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I had a random thought the other day (I really need to shut down these random thoughts and actually plan stuff)...would a game about a topless protagonist work? Would it fly? Would people complain, bitch and moan about it? (More than likely I'm sure.)

I mean, with all the "Free the Nipple" hoopla and nudity being featured in plenty of mainstream games as it is, what if someone were to make a barbarian kind of game, like a Rastan or a Golden Axe, where everyone, including the women, were topless? Nothing sexual about it...just fill the game with action and brutality and just have all the upper bodies exposed whether the character was male, female, a lizardman, a minotaur woman, or what have you.

The idea of putting a bra on a character like this makes it seem like the breasts are so special...almost as if covering up is more sexualizing than exposing them and, at least in the context of this game idea's universe...normalizing breasts.

The design is based on this random practice babe of mine: dualmask.deviantart.com/art/De… I drew this in MediBang Paint and cut her body into segments, all ready for modular animation in Flash, Spriter, Dragonbones or something.

I probably won't go forward with this...if I have time to develop a game idea like this, I have time to get back to work on Jet Dancer...

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zerry Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
There's a difference between "I'm designed to pander to men" nudity and "I'm from a culture that thinks clothing is optional" nudity. Nobody ever bothers with the latter, because it's nudity that revolves around realism rather than sex appeal.

Anatomy time! Unsupported, breasts droop. That is how nature intended it. It allows for a mostly straight, gravity-assisted flow from the milk glands to the nipple, and it's easier to hold and position an infant to nurse that way, too.

If you really want to create a game world that believes shirts are for the weak, the women aren't going to have round, perky breasts that modern men by and large consider "hot". They aren't going to bounce al a Mai Shiranui, they're going to flop like a dog's ears. Dudes everywhere will screech and gnash their teeth at this, their cries of "I CAN'T FAP TO THAT!" echoing across the internet. To which you would point out that the game is not for fapping to and they should go back to DoA, Haydee, or one of the hundreds of game franchises that *do* encourage that sort of thing.

The alternative, of course, is to take the easy route and give the female characters pert round jubblies, as mandated by male expectations. At that point, even if you do nothing else to them (no closeup shots, no pervy jiggling, nothing) then it's still going to be sex object nudity rather than realistic nudity. The game will be hailed as an alright effort in making nudity less of a big deal, but so much more could have been done. 

So what it boils down to is: are you trying to trivialize nudity by making it unsexy and thus do something nobody's really done before, or are you looking to make an R-rated sexy beat-'em-up? There's nothing wrong with either option, it's just a matter of being honest with what your goals really are
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
You know I never have any actual goals.... That's why I've been largely stagnant for the last decade... I'm just becoming more conscious of it now.

Of course I know breasts droop in real life but my work has never been about hyper realism and it never will be, so it has to be aesthetically appealing to me first or it won't hold my interest for long. Hence when or if I animate this, the breasts are going to bounce.

Really one of my sources of inspiration was that one skit from the Heavy Metal, Den, so I guess I am leaning toward the sexy side of things. Still, how it's interpreted will depend on the viewer... But I can't be too concerned about outside opinions when I'm inspired to make something.
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wbd Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work- I think she's well considered design-wise. I especially like the unity of the boots and the rest of her costuming. It all works well.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I was happy with the illustration that inspired her and I thought it would make a great sprite. I've made some adjustments and she's all set for animation. 
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Randommode Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
lol This is my opinion on this: I don't think people would so much complain but where and when they play it sure would be limited XD LOL 
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
That's for sure. It'll be a niche of a niche of a niche. But it'll still be fun to try!
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Randommode Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
lol I think people wouldn't say anything bad XD but you limit it's sales 
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Meh, trying to make money with my work is the reason I haven't gotten anywhere, might as well do stuff for the heck of it.
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burstlion Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I WOULD GO WITH IT

But that's me

I mean

how many topless girl OCs do I have?  At least three on DA and one that I haven't used in years...
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
It would probably fly on Steam, on consoles not so much... :plotting:
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burstlion Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Conan Exiles has cock physics.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah, I heard about that. You've got a point...it could work.
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burstlion Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And more importantly... FOLLOW YOUR TITTIE DREAMS!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:rofl: Yeah...
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burstlion Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The M rating is a beautiful thing!
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