Friday, May 6, 2016

Gender and Religion in Video Games

For the longest time every media in someway have objectified women and video games are no exception to this rule. Since the real explosion of video games back when it was a new market advertisement choose to market more towards boys so that they could sell more and make enough money back from making the game. For today though the market has gotten better about this now that a more equal amount of gamer's are girls and boys. But that still doesn't excuse the many MMO's and RPG's that still do this even now.

TERA: Female armor and underage characters
TERA’s action combat system makes battles come alive. Instead of mindlessly mashing keys while grinding through massive amount of content, players jockey for position, aim at moving targets, dodge incoming attacks, and time combos carefully to deal massive damage. This game has a big following of fans but the games look is nothing but fancy and beautiful nothing looks ugly even if you want it to be.

Not only is none of the characters ugly but every armor that you can get is way more sexual when equipped on a female character. The last thing that gets a little weirded out is one race known as the Elin which is a race of young girls THERE ARE NO MALES they are just a race of little girls with animal ears and tails which is extremely unsettling to me. Apparently they are supposed to be a descendant of a goddesses daughter but even then that not a good reason for something like this.

Skyrim: Religion and Society
Now don't get me wrong I love Skyrim but it is probably a good game on addressing split religious beliefs as one of the main points of the game is the war between two races, The Stormcloaks who believe that when their great king Talos who fought along side the gods became a god just after his death as The Imperials think that Talos is not a god and should not be worshiped as one of them. Of course either ideals of each of these are messed up in there own way, the Imperials seek to control the land named Skyrim and Stormcloaks who believe that anyone who even closely resemble to an elf is a spy for an enemy faction. The situations at the beginning of the game makes you choose right away who you are more willing to fight for. This quest line in the game can also make you think on how religion has played many parts in war before.

If you want a more in def look at how diversity is in video games I suggest to watch this video by Extra credits  

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