I wish I could pound fate with this two-by-four.

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draw-off-game:


Take a tour down the scenic meat rivers in a harmless friendly Pedalo!Please keep your arms and legs inside the pedalo at all times during your voyage.

~Mac

draw-off-game:

Take a tour down the scenic meat rivers in a harmless friendly Pedalo!
Please keep your arms and legs inside the pedalo at all times during your voyage.

~Mac

kingcheddarxvii:

rhetthammersmith:

Dog cloud over Manhattan . August 17, 2014

rare glimpse of Dog Heaven spotted. not a cloud just the souls of very many good dogs

So here’s a question…

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

knightxjay:

What do you want samus to wear?

Since nobody’s actually answered this question yet, I will. I can only answer for myself and not for other female gamers and feminists.

My honest answer is: I mostly don’t give a fuck.

As another poster commented, she was raised by bird people from the age of about… five? Maybe she doesn’t have a sense of modesty. Maybe she would prefer to do kickboxing nude because she thinks human clothes are dumb. Maybe she even picked out those heels because they reminded her of some kind of Chozo technology that we were never told about in any of the other games.

My rubric for what is acceptable and what crosses a line, then, lines up with my own sensibilities regarding how society treats and projects gender and sexuality on to women. For example, I’m wise to the fact that when the developers thought of those heels they sure as hell were not thinking of Chozo technology, and I’ll judge them accordingly for that knowledge.

I don’t have a problem with the Zero Suit, or the new outfit. The Zero Suit is no different from the tights of most male superheroes, and whether or not it is sexualized is determined largely by how Samus’s body is portrayed, and what else she is wearing. Likewise with the new outfit. If Samus were reasonably proportioned, muscular, not contorted beyond all reasonable expectations, and wearing athletic shoes, then she would look like a badass brawler. Except, that’s not the case; she’s a walking “asset display case” if you would, her abdomen can’t reasonably support her breasts, and she’s wearing heels into a brawl. Heels. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeels. Garish footwear symbolic of gender and sexuality.

It’s not just a matter of how much of her body is covered, and that’s what people aren’t getting about this and it’s driving me crazy. Context is so important. For one thing, this is a video game, so any revealing outfit, intentionally sexualizing or not, is already going to have more of an air of sexuality about it because female characters have a history of being outrageously sexualized in video games for the sake of profit. That’s context. But a sports bra and shorts can still be fine; they are defensible gym and MMA clothes. Alright. Oh but wait, her body is also contorted and her figure is exaggerated in a typical sexual fashion. That’s more context, and in that light the outfit itself starts to look a little more risque. Oh snap, she’s also in heels? Now the outfit starts to make less sense as legitimate gym attire and starts to look more like a stereotypical feminine caricature created for the male gaze.

So, what would I want her to wear? My honest answer is still: I mostly don’t give a fuck. But I give a fuck about the context of her outfit, because that’s where the elements of sexist and sexualizing portrayal become very obvious.

naturepunk:

artemiskaonai:

An officer threatens to kill a journalist and those around him since he’s not credential press. He then threatens everyone around the guy with live rounds. If you don’t know what those are, they’re real bullets.

Another journalist tried to ask his name but all he said was “Go fuck yourself”.

The tag trending for this guy on twitter, funny enough, is #officergofuckyourself.

Please spread, Ferguson is not safe. Don’t forget about it.

8-19-2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, Officer GoFuckYourself. 

Full article about this incident can be found HERE.

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

metaxzero:

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

For anyone who is comparing (largely presumed) feminist reactions to Samus Aran’s new gym attire to forced religious female covering: fuck off.

The New Samus = blatant fanservice for the hetero male gaze. It’s not even about the fact that she’s showing her figure or showing skin; it’s about the…

Peach, Zelda, Rosalina, Wii Fit Trainer, female villager, and Lucina are hypersexualized? The latter 2 are flat as iron-boards.

Peach, Zelda, Rosalina, the Wii Fit Trainer, and the female villager are not the main characters of epic platformers, exploration, and FPS games. They do not take on entire alien bases single-handedly.

I’m not sure what Lucina’s about; I haven’t looked into Fire Emblem.

Metroid, in the beginning and through Super/Prime days, and even with the advent of Zero Mission, was always a sure bet for hours of alien-wasting gaming without so much as a gratuitous boob shot. The Justin Bailey avatar and the pixelated Zero Suit did not change that. They could not have changed that with their in-game resolution. However, since Other M there’s a creeping sense that, to play as Samus in the future, one will have to stomach a fair amount of patriarchal bullshit.

Which, for female gamers like me who just want to waste aliens without so much as an ass-shake to the camera, sucks.

bikiniarmorbattledamage:

So Nintendo decided to release alternative outfits for the Zero Suit Samus in new Smash Bros. Their official statement on it goes:

Thanks to the determination of her female designer, these Zero Suit outfits got completed in time. From the ending of Metroid: Zero Mission, here’s Samus in shorts!

You can use the same outfit variations in both the 3DS and Wii U versions.

"Thanks to the determination of her female designer", huh? What a bizzarely specific statement.
Reads more like “See, SEE? Women not only love skimpy outfits on female characters, they personally put them in games! She was DETERMINED to do it, even!”

