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Author: Felix_Arabia
Posted: May 28, 2008 (07:12 AM)
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I think you're trying to tell us something with this review. You're a man, you claim, but otherworldly forces beg to differ. I got a few laughs out of this one.


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Author: dagoss
Posted: May 28, 2008 (02:48 PM)
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I don't think reviewing or (god forbid) liking a game that embodies typical feminine stereotypes is emasculating. The game doesn't emasculate the player, but your review does by gendering it the way you do.

I guess that's more of a complaint against western society than of your review though. I liked the rest of the review!


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Author: BELISARIOS
Posted: May 29, 2008 (09:37 AM)
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Thanks for the comments, friends.

I suppose I wasn't clear in explaining why I felt emasculated. There's nothing wrong with liking a game that doesn't cater to men, I agree with that. But I felt so weak after playing this game because it its presentation was just so sugary and sweet. And since the game wasn't particularly good, it would have been nicer if Takara (they made it) would have spent less time with the gloss and more time with mechanics.

So, I felt emasculated because the developers realized that the best way to apologize for the game's shortcomings was to make things as girly as possible. With that being the case, that's how I felt emasculated. The game just grabbed me and forced me to wear a dress.


It's like jazz music born from the souls of men!


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Author: dagoss
Posted: May 29, 2008 (11:29 AM)
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I guess my point is that it isn't "girly," it's a game. Things in and of themselves aren't exclusive to one gender, they're made so when they are assigned a gender by its users, as your review does by suggesting that X quality is feminizing.

But I digress completely.

I do agree with your point that an attempt was made to mask gameplay shortcomings with a specific style, but I think if we're going to call that style "girly" then we should be prepared to call Halo phallogocentric.


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Author: BELISARIOS
Posted: May 30, 2008 (01:39 PM)
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I never thought of it that way! I think comparing Miracle Girls to Halo in terms of their target audience is very different, though. Miracle Girls is about an anime that already was aimed at young girls, so Takara probably had them in mind first when they were developing it. Halo, with its guns and aliens themes, has always been aimed more at men since its violent.

Of course that doesn't necessarily mean you have to be a girl to like Miracle Girls or a boy to like Halo.


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