics
Go Wonder Woman!
However, as for the oversexualization in fanart, etc, of Wonder Woman doesn’t have anything to do with her clothes. Every female character suffers from this, sadly. You can’t even look up ‘Dora the Explorer’ without finding sexualized pictures of her. Sigh.
Still a neat design, I gotta say!
March 29 2014, 10pm
...3 weeks ago
Joel Evans submitted:
My name is Joel, I’m submitting a redraw of Almadora from Depth Fantasia, I believe. I thought the design was really colorful and had a lot of personality, but I wanted a crack at a redraw, to design a heavier suit of armor. I figured that, seeing as how the weapon she’s wielding is so big and heavy, anyone that wields a melee weapon like that is going to need suitable armor when they whiff an attack and have to absorb a few hits.The original design seemed to be some sort of leather armor with an unprotected chest, so I thickened parts of the armor, and turned most of it into steel plate. I added a breastplate so she isn’t as exposed, with less of her, um, business, hanging out. I liked the headpiece the character wears, and the idea of the character wearing a circlet for a small modicum of head protection, but the original design seemed to maybe(?) be some sort of harness for a heavier helm, or a crown of some sort. So, to turn it into a piece of armor that could take a weapon strike, I again, thickened the armor, and tried to keep a semblance of the original color scheme by coloring it the same wine-red as the rest of the outfit.Overall, I think this might offer some more protection than the original outfit, and I even managed to put a butterfly on the breastplate, because I thought that was cool, and my sister likes butterflies.If you or anyone wants to check out some more of my work, my DeviantArt page is http://theunlearnt.deviantart.com/.P.S. My wife walked in while I was working on the um, crotch-area of the redraw. She was aware I was working on a redraw of basically, bikini-armor, but she didn’t realize how naked the original girl was. So in surprise she threw a Tonberry plushie at me, and with my catlike reflexes I managed to get hit by it. It landed with a devastating ‘doink’. She then remarked how weird it was that she walked in on me with basically a naked girl on my computer screen, and that I was making an effort to make her less naked.Thanks for taking the time to do this and to explain the design process and why you made the decisions you did. I think it’s really cool you thought a lot about what the armor should inform us about the character while you made this.
March 28 2014, 11pm
...3 weeks ago
A succubus wearing full armor instead of a slinky dress or bikini (or nothing)? And from Wayne “Boob Windows for Everyone” Reynolds? That’s pretty refreshing.
(Seriously though, that’s so awesome, and such a change from all the usual depictions of succubi in fantasy art. It’s refreshing to see something different.)
Really! This is a neat concept!
March 28 2014, 10pm
...3 weeks ago
I think Vampirella is still recovering from her fight with a giant crab.
I was using this picture as an example for a post on Escher Girls of the straight (cis) male gaze influencing panel construction and how we are forced to view a character from a certain perspective in a scene, and I finally realized what was going on here.
I’ve never really looked at it carefully, I just always thought she was changing or just posing or something. I only now realized she’s supposed to be morphing her clothes and destroying the house. But, because it’s just like butt shot, butt shot, butt shot, butt shot, I never picked up on what was going on because the panel focus is so much on her butt and that one shot of her body that it’s hard to know what exactly is going on, especially since she’s barely moving, it’s just static butt shots (and the same one copy pasted 3 times at the end). The main focus was to give us butt shots & a full body shot featuring her boobs and crotch.
Not just can it be distracting to constantly have this kind of perspective, but sometimes it can really detract from your immersion and understanding of a scene if you feel like the “camera” is just so focused on looking at women’s butts and breasts that the other, often important, storytelling elements are being ignored.
Just a follow up/example on the last post with the video about the concept of the “male gaze” in film
Ladies and Gentlemen… let’s give this woman a real battle-suit to wear!
March 27 2014, 11pm
...3 weeks ago
Have you ever seen Fairy Tail’s Erza Scarlet? She’s a witch whose powers revolve around armors. Sometimes Mashima (the mangaka) really misses the point, but some of them are quite good! If you haven’t seen it yet maybe you could check it out. Also, I love the blog, keep up the good work!
If we haven’t seen her, we’re about to:
Ezra Scarlet from Fairy Tail
I’m not sure if Erza counts since she is from an anime/manga but I personally think that some of her outfits are absolutely preposterous. This is extremely sad since Erza is supposed to be one of the strongest characters in the series and she has armors that actually offer some protection. But these outfits just…ugh…
I hope that those pictures weren’t too traumatic. If they were, here’s an another picture of her several armors:
I’m sorry for the seveal pictures but I wanted to get my point across :)
So, if her powers are derived from her different armors, what powers does she get from the top two? The power to pick out really good fish at the market?
That last one though. Man, that’s cool.
i really like the angel armor so i did a really sloppy edit to make me like it without groaning
the fourth pic could have real potential; clean up the dirt and smudges on the thighs and chest, add a couple lines, could be pulled off
March 27 2014, 10pm
...3 weeks ago
Browser-based games count for this blog, right? This is “Heroes of the Realm”, a hybrid CCG/4X game. (http://www.kongregate.com/games/heroesoftherealm/heroes-of-the-realm if you care to take a look.)
This is, admittedly, a rather small sampling of its artwork, but some of it is pretty egregious. Boobs and butts poses, centaur and snake hips (on otherwise bipedal humanoid races), impractical armor and outfits (not included in this collection: a nun with a boobwindow habit), sameface syndrome (that some of the male characters also suffer from, but generally it’s the ladies who suffer more), etcetera and so forth.
What makes all of this even sadder is that there are a few exception cases where the artist proves that they are capable of sound design for their female characters.
At least there are plenty of buff, shirtless men to look at, too.
It’s always fun to play a rousing game of Snakes and Daggers.
Get your gloves on everyone, we got some fixing to do….
March 26 2014, 11pm
...3 weeks ago
android gamer submitted:
"collect powerful unique heroes"
Android game. I don’t know about you, but I’d say that’s more of an hentai game more than a rpg game. I find it funny how they decided to only show the SEXAYYY cards.
But be careful collecting them. Some of them are not packaged very protectively, and a few are already bent.