I’m feeling like "a woman designed it, so it can not be detrimental to womankind in any way!" is some secret lost square in the Female Armor Rhetoric Bingo

As for anyone who’d gladly claim that those are canon costumes from her earlier games: YES, THEY ARE. You know what exactly they are in canon? LEISURE OUTFITS. Samus wears them after her mission is over. She’s supposed to chill in those shorts, not fight.

Just the same, Zero Suit is basically underwear to her armor and Zero Mission’s whole point was to play Samus at her most vulnerable.

Again, how does any costume other than power armor make sense in the context of brutal tournament that is Smash Bros games?

And no, I don’t take “this series is all about fanservice” for an answer.
The designers used up all the Pointless Fanservice Points when they gave her shoes so impossible they barely resemble stripper boots.

PS: Those heels look as idiotic as when they were first released.

PPS: Her anatomy and the poses she takes, especially in the first picture, are as much (if not more) broken as ever.

Guess the developers still like Samus promotion pics being a major candidate for an eschergirls post.

~Ozzie

I love when companies pretend that female developers have total autonomy over projects - it’s not like they answer to managers and executives who hired them to do a specific task.

It’s not like video games is an industry where employment is highly competitive or that employment in game is renown for being highly demanding at the best of times.

Surely it couldn’t be that these female designers were instructed by male managers and that the company expects their female designers to do this kind of work or find work elsewhere!

- wincenworks

Hmmm I don’t think what she’s wearing is part of the problem though (except for those fucking high heel jets). It’s kind of a weak argument to focus on that and say it doesn’t make sense in the context of Smash, considering it’s a ridiculous game where there are plenty of characters to begin with that have never canonically been fighters (I don’t think Peach is wearing chain mail under her dress, and I don’t think the Villager’s t-shirt is made from steel).

What is shitty is her so called “updated and improved” design and poses, and the way Nintendo’s been promoting it. The fact that Sakurai felt the need to mention that the designer was a woman means he’s probably aware of this shit but he’s not doing anything to stop it. And yet he absolutely MUST use those weird escher-like poses to reveal what would be an otherwise casual/athletic get-up (minus the stupid fucking jet heels)? Hmmm….

kenzibirds:

bikiniarmorbattledamage:

Female Armor Rhetoric BINGO (PDF) by OzzieScribbler (again, yours truly)
A week after successfully publishing the Female Armor Bingo, I present to you its spin-off: Female Armor Rhetoric Bingo!
This card refers to the defenses/apologia that’s used against the critique of skimpy female warrior outfits.I did my best to collect the most pervasive arguments used to justify bikini armors and similar costumes.
Rules and terms of use and info on licensing HERE. Merchandise available here.
Very special thanks to ami-angelwings of eschergirls fame for suggesting back in 2013 to make two bingo cards (original unpublished version was a mix of the tropes and arguments defending them).
Breakdown of all the squares under the cut.
Read More

this is hella legit

and hella relevant right now, considering I can fill most of the card out just from everything I’ve read today.

kenzibirds:

bikiniarmorbattledamage:

Female Armor Rhetoric BINGO (PDF) by OzzieScribbler (again, yours truly)

A week after successfully publishing the Female Armor Bingo, I present to you its spin-off: Female Armor Rhetoric Bingo!

This card refers to the defenses/apologia that’s used against the critique of skimpy female warrior outfits.
I did my best to collect the most pervasive arguments used to justify bikini armors and similar costumes.

Rules and terms of use and info on licensing HERE. Merchandise available here.

Very special thanks to ami-angelwings of eschergirls fame for suggesting back in 2013 to make two bingo cards (original unpublished version was a mix of the tropes and arguments defending them).

Breakdown of all the squares under the cut.

Read More

this is hella legit

and hella relevant right now, considering I can fill most of the card out just from everything I’ve read today.

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

mrmachupichu:

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

mrmachupichu:

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

latticearchive:
Something else to consider along the lines of seeing the player character without their armor as a reward, the Halo franchise did the same thing at the end of halo 4, but all you ever see is Chief’s head, and only for a fraction of a second. The idea of seeing a more human side of the previously faceless character you’ve spent an entire game (or series!) with appeals to me in the same way having a friend over the internet does. I get to know their personality and what they do first, and the physical appearance comes last. With that in mind, I think Samus deserves better in SSB4. She’s more than just eye candy.
I agree, and Retro did the Zero Suit justice by not exaggerating her proportions and not making the suit about fanservice. In the end of Prime 3 the “body shot” is a very quick scan upward from her feet to her face, just to give you the basic idea of the body underneath the suit, and that’s it. The first Prime, of course, showed only a head shot.
The design of her face in Prime 2 was reminiscent of Zero Mission: stylized along the lines of a typical superheroine, but in the first and third games she has this wonderful depth to her expression.
She’s already a riveting character, without explicit story elements in so many of her games. Her actual story has so much potential, and it’s largely been sidetracked for creepy 50 Shades-esque crap and fanservice. She does deserve so much better.

It’s like they accidentally made a great character, but completely missed out on why people love her so much.

