Would Smaller Breasts Lead To Fewer Fighting Game Fans?
Maybe it's an insulting question and while hardcore fighting fans will immediately scoff, let's think about this for a minute.
We all know that while video game females have enjoyed a more realistic reshaping in recent years, that hasn't necessarily applied to the fighting genre. And maybe it's simply because we're used to seeing some jiggling and without it, the genre might actually lose popularity.
I'm not trying to imply that the majority of those who buy a Dead or Alive or Tekken or Street Fighter wouldn't buy these games if the women had normal busts. In fact, I know of several die-hard fighting fanatics who really couldn't care less; they just love the genre. That being said, when we're talking about teen males - still one of the largest demographics in the industry - there's no underestimating the appeal of cleavage (virtual or otherwise).
There's a lot of discussion in the realm of feminism and how women are portrayed in all forms of entertainment, and some say potential backlash is the reason we're not getting Dead or Alive: Xtreme 3. Then there was the censoring of Cammy and R. Mika in the upcoming Street Fighter V, which also generated plenty of backlash. Obviously, with these games always in the news, sales would probably rise as opposed to fall. But I'm talking about a complete overhaul: If Japanese developers totally revamped all top-heavy females in fighting games, would this indeed have a negative impact on sales...?
I wouldn't dismiss that theory so quickly. Any game that has a hidden "OMG Breast Motion Mode" option probably has designers who believe this kind of thing has some appeal. And of course, it does.
1/31/2016 9:57:45 PM Ben Dutka