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Today in terrible video game advertising: Soul Calibur V
[caption id="attachment_7433" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="Ivy from Soul Calibur is shown with an image cropped closely on her chest which is largely exposed except for a fur vest. A snake is around her neck. The slogan "Go big or go home" is printed above her cleavage."][/caption] Today in "advertisements that tell me absolutely nothing about the game other than reaffirm that I will not be buying it" features Soul Calibur V, the latest game in the iconic series from Namco Bandai. You know what other images would work just fine for the catchphrase "Go big or go home"? A closeup of an elephant. A Boeing aircraft. An enormous mansion. The planet Earth. All of these things would be just as completely irrelevant to the game as this ad. Sure, it's has the character Ivy from the game, but who in the heck can tell that it's her when her only body feature deemed worthy enough to be displayed in the ad are her completely exposed and overly-shiny boobs? Boke18 on Twitter, a very concerned male gamer says the following: [caption id="attachment_7434" align="aligncenter" width="519" caption="A screenshot of two tweets from Boke18, the first saying "So the fuck what. Ivy is a staple character in the series and has been oversexualised for as long as I can remember." and the second saying "Seriously gamers will cry about any damn thing. Some people won't buy Soul Calibur V because there is a promo pic focusing on Ivy's chest""][/caption] Silly me. How dare I try to change absolutely anything? We should just accept that things are the way they are because that's how they've always been. You know what else we'd still have if we took that stance? Slavery. Women who can't vote. This guy actually claims that Ivy has always been oversexualized. Yet it isn't a big deal, because he is not personally offended. File this game under my neverending list of games that I'm clearly not in the target market to buy. And all this before I've even read a damn thing about the game. [h/t to jaredr, via this link]