I have to wonder if the people who aren’t dumbfounded by her recent designs were even there in the beginning, or at least there for Super Metroid and Metroid Prime. I wonder if they felt any sense of awe at the unfolding of her story in the first Prime game, and if they wondered how a human girl raised by mythical alien birds to become a god-like space warrior would actually think or behave. Did they really imagine her investing in rocket heels at the end of the day?  
When I think of Samus I think someone who is the opposite of mundane and stereotypical. I think of quotes like this, an unused narration from Metroid Prime:
"The cosmos. In the vast universe, the history of humanity is but a flash of light from a lone star. The light of a single person should be lost in space and time. But among the stars, there is one light that burns brighter than all others: the light of Samus Aran. Her battles extend beyond her life and etch themselves into history." 

I think one of the coolest things about Samus is how you can actually understand everything about her just from what she does through gameplay. At least until Other M came in and vomited exposition (and destroyed her character, which might even be more offensive than her current problem right now).In fact I think I started thinking about her character more after watching an Extra Credits episode on Other M. I’m sure it’s worth another watch now.You know…the fact that Nintendo actually trusted Team Ninja (“Boob Physics”) with making a Metroid game kind of tells you how superficial the company (or maybe Sakamoto?) might see Samus at this point.I hope I’ll be proven wrong someday (Oh man please let Retro help her out), but until then I’m kind of bummed…

Me too, but I’ve really appreciated all of your input, and it’s even cheered me up, so thank you!
My mantra of late has also been along the lines of, “SAVE US, RETRO!”

Oh it’s no problem at all. I’m glad I could help in some way.Indeed. I feel like they’re currently the only dev right now that can steer away from this shit.

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

mrmachupichu:

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

mrmachupichu:

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

latticearchive:

Something else to consider along the lines of seeing the player character without their armor as a reward, the Halo franchise did the same thing at the end of halo 4, but all you ever see is Chief’s head, and only for a fraction of a second. The idea of seeing a more human side of the previously faceless character you’ve spent an entire game (or series!) with appeals to me in the same way having a friend over the internet does. I get to know their personality and what they do first, and the physical appearance comes last. With that in mind, I think Samus deserves better in SSB4. She’s more than just eye candy.

I agree, and Retro did the Zero Suit justice by not exaggerating her proportions and not making the suit about fanservice. In the end of Prime 3 the “body shot” is a very quick scan upward from her feet to her face, just to give you the basic idea of the body underneath the suit, and that’s it. The first Prime, of course, showed only a head shot.

The design of her face in Prime 2 was reminiscent of Zero Mission: stylized along the lines of a typical superheroine, but in the first and third games she has this wonderful depth to her expression.

She’s already a riveting character, without explicit story elements in so many of her games. Her actual story has so much potential, and it’s largely been sidetracked for creepy 50 Shades-esque crap and fanservice. She does deserve so much better.

It’s like they accidentally made a great character, but completely missed out on why people love her so much.

I have to wonder if the people who aren’t dumbfounded by her recent designs were even there in the beginning, or at least there for Super Metroid and Metroid Prime. I wonder if they felt any sense of awe at the unfolding of her story in the first Prime game, and if they wondered how a human girl raised by mythical alien birds to become a god-like space warrior would actually think or behave. Did they really imagine her investing in rocket heels at the end of the day?  

When I think of Samus I think someone who is the opposite of mundane and stereotypical. I think of quotes like this, an unused narration from Metroid Prime:

"The cosmos. In the vast universe, the history of humanity is but a flash of light from a lone star. The light of a single person should be lost in space and time. But among the stars, there is one light that burns brighter than all others: the light of Samus Aran. Her battles extend beyond her life and etch themselves into history." 

I think one of the coolest things about Samus is how you can actually understand everything about her just from what she does through gameplay. At least until Other M came in and vomited exposition (and destroyed her character, which might even be more offensive than her current problem right now).
In fact I think I started thinking about her character more after watching an Extra Credits episode on Other M. I’m sure it’s worth another watch now.
You know…the fact that Nintendo actually trusted Team Ninja (“Boob Physics”) with making a Metroid game kind of tells you how superficial the company (or maybe Sakamoto?) might see Samus at this point.

I hope I’ll be proven wrong someday (Oh man please let Retro help her out), but until then I’m kind of bummed…

Me too, but I’ve really appreciated all of your input, and it’s even cheered me up, so thank you!

My mantra of late has also been along the lines of, “SAVE US, RETRO!”

Oh it’s no problem at all. I’m glad I could help in some way.
Indeed. I feel like they’re currently the only dev right now that can steer away from this shit.

(Source: withswordinhand)

kenzibirds:

turmoilengage:

Zero Suit Samus has a new costume

arausito:

And guess what…image

It looks amazing. But, I’m just waiting for the people to complain about it. Like, really? REALLY? For a fighting game, this doesn’t look indicent or offensive.

"This is Sexual Objectification"

Has anyone played Street Fighter?

image

Soul Calibur?

image

or…

If people decide they want to complain about this, they obviously don’t understand the fact that NINTENDO HAS EVERY RIGHT TO DO WITH THEIR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AS THEY PLEASE.

