Monday, August 20, 2007

I'm Guessing You Guys Didn't Get Many Dates

Gee, and you wonder why videogames continue to have an image problem? People in this industry - folks with degrees from legitimate schools - spend large amounts of money studying the mystery of why women generally avoid games. Sometimes I wonder if they just spent too much time in front of the textbooks.

I remember when Bloom County was retired years ago, which finished by having the regular cast members find jobs in other comic strips. Steve ends up working for a comic book, where opaque, pimply nerds have their pencils sharpened by buxom pinup girls. "I'm guessing you guys didn't get many dates in high school," Steve cracks. Yeah, that's what I'm thinking.

Seriously, if the games business wants to break out of its teenage male nerd stereotype, and actually sell to those mysterious know, females? Stop the videogame porn. Seriously. It's getting downright creepy. Blow-up doll creepy.

Oh, and btw, if you're wondering, these art assets (ahem) are from Namco's upcoming Soul Calibur 4, which should be hitting Sony and Microsoft's horribly overpriced toy machines. It was a classic on the Dreamcast, still is. I honestly don't know why these sequels exist. I don't think Namco does, either - apart from the royalty checks.

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