AQWorlds: Female Armors Taking It WAY Too Far
Posted by The Peanut Master on December 26, 2008
Reporting once again from Las Vegas (yes, I had a LOT of free time on the drive here):
AE games appeal to a wide variety of age groups, spanning the generations. The most popular age group is, as expected, the teenagers, although teens do not make up all of the player population. There are also a lot of pre-teens playing AE’s games, and while there is technically a 13+ age “requirement”, we all know that if we are following it, it’s only because we’re already old enough anyways, and it’s plainly obvious, especially in AQWorlds where people can talk, that there are tons of little kids playing AE’s games as well.
AE has usually been very good at making sure their games appeal to players of smaller ages, and it’s something they make very clear in their For Parents pages. It is only unfortunate, then, that AQWorlds has already begun to stray away from the G/PG-rated material, in the form of overly revealing… female armors.
The reason such an issue has really come to the forefront is primarily because of the newly released Jester armor. The male version is nice and covered up, but the same can not be said about the female one. As you can see in the picture below, there is tons of extra cleavage where there certainly doesn’t need to be, and the excess of skin all over the place is just way too much.
Honestly, look at it. You can see half of each of the breasts, and there’s even a faint nipple outline on the left breast. That is incredibly over the top and unnecessary, and can easily be avoided, and I am wholly surprised that AE would do such a thing, and stoop to such lows. Furthermore, not only is the Jester armor too revealing, but many more female outfits are as well, creating an inappropriate and inexcusable trend for AQWorlds. The female witch (upper-body skin, thigh), beast warrior (belly, leg, some cleavage), mage (leg), paladin (thigh, jutted out breasts), healer (thigh/leg), berserker (thigh), and warrior (thigh) all have extra revealing elements of the body that just flat-out don’t need to be there, and in many cases, such as the berserker and warrior, revealing body parts are not only inappropriate, but just don’t make sense with the theme of the armor.
The opposing argument to the one I am presenting here is that because AE requires players to be 13+ to play AQWorlds that revealing skin like this is appropriate and acceptable. Technically, these kinds of armors do not breach a 13+ age requirement. But that’s not the point. We all know that while AE “requires” you to be 13+ play AQWorlds, that no one considers AQWorlds to be a teenager game, and there are tons of little kids who lied about their age playing AQWorlds right now. Therefore, AE should not be presenting these images at all to the little kids who are inevitably playing the game (and really not even the older kids either). Furthermore, players wearing these armors are subject to, and have received, inappropriate and abusive comments from other players, which can be fully avoided if the armors were just covered up. In addition, there is also the obvious fact that for a healthy sum of these armors, open skin just doesn’t even make sense. These three arguments make it a no-brainer that what AE is doing with the female armors should not be condoned.
Yes, we know AQWorlds has done a lot of things early in its development that has us questioning the direction of the company (subscription fee, MMO, etc.). While those issues regarding AQWorlds’s development can be argued both ways, this is clearly a one-way issue. The overly revealing female armors trend is unacceptable behavior from AE, and while it’s fine if a little extra skin is shown here and there, going way over the top multiple times is completely and utterly uncalled for. Something needs to change, and it needs to change now (and not AE’s definition of now).
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