Samus does not “belong” to the fans, she is not “ours”. Ultimately, her design is a product of Nintendo, and the people who complain that she’s being over-sexualized clearly attempt to demonstrate authority over a character that isn’t theirs.

If you want a female character that adheres to your standards, make your own. It really isn’t that hard.

And what you don’t understand is that nobody’s complaining that Nintendo has no legal right to do this. So why are you even bringing that topic up? Legal right, yes. Moral right? I don’t think so. Nobody’s claiming ownership over her. Us girls are just fucking tired of seeing ourselves presented as sexual objects. It happens to girls WAY more often than it happens to boys and it perpetuates misogyny and hurts the self esteem of young girls. If we are presented in media as being valued more than boys for our sexual attractiveness, we are not being valued as complex humans as much as boys are. Nintendo absolutely has the power to decide to do what they want with their character, and they made a decision that is hurtful. We have a right to be unhappy and hold them responsible for their decision.

And the last thing you say makes no sense. We can make female characters of our own while still criticizing poor representation of our gender. You present these two ideas like they’re mutually exclusive, but they aren’t. Plus, most girls don’t have the power and influence Nintendo does so it’d not like us creating out own characters has the kind of impact that Nintendo’s characters do. It’s really not a fair thing to say.

Your whole commentary is a mess. You should keep quiet about this topic until you understand WHY people are complaining about it. Based on your commentary, you have no idea. In this situation, instead of talking, try listening.

What a bullshit argument to say “oh well this isn’t sexualized because it’s even WORSE in other fighting games so it’s a non issue.”

Being “less” sexually objectified doesn’t mean it’s not sexual objectification. You know what makes it NOT sexually objectification and therefore not a problem?

When she’s not fucking sexually objectified. That doesn’t appear to be the case, does it?

Does anyone here follow Super Smash? Reactions to the new Samus out fit?

Anonymous

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

kh-info-block:

I DOOOOOOO. Smash is easily my favorite video game series ever. Mad hyped. Okay fanboying over. 

Anyways, the outfit itself isn’t an issue. Like many have pointed out, it’s an outfit she’s worn before (both of them), and I see girls wear stuff like that all the time at the gym. However…..

The outfit isn’t the issue. 

It’s the way that Zero Suit Samus is constantly being sexualized. Now before I go on, I think Sakurai’s a pretty great guy overall. Sure, I disagree with his stance on the casual/competitive balance, but he makes great decisions overall. In fact, he’s clearly been making a push to add more female representation in the upcoming entries, and I think we can respect that.

Unfortunately, Samus isn’t seeing any of that progressive portrayal of women. I mean, just look at her fucking body. No, the problem isn’t her breasts or butt (I mean, I personally don’t think that’s too much of an issue), it’s the way the rest of her body is seriously deformed in order to accentuate her more sexual features. Just look at any screenshot of her, her stomach is seriously fucked up, and she does some weird stuff with her arms during certain animations. Why? So we can look at her chest no problem.

And some might say, “Well Samus has always been sexualized, Sakurai’s not doing anything wrong with her character”. And that’s absolutely true, Samus, to some degree, has always been sort of sexualized. In my eyes, it’s never been an issue until now (or Other M, I suppose) because it wasn’t such a huge part of her character. Sakurai’s embracing this one bad egg to a ridiculous degree. You can’t honestly say the way Samus looks here isn’t far more sexy than the Metroid games.

And, honestly, my biggest issue is that he points out it’s a female designer who made the costumes. Really? Of all the posts you’ve had, there hasn’t been a single mention of a designer or developer, certainly not their gender. It’s a blatant attempt to shrug off the blame. Doesn’t change the fact that he’s the director, and it’s his say in the end. “Hey a girl made this so it’s okay!” doesn’t really fly.

So, all in all, I’m fine with the outfit. I like it asides from those fucking high heels(And no, just because they have rockets doesn’t mean they’re perfectly okay, she could’ve had normal rocket shoes). It’s just adding to the much larger problem of Samus’ demeaning portrayal in Smash Bros……

….But I will probably use it, because I do like the design. =3

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My opinions have a fair bit of overlap with the above, but I wrote them separately, so, just for the heck of it, here goes:

You know, I feel like I’m becoming a little bit predictable here, but, uh…screw it, I kind of hate them. They are really, truly, incredibly dumb.

Sakurai said:  «Looking at the number of days we have left for development, it would be an impossible task to create this... That's what I told my staff. But thanks to the determination of her female designer, these Zero Suit outfits got completed in time. From the ending of Metroid: Zero Mission, here's Samus in shorts!» 19.Aug.2014

"But, dude, these costumes are, like, historical, you know? They’re a major piece of the series’ lore! It’s not like they were just made up this morning for the sake of sex appeal,"

You’re right: These costumes were created several years ago for sex appeal, but…precisely what about that is supposed to make the situation better? Nothing, if you ask me. The fact that they were pulled from earlier games doesn’t make them any better, and it certainly doesn’t make them any less uncomfortable for me. Frankly, they were even more troubling in the context of their original games, where they were used as rewards for the player. That’s literally objectifying her, turning her increasingly bare body into a trophy for the players who finished the game with certain completion percentage or within a given time.

