Here is What’s Wrong With Lightning’s Sexual Objectification

J. Hugo of Kaboomshark writes "I’m sure it’s no surprise anymore (news like this doesn’t stay out of the public eye for very long), but recently some bits of news regarding development on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII were confirmed. Famitsu covered the Premium Event in Tokyo where game director Motomu Toriyama made light of the fact that Lightning had some slight adjustments made to her design–that is boob enhancement. At the same event, and in a post made by Nobuhiro Goto on Dengeki Online, some giddy comments were made about the fact that there was boob jiggle physics being placed into the game. The game features a number of costumes that the player can place Lightning in and, supposedly, certain costumes and equipment will highlight these jiggle animations better."

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Need4Game1544d ago

What "Sexual Objectification" ?

"boob enhancement" & "boob jiggle physics"....did anyone notice it? Maybe too little, for me to notice it.

"Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball" is "Sexual Objectification".

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is not "Sexual Objectification".

Snookies121544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

It's not sexual objectification, I agree. It doesn't go that far. However, they did try to increase her sex appeal in the third game, by changing her physical body for no reason whatsoever. Even if it was a small change, that in itself is focusing on the sexual aspect of her. So it does kind of annoy me in that regard.

jc485731544d ago

there's a difference between sex appeal and sexual objectification.

TRGMatt1544d ago

It's wrong when Square does it...but it's prerogative if your neighbor's wife does it. Trendy even...wait...

rezzah1544d ago

Well there is a reason, its called "sex sells".

That is the logic behind the change.

Now if the reason for the change came from within the story, then the logic would be more acceptable.

theshonen88991543d ago

What the hell's with all these dislikes? Does no one find it sad that these people can't make a good game and thus resort to sex appeal? It's pathetic and I can't understand why anyone would defend this, regardless of their stance on sex in the video game industry.

Bartemaus4151543d ago

yeah but im not being funny but no one in their right mind is going to rush to a shop for boob giggle!!! yes a nice touch dont get me wrong but definatly nothing to write home about

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Aleithian1544d ago

"Sexual objectification" is a bullshit concept used to control sexual relations. There simply is no such thing.

You doubt me? Define "sexual objectification."

Flavor1544d ago

What is even more disturbing is that there is actually a discussion about objectification of a computer generated image in a software toy for consumers.

It is already an inanimate object. Speaking about 'lightning' as if she is a real person opens more doors leading to mental illness and pathological white knighting.

'Does the fleshlight pro objectify women?"

cyguration1544d ago

That's a good point.

The whole idea of that fleshlight is to simulate a certain part of a woman and only that part for sexual gratification.

In the case of Lightning, she's not real and it's obviously done for fan-service... so now the question arises: why would it matter if some people view a video game character that has no bearing on anything as sexually desirable? Or is that the problem?

dcj05241544d ago

If I draw a picture of your mom naked bending over in front of 3 big black guys would you be offended? Oh but its not real so whatever. Its like watching porn but saying " its just pixels, how are you attracted to that?"

Aleithian1544d ago


What difference does it make if the men are black? Are you trying to play on stereotypes?

Who, in seriousness, says porn is just pixels?

Fact: males in video games are portrayed in the most excellent health and are, generally, attractive. Does this constitute objectification? It serves to portray a certain type of male. Why does no one complain about this "objectification"?

I would rather an attractive female character than one that meets feminists' "standards", i.e. whims.

wishingW3L1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

Toriyama is a pervert. He should be making ero-games/hentai because that kind stuff does not belong in the Final Fantasy franchise.

iamtehpwn1544d ago

He also has this odd fetish for making female characters wear different costumes...

MidnytRain1544d ago

I just figured that was a Japanese thing...

Abriael1544d ago

"why else should they mention it in an interview?"

Because someone asked. That's how an interview works. Guess this writer has never done one.

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xReDeMpTiOnx1544d ago

Trophy unlocked: Boner achieved!

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