It's time we stopped calling Japanese games with sexual content "creepy"

Digitally Downloaded writes: "Over on Polygon, there's an article titled "Atlus can do better than this creepy, porn-lite dungeon crawler." The article, from Philip Kollar, is about Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library and the Monster Seal, an upcoming dungeon crawler being localised by the company that features characters that are sexualised."

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Snookies121105d ago (Edited 1105d ago )

What's creepy about it? I mean, sexual interpretations of females and males have been in art for hundreds and hundreds of years. From the oldest piece of drawn sexual content to current day anime-style content. They're the same thing, just with a different style.

Don't get me wrong, I dislike when something pushes sexual content when it isn't necessary. I'm just saying, despite myself not really caring for it. There's no reason to call it 'creepy'.

bunt-custardly1105d ago

What's wrong with "creepy"? I like it that way. It instils an air of mysticism.

chatwraithshichi1105d ago

It has to do with the depiction of youth in anime. People are less open to seeing youth sexualized than seeing adult figures sexualized.

Where in some games (take the witcher for example, where sex is handled as a mature theme) or media, sex seems normal, others make sex seem violatory where the overarching style is that of innocence and youth.

rainslacker1105d ago

I'd agree with you but this same trend gets extended to sexualizations beyond youthful appearance. The article points out Lollipop Chainsaw seeing it's fair share of criticisms for sexualization, and while the main character was an 18 year old high school student, she was most certainly of legal age and in charge of her own sexuality.

None of this is really new though. Tomb Raider got the same criticisms back in the day. Even Tifa from FFVII had some of these. It's just become much more pervasive, and used for rating games instead of for debate on the actual topic.

3-4-51105d ago

* Nobody has a problem with the 25 year old half naked attractive female in a game, or the shirtless ripped muscle dude.

It's when the characters look like they are 12......

THAT is the issue...that is the problem.

THAT is creepy. It just is.


Because grown adults are the ones drawing it.

It would be ok if 12 year old girls/boys were drawing these pics of 12 and 13 year olds, but it's grown men & women doing it.

That is the pervy part about it.

They could be drawing adults, but they choose to give that 12 year old girl Double D breasts and it's just kind of pervy and creepy.

I won't be bullied or shamed into thinking otherwise.

I'm ok with them being made...they deserve to have the right to make those games...but I won't be buying them.

They just don't appeal to me.

mydyingparadiselost1105d ago

As liberal as I am about sexual content in media, I have to agree. Sometimes, just sometimes, in the heat of the moment... it's a little creepy.
And this is from someone that seriously considered buying a hot anime girl body pillow on more than one occasion :/

SweatyFlorida1105d ago

It's mostly creepy when they have young looking girls involved, which is about 90% of the time. But people should really accept that by now given Anime style makes everyone look younger then they're actually made to be.

Also that kind of stuff really is common place in Japan, just look at most of the Anime, they'll have scenes just like they do in these "creepy" games, if not more awkward/ecchi since most are usually high school students (underage), all the time. These are shows they air on public tv.

MRMagoo1231105d ago

@ sweaty

They aren't any age , they aren't real and I think that's the problem with ppl thinking it's creepy. The people with the problem are the ones that can't separate real life from cartoons. No matter what happens in a video game, anime or movie nothing injured or damaged a real life person.

mydyingparadiselost1105d ago (Edited 1105d ago )

I'm very aware of the cultural differences of Japan and I have nothing against it, it is what it is and it works for them, and many other people as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the existence and lack of censorship in these games, but I still find it a little creepy regardless. To each their own though, I'm not judging but it's just my opinion.

Propaganda, no matter it's form, has killed millions of people since the inception of drawings. Images and media, in the very capable hands of the wrong people, can do a lot of harm. Imagine video games in the hands of Nazi Germany...

MRMagoo1231105d ago

lmfao "propaganda" wayyyyyy off the topic here, this is about cartoons and video games, these games dont have some agenda they are for entertainment. Nice try but completely irrelevant.

MattS1105d ago

@MRMagoo123 the popular entertainment of the period has always been used for propaganda.

The Soviets used film to further their socialist propaganda.

The Kings of England used Shakespeare to further their propaganda. Shakespeare literally wrote some of his plays as pieces of propaganda.

So, yes, games can be used as propaganda. To suggest otherwise is to make an Ebert argument that games are not art (or popular entertainment).

mydyingparadiselost1105d ago (Edited 1105d ago )

"No matter what happens in a video game, anime or movie nothing injured or damaged a real life person."
Your words, not mine. I'm not saying any of these games are propaganda, just that the ability to use these mediums to push an agenda that hurts real life people is there. Would you say the same thing if these games featured babies instead of the girl characters, or if the only NPCs you could kill in GTA were Jewish? How many people have died just for drawing depictions Muhammad? Just saying, that's a broad statement with a lot of problems when applied to real world possibilities.

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Germany71105d ago

You can't take these moralists seriously.

dark-kyon1105d ago

Clickbait,also they are not attacking westerns publishers what are who they really care.

Magnus1105d ago

What's creepy is they censor the porn. Persons nether regions are blocked out like they are a witness on Americans Most wanted.

001105d ago

maybe that's why they have so much weird shit, all the good bits are pixels and they have to work around it.

dark-kyon1105d ago (Edited 1105d ago )

Wow,polygon are really trash.

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