And we clearly can’t write them off as the nothing more than the quirky, inoffensive foibles of a bygone age when the costumes are STILL being used for the sole purpose of sex appeal this very day. They were put in Smash for the cheap and tawdry titillation factor, and that’s precisely how they’re being received by the fan base, too. You only need to take a cursory glance over the various online Smash Bros. communities to see that. Not get too explicitly on what’s supposed to be  family-friendly blog, but, uh, this certain line from Guardians of the Galaxy about “a Jackson Pollock painting” certainly applies to the condition of most Smash forums in the immediate wake of these costumes’ announcement.

"But that does that mean it’s bad whenever any female character shows any skin at all? Isn’t that really prudish and repressive?”

It would be, if I were saying that.

In real life, yes, of course, everyone should have the right to wear whatever the heck they want for whatever reason they want, and no one should have the right to judge them personally for whatever decision they have to make. But Samus isn’t a real person. She’s a character. Which means that in a lot of ways — in most ways, in fact — she’s directly analogous to a real person, but one thing she lacks is that most critical factor: the ability to make her own decisions about who she is and what she wears. In the most literal sense, on the most literal level, “Samus” is not an autonomous, living, breathing entity with the human capacity for introspection and choice. “Samus” is an imaginary concept subject to the whims and urges of the writers, artists, directors, producers, and marketing people who create and control her. So, while we would never, ever have the right to the critique the attire chosen by a living, breathing, autonomous person, we do have the right to question the choices imposed upon this human-analogue by the writers and the producers and other people in charge who, frankly, who may not have the character’s best interests at heart. Sad as it is to say, not all creators treat their creations with a lot of respect.

Like…look at this, for example.

https://38.media.tumblr.com/0c9f47456eb0aa65b5987bfcf77ae8c3/tumblr_n4ixcnM8Fi1sntotwo1_1280.png

"We’ve improved the pose Samus strikes when she fires the Paralyzer."

Okay.

That’s nice.

But, um…why does “improving her pose” mean popping her shoulder out of its socket? I mean, look at what’s happening up there. That is not a natural human motion. Her arm has been dislocated, and for what? So she can aim her gun without it covering up her chest.

Oh.

That’s… That’s what passes for an “improvement” around here?

Or, heck, look at the poses back up there in the first picture. Look at the way the blue one is cocking her hips, thrusting her butt out. Now try and find a pose where she isn’t doing that.

http://i.imgur.com/FFynqHq.png

http://i.imgur.com/kYxsDWn.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6Iup16D.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/d5YQjpi.jpg

It’s kind of hard! She even does it while she’s doing a back flip! The producers have taken away this woman’s ability to just stand straight.

Now, let’s go back to the first picture.

Sakurai said:  «Looking at the number of days we have left for development, it would be an impossible task to create this... That's what I told my staff. But thanks to the determination of her female designer, these Zero Suit outfits got completed in time. From the ending of Metroid: Zero Mission, here's Samus in shorts!» 19.Aug.2014

Take a look at what’s happening with her stomach and her leg. Does she have bones and muscle and organs in her at all, or is she made of pipe cleaners? Her belly is, like, collapsing in on itself, and her leg is being twisted in way that looks like it should result in a broken ankle. (Really, this happens whenever she aims her gun, regardless of her costume, but I feel like this one really highlight it because the bare skin rules out the possibility of just weird folds in her suit or something. It truly is her flesh and bone warping around in weird and impossible ways.)

But, hey, they “improved” her stance, right?

Right?

Alright, so, let’s go back to the main point here, the costumes themselves. Specifically, the tops. Does anyone else see anything really wrong with those sports bras? Like, in the way that they’re hugging the precise contours of each individual breast? I’ve never seen a sports bra that actually does that, even for more amply endowed women. If anything, sports bra actually tend to have a bit of a flattening effect — because, after all, the entire point of them is to hold the breasts in place firmly and securely, controlling things like “bounce” as much as possible. Oh, but the developers couldn’t do that, could they? Apparently, they could contort her arms and her legs and her stomach as much as they wanted, but they just couldn’t compromise the integrity of her chest. After all, if they did that, what would be the point of warping her arm out of the way whenever she goes for her gun? That would just look silly in that case.

So, I mean, all this really makes me wonder why these costumes were brought in for Smash. Is it because they developers wanted to show that, as a character, Samus is really comfortable in her own skin and chooses to wear clothes like these when she can? Because that would have been legitimate. That would have been good. But, no, I can’t bring myself to believe that. I think they were just looking for one more really cheap way to sell this game to all the adolescent males out there. And that’s kind of creepy. That makes me feel bad.

You know, it’s not enough to keep me from buying the game or using this character. But it’s certainly enough to keep me from using these costumes. In and of themselves, I think they probably could have been fine. But in the broader context of the game, with everything else the developers have done to and with the character, they just make me feel icky.

