Ugh, fucking exhausted and I still have three work shifts to do before I get my days off. At least I get paid this week and also have the weekend off, that would mean something if I had any semblance of a social life.
Bayonetta’s appearance was designed by a woman.
GameSpy: Sexuality is a prominent design element behind the Bayonetta character, from her sexy strut to her disappearing clothing, and so on. How do you feel about designing such a provocative character?
Mari Shimazaki: I’m very happy with her, I had a lot of fun in the process of designing such a sexy character. I had lots of discussions with Kamiya-san regarding what he feels is sexy from a guy’s point of view, and what he’d want from the character. [laughs]
GameSpy: Interesting you bring that up, as it’s been said that the Bayonetta character, from the glasses to her other attributes, those are defined by what Kamiya-san likes, what he finds attractive. If the shoe were on the other foot, and you were making a character based on what you find attractive, what would that character be like?
Mari Shimazaki: Actually, Bayonetta would be my preference as well. I find Bayonetta to be a very attractive character. Kamiya-san looks at her more like the female design appropriate for the role of lead character in the game. Kamiya-san’s personal preference is actually closer to Bayonetta’s rival character, Jeanne. One thing that Kamiya-san does love on a personal level is Bayonetta’s glasses.
Reblogging for the fantastic interview excerpt with Mari Shimazaki (as well as this glorious gif of Bayonetta).
Think I should just shut up, I know no one likes to put up with people that are depressed so I’ll just can it.
My next days off aren’t until next Wednesday and Thursday.
A god damn 9 day work week, just fuck everything right now…
I feel like I’m not close to anyone anymore.
Shovel Knight has got to have one of my favorite Rival Boss Battles I’ve played in a looong time, god damn it’s so cool.
Okay I’ll shut up about Shovel Knight.
"Has diversity in gaming gone too far?" Yes, clearly this drop to only 98% of games having straight white men as main characters is unacceptable.
Calling for diversity in video games isn’t a bad thing, but don’t pretend like there aren’t diverse games out there. You’re just not playing them.
Lets be brutally honest here. When they say they want somebody other than “straight white male characters” they really mean women or obviously, almost stereotypical, minorities.
The moment a character looks even remotely white, they default to ‘he’s white’, even though they may be middle eastern or Hispanic. They’re only Hispanic, for example, if they start using Spanish words like “chollo” or “ese” in every sentence.
It is hilarious that for a group that thinks themselves so progressive, they default to ‘white’ the moment they see anyone with even remotely ambiguous skin color and who doesn’t act like a racial stereotype.
I just wanna add some more of my favourite gaming protagonists
Alis Landale (who was not only one of the first female characters in gaming, but also also co=created by a woman, Rieko Kodama)
Shion Uzuki and KOS MOS of Xenosaga: both had their storylines mapped out by Soraya Saga, one half of a husband and wife team who also created the story of Xenosaga together.
Philia Felice and Harold Berselius of Tales of Destiny 1 and 2. Both are the most powerful attack mages in their game, and are genius scientists: Philia is fond of flinging her own homemade Molotov Cocktails into monsters faces, and Harold is the greatest scientist in the history of her planet, whose inventions won a war between land dwellers and a civilisation of evil flying cities.
Alie from Alice: Madness Returns
Bayonetta: Queen of Not Giving a Fuck
Midna: the titular Twilight Princess. She is the true protagonist of the game to the point that she is far more vital to the plot then either Link or Zelda, and is easily the most developed character in the entire franchise. Her entire arc an personality and character development is essentially Princess Ruto’s character arc from Ocarina of Time but having an entire game formed around it.
Oh and Xelha from Baten Kaitos. She is similar to Midna in that she spends almost the entirity of the game as the protagonist: the quest to save the world is hers: she is the one who starts off the game infilitrating the fortress of the villain and stealing their instrument of doom and then goes around trying to uncover the conspiracy, recruiting others and keeping the team together, rallying the other nations to unite against the empire and even more, despite the game never really treating her as the true heroine.
Just a few. Time for a cig. Talking about Mass Effect characters alone such as Liara, Samara, Tali, Kasumi, Edi and my other favourite ME girls would take all day.
can i just hijack this post and add some of my favorite VG females to this set
because even though i haaaaate ffx, i really do like yuna.
shes very sweet, kind, solemn, forgiving, and strong. fuckin’ girl is marching to her death to make the nobelist of sacrifices for the stupidest of people (tidus, wakka, riku) i didnt think id like her too much, i assumed shed just be another simpering waif, but she turned out to be my favorite character in this SHITTY GAME.
jessica de al kirk is another favorite of mine, probably because shes a smart-mouthed hooligan who takes zero shit from nobody. shes in realistically rocky/shitty relationship with a drunk bandit-dickhead and is smart enough to know when to call it quits with him, and ONLY takes him back after hes made a significant change to his own character.
her magic is also p strong and if you beef up her levels, her attack is on par with alex’s fuckken riiiiiggghhht
tess from the last of us was also pretty cool. shes just this hardened badass trying to thug shit out in an otherwise horrible setting. shes also got a smart mouth on her. i think i got a thing for chicks who are kind of obnoxious.
im gonna get real old school here and also mention sarah from shining force 2 as one of my favorite VG chicks, strictly on the basis that shes a part of your starting team and has some of the best magic stats (ergo not reduced to USELESS HEALER/USELESS FEMALE SIDEKICK)
let me also drop
queen zeal (mad with power, also crazy powerful)
schala, all characters in chrono trigger who are like catalysts for the games plot.
id waste some time posting some of my favorite female fighters from fighting games but that would take forever and tumblr is slow enough on my laptop as is.
ps i hate all this THERE ARE NO STRONG WOMEN IN GAMES shit fuckin stop perpetuating this shit, idiots who dont play games.
One last Shovel Knight thing, just wanted to post my favorite stage theme from the game because god damn it is great.
P.S. Play Shovel Knight.