@avatarwill113​ submitted:

Have you heard that Shelob will be in Shadow of War (Shadow of Mordor sequel)?

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Ah, Shelob the terrifying giant spider. I wonder what they’ll do with her…

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Oh. They’ll give her the ability to turn into a generic sexy women. I can only assume they wanted name recognition, but they also wanted “Sex Appeal” so here we are. Why they couldn’t make up their own generic sexy women, I don’t know. 

Of course we’re at the stage in popculture  when even a giant arachnid has to appear as a “sexy” human woman, even though it certainly wouldn’t go that way if the character was male
Since she was unambiguously a spider in the LotR books and movies, we look forward to seeing what random human character they plan to turn into a spider in the next game. That’s only fair.

Took the liberty of joining this submission with the new Jimquisition episode that discusses Shelob’s sexy humanization (and the compulsory sexualization of female characters in general) in detail. 

Jim’s video makes some welcome references to related topics we discussed on the blog, too:

I’ll leave you with that quote from the episode:

The way Monolith is doing Shelob has been done to death, basically. Even ignoring anything social justice-y, it’s creatively so very, very done. There loads of engaging and interesting things you could do with a massive sentient spider – shexy Shelob isn’t one of them.

~Ozzie 

Personally I’m not sure what’s funnier, that not only is Shelob apparently going to fill in the narrative role of Morrigan (a sexy woman who can turn into a spider) but also like they saw the introduction for other famous video game spider lady, Queelag of Dark Souls:

Then decided that perhaps the combination of horror and titilation would be too confusing for their intended audience and decided to go full sexy (and boring).

– wincenworks

Vikings: War Of Clans

@avatarwill113 submitted:

I can’t believe it’s not porn.It’s the advertisement for the latest strategy game Vikings;War Of Clans!

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When I thinking Viking I think uncomfortable underwear. She has a good helmet, shame about everything else. I’m sure this will sell millions of copies, and certainly won’t be forgotten within a month.

Well, given it’s from the creators of Stormfall, Total Domination, Nords and of course Sparta: War of Empires (who had an affiliate actual steal images from a porn movie cover once) and include promotional imagery like this:

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It’s not terribly surprising to discover that this image,which is hosted on a major affiliate networking site that makes bold promises:

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Is actually fetish art, literally off deviantArt*, and the fetish in this case is highly sexualized female gladiators brutally killing each other.  This is apparently, a stock standard image that the affiliate site keeps on their servers just in case they get a client they think will match that.

I can’t be the only one who thinks this is all more than a little messed up that a major advertiser thinks this is a great generic fantasy game image. (I don’t even want to think how they found this image in the first place)

– wincenworks

Looks like somebody searched the dA image category of “artistic nude.” Even if we’re stretching suspension of disbelief for the “almost naked gladiator fighters” trope, the design is just… boring. They didn’t even put in the minimal effort of giving her some kind of insignia or blood splatter or anything.

-Icy


*The artwork can be found here. Please be warned that the linked deviantArt account features disturbing content including gore and sexualized death.

Vikings: War Of Clans

@avatarwill113 submitted:

I can’t believe it’s not porn.It’s the advertisement for the latest strategy game Vikings;War Of Clans!

image

When I thinking Viking I think uncomfortable underwear. She has a good helmet, shame about everything else. I’m sure this will sell millions of copies, and certainly won’t be forgotten within a month.

Well, given it’s from the creators of Stormfall, Total Domination, Nords and of course Sparta: War of Empires (who had an affiliate actual steal images from a porn movie cover once) and include promotional imagery like this:

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It’s not terribly surprising to discover that this image,which is hosted on a major affiliate networking site that makes bold promises:

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Is actually fetish art, literally off deviantArt*, and the fetish in this case is highly sexualized female gladiators brutally killing each other.  This is apparently, a stock standard image that the affiliate site keeps on their servers just in case they get a client they think will match that.

I can’t be the only one who thinks this is all more than a little messed up that a major advertiser thinks this is a great generic fantasy game image. (I don’t even want to think how they found this image in the first place)

– wincenworks

Looks like somebody searched the dA image category of “artistic nude.” Even if we’re stretching suspension of disbelief for the “almost naked gladiator fighters” trope, the design is just… boring. They didn’t even put in the minimal effort of giving her some kind of insignia or blood splatter or anything.

-Icy


*The artwork can be found here. Please be warned that the linked deviantArt account features disturbing content including gore and sexualized death.

Black Desert Online

@avatarwill113 submitted:

A Dark Knight from Black Desert Online. It’s so incredible generic and dreadful.

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I do get the feeling that Black Desert Online crew does more research looking through Lady Gaga’s wardrobe than any textbook.  Sadly this doesn’t make them unique in the slightest, just perhaps the most blatant. (x

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Of course, Lady Gaga is trying to get attention through some combination of shock and novelty, and is hopefully not expecting to get trapped in mortal combat at any moment.

– wincenworks

Black Desert Online

@avatarwill113 submitted:

A Dark Knight from Black Desert Online. It’s so incredible generic and dreadful.

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I do get the feeling that Black Desert Online crew does more research looking through Lady Gaga’s wardrobe than any textbook.  Sadly this doesn’t make them unique in the slightest, just perhaps the most blatant. (x

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Of course, Lady Gaga is trying to get attention through some combination of shock and novelty, and is hopefully not expecting to get trapped in mortal combat at any moment.

– wincenworks