*applause*

http://not-your-zero-suit-sex-object.tumblr.com/post/95258979425/rhapsody-in-blues

rhapsody-in-blues:

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

xph03n1xx86:

rhapsody-in-blues:

Nintendo when I said I want more Samus I did not mean that I wanted you to model her after the average beach volleyball player.

This is bullshit and you know it. Samus is a 6’3” hunk of…

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

mrmachupichu:

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

latticearchive:
Something else to consider along the lines of seeing the player character without their armor as a reward, the Halo franchise did the same thing at the end of halo 4, but all you ever see is Chief’s head, and only for a fraction of a second. The idea of seeing a more human side of the previously faceless character you’ve spent an entire game (or series!) with appeals to me in the same way having a friend over the internet does. I get to know their personality and what they do first, and the physical appearance comes last. With that in mind, I think Samus deserves better in SSB4. She’s more than just eye candy.
I agree, and Retro did the Zero Suit justice by not exaggerating her proportions and not making the suit about fanservice. In the end of Prime 3 the “body shot” is a very quick scan upward from her feet to her face, just to give you the basic idea of the body underneath the suit, and that’s it. The first Prime, of course, showed only a head shot.
The design of her face in Prime 2 was reminiscent of Zero Mission: stylized along the lines of a typical superheroine, but in the first and third games she has this wonderful depth to her expression.
She’s already a riveting character, without explicit story elements in so many of her games. Her actual story has so much potential, and it’s largely been sidetracked for creepy 50 Shades-esque crap and fanservice. She does deserve so much better.

It’s like they accidentally made a great character, but completely missed out on why people love her so much.

I have to wonder if the people who aren’t dumbfounded by her recent designs were even there in the beginning, or at least there for Super Metroid and Metroid Prime. I wonder if they felt any sense of awe at the unfolding of her story in the first Prime game, and if they wondered how a human girl raised by mythical alien birds to become a god-like space warrior would actually think or behave. Did they really imagine her investing in rocket heels at the end of the day?  
When I think of Samus I think someone who is the opposite of mundane and stereotypical. I think of quotes like this, an unused narration from Metroid Prime:
"The cosmos. In the vast universe, the history of humanity is but a flash of light from a lone star. The light of a single person should be lost in space and time. But among the stars, there is one light that burns brighter than all others: the light of Samus Aran. Her battles extend beyond her life and etch themselves into history." 

I think one of the coolest things about Samus is how you can actually understand everything about her just from what she does through gameplay. At least until Other M came in and vomited exposition (and destroyed her character, which might even be more offensive than her current problem right now).In fact I think I started thinking about her character more after watching an Extra Credits episode on Other M. I’m sure it’s worth another watch now.You know…the fact that Nintendo actually trusted Team Ninja (“Boob Physics”) with making a Metroid game kind of tells you how superficial the company (or maybe Sakamoto?) might see Samus at this point.I hope I’ll be proven wrong someday (Oh man please let Retro help her out), but until then I’m kind of bummed…

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

mrmachupichu:

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

latticearchive:

Something else to consider along the lines of seeing the player character without their armor as a reward, the Halo franchise did the same thing at the end of halo 4, but all you ever see is Chief’s head, and only for a fraction of a second. The idea of seeing a more human side of the previously faceless character you’ve spent an entire game (or series!) with appeals to me in the same way having a friend over the internet does. I get to know their personality and what they do first, and the physical appearance comes last. With that in mind, I think Samus deserves better in SSB4. She’s more than just eye candy.

I agree, and Retro did the Zero Suit justice by not exaggerating her proportions and not making the suit about fanservice. In the end of Prime 3 the “body shot” is a very quick scan upward from her feet to her face, just to give you the basic idea of the body underneath the suit, and that’s it. The first Prime, of course, showed only a head shot.

The design of her face in Prime 2 was reminiscent of Zero Mission: stylized along the lines of a typical superheroine, but in the first and third games she has this wonderful depth to her expression.

She’s already a riveting character, without explicit story elements in so many of her games. Her actual story has so much potential, and it’s largely been sidetracked for creepy 50 Shades-esque crap and fanservice. She does deserve so much better.

It’s like they accidentally made a great character, but completely missed out on why people love her so much.

I have to wonder if the people who aren’t dumbfounded by her recent designs were even there in the beginning, or at least there for Super Metroid and Metroid Prime. I wonder if they felt any sense of awe at the unfolding of her story in the first Prime game, and if they wondered how a human girl raised by mythical alien birds to become a god-like space warrior would actually think or behave. Did they really imagine her investing in rocket heels at the end of the day?  

When I think of Samus I think someone who is the opposite of mundane and stereotypical. I think of quotes like this, an unused narration from Metroid Prime:

"The cosmos. In the vast universe, the history of humanity is but a flash of light from a lone star. The light of a single person should be lost in space and time. But among the stars, there is one light that burns brighter than all others: the light of Samus Aran. Her battles extend beyond her life and etch themselves into history." 

I think one of the coolest things about Samus is how you can actually understand everything about her just from what she does through gameplay. At least until Other M came in and vomited exposition (and destroyed her character, which might even be more offensive than her current problem right now).
In fact I think I started thinking about her character more after watching an Extra Credits episode on Other M. I’m sure it’s worth another watch now.
You know…the fact that Nintendo actually trusted Team Ninja (“Boob Physics”) with making a Metroid game kind of tells you how superficial the company (or maybe Sakamoto?) might see Samus at this point.

