The Japanese like cute girls...get over it!
Time & time again in reviews of JRPGs that has 'moe' or cute girls in them tend to take the brunt of being unfairly judged due to their assumed over sexualization.
For example today i read a review for Atelier Ayesha at Destructoid (source: http://www.destructoid.com/... that clearly proves that western game media simply do not understand the culture in Japan that accepts these types of games & the characters in them.
First of the reviewer is the wrong person to review a game such as this & his attempt at a review for the game is immature at best. To say 'So, if you’re a middle school girl currently confronting your blossoming womanhood, or just a fan of overwhelmingly cute things, maybe grab a copy' as a closing remark is uncalled for & unprofessional.
These types of reviews for games such as this is getting old if you ask me. Do we really need every time a game like Atelier or Hyperdimension Neptunia or Mugen Souls is released that the main issue the game isn't good is the sexualization of the characters that may be depicted as 'young girls'? So why are people so often make it such a big deal about a games choice of character designs. If a game is bad due to gameplay mechanics or something else partaking the game than fine i have no problem with that. However to constantly over & over again complain about a games depiction of 'young girls' as being offensive is disappointing.
Are western game journalist not aware that a vast majority of the character designers of these games are in fact FEMALE!!! Are they not aware that a large population of the artist for eroge games & hentai mangas are in fact FEMALE! They seem to have no problem expressing themselves in their art form.
I am a huge fan of niche lesser known JRPGs that we are fortunate to even get to play over here in the west so it sometimes ticks me off that reviewers take for granted & unfairly or not judge these games on matters that have no actual point in an actual review of a game.
That's just my pet peeve when it comes to dealing with stuff like this. Anyone else feel the same way as i do?