Quite recently, I was asked how such a nice girl like me could be playing such a brutal game like God of War III. Well for one, if you’re referring to me as a “nice girl,” you clearly have no access to police records. However, I do get these types of questions all the time. I guess it sometimes shocks people that I would want to smash a god’s face in with gauntlets. Yet, the questions have shifted to something that’s apparently more interesting and people are curious as to my reaction to it.
I’m very familiar with the GOW series. I’ve played the first two installments back when they were on the PS2, zoomed through the prequel PSP game, and went at it some more when the GOW collection made its debut on the PS3. So, I am very aware of the infamous sex minigames. They have always been optional, but when they promise a good amount of red orbs, as a gamer trying to max out weapons, I feel a bit obligated to participate in some awkward button smashing and stick rotations (FYI: It turns out I’m quite the lover, I always rock some togas off).
I was ready for what was to come in GOW IIIwhen I started playing; those moments barely took up a minute of my time anyway – Am I right ladies? But when so many staff members kept asking me if I got to Aphrodite yet, I started to get a little nervous.
And there she was; first an array of constant moans, then a cutscene full of topless suggestions.
I was very tempted to pass up on becoming the ladies’ man. It was funny how the minigame had evolved into a plot point with a bonus. Some severe thought was put into this chamber scene. It takes talent to go from breaking a vase to modeling two excited women watch Kratos/you give humanity a good name.
Still, my obsession with trophies and the need for some upgrades got the better of me, so I sat through the love fest. As if sitting through bad voice acting from the spectators wasn’t enough, it was even more awkward when I had to do the minigame a second time – I didn’t press the last button fast enough (A nickel for every time that, uh, never mind). The future goddess of STD’s seemed satisfied with my later attempt and she rewarded me with bright red orbs.
Now, I understand GOW III was meant to be over-the-top graphics-wise, so it didn’t surprise me much the sex minigame got to the level that it did. Considering all the vicious disfigurement of body parts I had seen leading up to that part, it was not much of a big deal. Yet, as a gamer chick, I was still a little disappointed the developers decided to go in the route that they did. Some subtle innuendo similar to the previous games would have been enough; you don’t always have to give in to the fanboys who beg for virtual breasts. These people might start neglecting the real boobs out there trying to make a living.
With game points like this, it seems there may be a trend to exploit the human body as games become more accurate and realistic. Remember, that it wasn’t too long ago that we got a glimpse of Ethan and Madison’s goodies from Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain. I’m not squeamish with nudity in my video games; it just gets tiring when there’s too much of it, at least for me as a female gamer. But, I’m sure many of you males out there have a save point reserved for lonely nights, so I might be talking to myself here, heh.
Man, I’ve never had a trophy pop-up that made me feel so dirty.