I hope I’ll be proven wrong someday (Oh man please let Retro help her out), but until then I’m kind of bummed…

(Source: withswordinhand)

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

latticearchive:

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

withswordinhand:

I looked at this and felt awful. So I need to write this down as a form of venting because this is a bit difficult to articulate.
Two sides to how I feel about this:
1) Women expressing themselves through their clothing, or lack thereof, is awesome. We should be championing women to wear whatever they want. They should not have to deal with external pressures dictating standards of beauty or decorum. Women should be free of this.
2) But Samus didn’t dress herself. She didn’t go to her closet or her drawers and pick out a, rather stylish, two piece gym outfit. She didn’t pick the colors. Someone else did. Her designer did. And, as Sakurai tells us, that was a woman. So we got another layer of nuance to this clusterfuck.
I understand Smash Bros. paying tribute or homage to old Nintendo classics. Trust me, I get it. The franchise is built upon earning as many nostalgia points as possible. That’s why we love the series.
But, let’s be real here for a second. Just because these outfits were part of an old Metroid game doesn’t mean they are exempt from criticism. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t like the outfits presented at the end of Metroid games, in general. I don’t like it that a progressively exposed Samus is a reward for completing the games under a certain time frame or after collecting all there is to collect.
I don’t like, and have never liked, Samus as a reward or trophy. 
This is, perhaps, the greatest frustration I have against the Metroid series. It’s a fantastic series, sure, but that “tradition” of giving the player a bikini-wearing or tight spandex suit-wearing or a two-piece-wearing Samus is just awful and it perpetuates harmful ideas about women.
Women are not rewards, trophies, or anything of the kind. They are not objects or prizes to be won. 
All in all, this is why the alternate skin presented today by Sakurai kind of bothers me. Because it’s an homage to a part of Metroid that I don’t like. Plus, this alternate skin with those heels looks terrible, or at least plain tacky. Like that is not an OK combination. But I made my case about the heels in a series of older posts.
One last thing, I’ve seen a good chunk of the feminist-gamer sector on Tumblr angry and displeased with this outfit. And it frustrates me that so many other people (typically, white heterosexual gamers) are dismissing that anger or outright harassing and bullying these wonderful women who have simply committed the sin of speaking up and raising their voices.
We can have a serious and civil discussion about these issues and the sexualization and objectification of Samus in both canon and non-canon video games, art, and other media. But only if we stop labeling very valid claims and important voices as “feminazi bullshit”.
I’m done ranting. What does the community think about this?

I get that it’s problematic that these are reminiscent of the Samus-as-a-reward aspect of the Metroid games. That shit can take a hike, and that they used that to further the fanservice aspect of an already problematic game is gross now that I think about it. 
Still, these outfits aren’t inherently more sexualized than the Zero Suit at this point. When I initially saw the outfits I rolled my eyes at the fact that they were going that much farther with the fanservice, but I honestly didn’t think it was that big of a deal, what with the already horrendous flaws in the character design. That she was essentially wearing gym clothes and still wearing those hypergendered rocket heels was… cringeworthy. I’ve thrown up my hands at this game producing anything good where Samus’ design is concerned.
The antifem response to this development was disgusting and idiotic.
All in all, the fact remains that Samus’ body itself isn’t the problem. It’s the hypersexual portrayal of it— the unrealistic proportions, the fucking Bayonetta shoes, the purposefully revealing poses, and, yes, the idea that it is a reward for skilled gameplay. It’s like male game-designers can’t show a female body without tacking on all of this patriarchal bullshit, and for Samus in particular the sexualization problem has recently become far worse. 

Something else to consider along the lines of seeing the player character without their armor as a reward, the Halo franchise did the same thing at the end of halo 4, but all you ever see is Chief’s head, and only for a fraction of a second. The idea of seeing a more human side of the previously faceless character you’ve spent an entire game (or series!) with appeals to me in the same way having a friend over the internet does. I get to know their personality and what they do first, and the physical appearance comes last. With that in mind, I think Samus deserves better in SSB4. She’s more than just eye candy.

I agree, and Retro did the Zero Suit justice by not exaggerating her proportions and not making the suit about fanservice. In the end of Prime 3 the “body shot” is a very quick scan upward from her feet to her face, just to give you the basic idea of the body underneath the suit, and that’s it. The first Prime, of course, showed only a head shot.
The design of her face in Prime 2 was reminiscent of Zero Mission: stylized along the lines of a typical superheroine, but in the first and third games she has this wonderful depth to her expression.
She’s already a riveting character, without explicit story elements in so many of her games. Her actual story has so much potential, and it’s largely been sidetracked for creepy 50 Shades-esque crap and fanservice. She does deserve so much better.

It’s like they accidentally made a great character, but completely missed out on why people love her so much.

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

latticearchive:

not-your-zero-suit-sex-object:

withswordinhand:

I looked at this and felt awful. So I need to write this down as a form of venting because this is a bit difficult to articulate.

