clothes in the witcher

In many ways The Witcher 2 is very much my shit, and in other ways it’s very much not.  Specifically, the visual design of the game’s female characters stands out as pretty amazingly awful in a medium known for insanely awful female designs, and by itself was enough to override the good points and put me off getting the next game.  You never know though, the developers might have received a lot of feedback regarding their character design and the next game might be more sensible.  It could happen, right?  So I kept an eye out for news on the game, especially for any clips or pictures featuring female characters.
So far, results have been less than wholly encouraging:

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To my surprise, there was a brief discussion about this in the Something Awful forum’s thread on the game, though it ended up going exactly how you might think it did:

1: “she actually has story reasons for favouring fashionable dress over practicality, read the books”
This is a rare case of that excuse actually being semi-justified. In, say, Mass Effect, a female character might be designed to look sexy because she’s a sex option for the player character, and they then come up with a backstory so fans can say “it’s not sexist, things X Y and Z about her character cause her to look like that.”

baby got backstory

But there is the germ of a point in this case, since The Witcher is legit based on a series of books.  Of course that germ is wiped away immediately by the fact that the books were written by a man, but it’s still the best response in favour of rebuttal to complaints about CD Projekt’s character design.  Let’s try a worse one:

2: “I think they handled female characters quite well, especially by video game standards. Plenty of the prime movers of the plot are powerful women.”
This also has hints of a point- sure, the sorceresses in the game are all manipulative witches scheming to take over the world but then there are a bunch of scheming men who already rule the world and are frankly assholes about it, so it’s hard to see the sorceress conspiracy as especially evil.  Still, even ignoring the fact that the main female character is kidnapped offscreen three times, this is just a deflection since a character’s agency within the plot is s
eparate from their visual design.  Sabrina Glevissig was impressively resourceful in her method of spilling her own blood with her hands bound so she could curse Henselt, which has nothing at all to do with the fact that she’s dressed like this:

Philippa Eilhart usurped control of a successful populist revolution, not to mention a dragon, pic entirely unrelated:

She usurped control of the leader of the revolution by using a magical kiss, of course.  Here’s a couple of male mages for reference:

Look how fucking wrapped up they are in duffel coats and cloaks and shit!  It boggles my mind that, never mind the cleavage, they looked at the male mages and the female mages and saw how different they look, to the point that it’s literally impossible to tell from visuals alone that they’re male/female counterparts, and said “good, exactly how we want it.”

Plus there is no nude model for Geralt, the main character of the game who can have sex with a few of the female characters and remains in his knee-length boxer shorts the entire time.  You know who there is a nude model for?  Said female characters, who are all entirely smooth and hairless down below.  The same people who defend the treatment of women in the game or the total lack of non-white characters with “that’s how it was” in the era of history the game’s setting is analagous to, don’t seem to be vocally bothered by the fact that all the medieval Slavic women are waxing on the reg.

anyway, I was going to try to write a structured blog post but it kind of turned into a rant, so I’ll just end with one post that really bothered me.

3: “If you have a problem with women being sexualized and being damsels in distress, I have to wonder if you ever see ads/commercials, TV shows or movies, haved played any other RPG game ever, or anything anywhere involving women or stories, because uh, I have news for you.”

Sexism has completely saturated and pervaded every facet of entertainment media -> X -> there’s no need to talk about it.

what is X in that train of thought?

They’re all males in the game. We usually try to avoid the females because what do you do with a female Turian? Do you give her breasts? What do you do? Do you put lipstick on her?

Mass Effect 3′s art director, Derek Watts (via gaarrus)

in real life it’s the females who try to avoid me

johnmosesbrowningvevo:

The person this picture is meant for knows who they are.

johnmosesbrowningvevo:

The person this picture is meant for knows who they are.

poopcop:

guandao:

Season 2 bloopers (x)

DISGUSTINGLY CUTE

time thing, mr lathing

tiqachu:

demeaniac:

one sentence horror story: “seems like we’re the last two people on earth, m’lady”

NO.

Miraak the First Dragonborn tries on his mask for the first time
Miraak: [gasps]
Miraak: Miraakulous

hatsmack:

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT presents
a HIDEO KOJIMA & GUILLERMO DEL TORO game
Starring AMC’s The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus

SILENT HILLS

*heavy breathing*

Starring

BRUMBPO TUNGUS

agoodcartoon:

agoodcartoon:

One of these men belongs to a deadly street gang with a long history of racial violence… and the other is a black guy. A good cartoon.

 bringing this back because, and i can’t stress this enough, fuck the police.

the policeman imagines that the black guy is extremely cool

agoodcartoon:

agoodcartoon:

One of these men belongs to a deadly street gang with a long history of racial violence… and the other is a black guy. A good cartoon.


bringing this back because, and i can’t stress this enough, fuck the police.

the policeman imagines that the black guy is extremely cool