We are all here because we find something incredibly sexy about fantasy. More specifically, video game characters.
We all have incredibly active imaginations – weather we realize it or not. Some of us create the art – some of us merely peruse it and let the lovely images ferment in our minds until…well…we all know what we do with the images.
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There has been a lot of talk lately about tropes in relation to TV shows, video games, and comics – anything where character creation is an issue. We even joke about it in roleplay circles. For those of you not following the actual definition of trope is, “a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression.” This word is often used more widely in an artistic sense to be interpreted to mean, “an often overused plot device.” It can also be described as another variation on the same theme. There are entire sites dedicated to the naming and tracking of tropes through various forms of media. Most of these sites admittedly focus on the negative aspects of this kind of writing and how it does bad things for readers and any number of other things. Certain feminist blogs have keyed in on the (over) use of certain tropes and why they are detrimental to women at large for a number of reasons.
I’m not going to get up on my high horse here and preach because as a writer I can argue both sides of the coin. Tropes become that way for one reason – they are effective as plot devices. They WORK. As a female gamer I can admit to sometimes having a good eye roll or twelve while playing through some games, but overall – I don’t see the big conspiracy like some of my fellow writers and purveyors of geek culture do. It isn’t some massive plot to take the power away from anyone, or marginalize anyone. I’m not even convinced that is what is happening. I’m an avid reader and I can tell you that some of the tropes that people discuss and rip apart have existed in literature since man started writing down stories for his or her fellow man to follow.
This post is not on the ethics of using such plot devices but more on WHY they seem to aid in creating characters that we just love to perv on. I will not be looking into specific tropes for this post – and may address it at a later date – I am just here to kind of dance with the elephant in the living room and talk about maybe why the use of some of these devices leads us to be a bit more open to fantasy. Of course because my brain is what it is…I go to these places and I am ever so glad that I do.
Geeks, by and large, are some of the most open about their sexuality of any group that I have ever met – and more often than not in a healthy way. I tend to be a pretty sex positive woman – in that I (obviously) don’t have a problem with sexualized or sensualized images. In fact I rather enjoy them and tend to consume them whenever I can get away with it. All ethics aside, the imagery in video games and the thoughts about the imagery is some of the first stuff that I ever really (I’ll say it here) got off to. In fact I would and will go as far as to say that the themes in video games and comics are somewhat directly responsible for me acknowledging and expressing some of what became my fetishes.
Seeing women in bindings, struggling, being held captive…saved. Honestly, that’s what made me realize I may be into bondage. In more than a few instances I have found myself wishing I were in the position of the damsel in distress, wondering what I would do when and if I were rescued. Even wondering what I would do if I weren’t. This goes back in video games all the way. Some of my favorite examples are the Zelda franchise…Mario, and it extends into modern games as well.
I can’t help but think that this is deliberate in some cases on the part of the game developers. They want to create characters that we all empathize with – they want to draw us in. They (undoubtedly) catch a lot of flack for some of the ways they represent things. I’ve seen the same nerd rage that you all have, but, in the end, what is it that keeps us all coming back, and moreover, keeps us coming to places like this? For me? Sex is a lot about my imagination and I think that’s the same for a lot of us.
What are some of your favorite iconic women in games, why do you like them? Why do you fantasize about them? I’d love to hear your thoughts…
– Lexxx ~ Bio