Two sides to how I feel about this:

1) Women expressing themselves through their clothing, or lack thereof, is awesome. We should be championing women to wear whatever they want. They should not have to deal with external pressures dictating standards of beauty or decorum. Women should be free of this.

2) But Samus didn’t dress herself. She didn’t go to her closet or her drawers and pick out a, rather stylish, two piece gym outfit. She didn’t pick the colors. Someone else did. Her designer did. And, as Sakurai tells us, that was a woman. So we got another layer of nuance to this clusterfuck.

I understand Smash Bros. paying tribute or homage to old Nintendo classics. Trust me, I get it. The franchise is built upon earning as many nostalgia points as possible. That’s why we love the series.

But, let’s be real here for a second. Just because these outfits were part of an old Metroid game doesn’t mean they are exempt from criticism. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t like the outfits presented at the end of Metroid games, in general. I don’t like it that a progressively exposed Samus is a reward for completing the games under a certain time frame or after collecting all there is to collect.

I don’t like, and have never liked, Samus as a reward or trophy.

This is, perhaps, the greatest frustration I have against the Metroid series. It’s a fantastic series, sure, but that “tradition” of giving the player a bikini-wearing or tight spandex suit-wearing or a two-piece-wearing Samus is just awful and it perpetuates harmful ideas about women.

Women are not rewards, trophies, or anything of the kind. They are not objects or prizes to be won. 

All in all, this is why the alternate skin presented today by Sakurai kind of bothers me. Because it’s an homage to a part of Metroid that I don’t like. Plus, this alternate skin with those heels looks terrible, or at least plain tacky. Like that is not an OK combination. But I made my case about the heels in a series of older posts.

One last thing, I’ve seen a good chunk of the feminist-gamer sector on Tumblr angry and displeased with this outfit. And it frustrates me that so many other people (typically, white heterosexual gamers) are dismissing that anger or outright harassing and bullying these wonderful women who have simply committed the sin of speaking up and raising their voices.

We can have a serious and civil discussion about these issues and the sexualization and objectification of Samus in both canon and non-canon video games, art, and other media. But only if we stop labeling very valid claims and important voices as “feminazi bullshit”.

I’m done ranting. What does the community think about this?

I get that it’s problematic that these are reminiscent of the Samus-as-a-reward aspect of the Metroid games. That shit can take a hike, and that they used that to further the fanservice aspect of an already problematic game is gross now that I think about it. 

Still, these outfits aren’t inherently more sexualized than the Zero Suit at this point. When I initially saw the outfits I rolled my eyes at the fact that they were going that much farther with the fanservice, but I honestly didn’t think it was that big of a deal, what with the already horrendous flaws in the character design. That she was essentially wearing gym clothes and still wearing those hypergendered rocket heels was… cringeworthy. I’ve thrown up my hands at this game producing anything good where Samus’ design is concerned.

The antifem response to this development was disgusting and idiotic.

All in all, the fact remains that Samus’ body itself isn’t the problem. It’s the hypersexual portrayal of it— the unrealistic proportions, the fucking Bayonetta shoes, the purposefully revealing poses, and, yes, the idea that it is a reward for skilled gameplay. It’s like male game-designers can’t show a female body without tacking on all of this patriarchal bullshit, and for Samus in particular the sexualization problem has recently become far worse. 

Something else to consider along the lines of seeing the player character without their armor as a reward, the Halo franchise did the same thing at the end of halo 4, but all you ever see is Chief’s head, and only for a fraction of a second. The idea of seeing a more human side of the previously faceless character you’ve spent an entire game (or series!) with appeals to me in the same way having a friend over the internet does. I get to know their personality and what they do first, and the physical appearance comes last. With that in mind, I think Samus deserves better in SSB4. She’s more than just eye candy.

I agree, and Retro did the Zero Suit justice by not exaggerating her proportions and not making the suit about fanservice. In the end of Prime 3 the “body shot” is a very quick scan upward from her feet to her face, just to give you the basic idea of the body underneath the suit, and that’s it. The first Prime, of course, showed only a head shot.

The design of her face in Prime 2 was reminiscent of Zero Mission: stylized along the lines of a typical superheroine, but in the first and third games she has this wonderful depth to her expression.

She’s already a riveting character, without explicit story elements in so many of her games. Her actual story has so much potential, and it’s largely been sidetracked for creepy 50 Shades-esque crap and fanservice. She does deserve so much better.

It’s like they accidentally made a great character, but completely missed out on why people love her so much.

moooogle:

"What, are you going to be playing video games when you’re in your thirties?"

Uh, yeah.

I’m curious over what people think about Samus’ alternate costume in Smash.

What actually disturbs me about the news isn’t at all her alt (‘cause I mean….they’re basically gym clothes. Though I was hoping they’d also do something about those jet stilettos and her missing ribs), but the way some articles are sexualizing it themselves (I believe IGN called it “skimpy?”. I swear I thought I was reading TMZ at some point or something.)

Her updated design was already frustrating, but I don’t think what she’s wearing is really part of the problem (er…except for those heels), especially when it seems more viable than a skin-tight body suit.