|Playboy strips down
girls of gaming...again
rag will feature sirens of cyberspace in the buff for second year
The debate over the portrayal of women in games may never end.
Some take offense to the unrealistic body types, and others love
them. Many of gaming's most famous heroines are top-heavy,
hourglass-figured females imagined by a population of character
designers dominated by males. It all truly began with Tomb
Raider's Lara Croft, whose ability to navigate the precipices of
an ancient civilization was second in popularity to her own
For all gamers who took a gander at a digital dame and thought,
"She could be in Playboy!" a pictorial last year in an issue of
the magazine that Hugh Hefner built confirmed just that. Several
gaming icons, including BloodRayne and Mileena from Mortal
Kombat, shed for the spread.
The success of the issue, which also included articles on the
industry and picks for the holiday season's top games, prompted
Playboy to go for round two. According to CNN's Chris Morris,
eight female game characters will once again rerate themselves
as AO for Adults Only in October's issue of Playboy.
Scott Alexander, senior editor for the magazine, told Morris,
"Last year, we were selling a new concept [to publishers]. The
response we got last year and the huge promotional bump resulted
in companies lining up at our door. I literally had to turn away
six or seven publishers."
So which lucky video vixens will be baring all in the issue?
Jacqui, a cheerleader from Midway's Blitz: The League will be in
her god-given under-armor. Carla Valenti from Atari's Indigo
Prophecy, who plays a detective solving a rash of murders in New
York City, will cleverly deduce that she's nude in the issue.
Capcom's Darkwatch will offer two beauties, the arresting
Cassidy, a blonde deputy in the Old West, and Tala, a vampiric
femme fatale who also appeared in last year's pictorial when
Darkwatch was still under the watch of Sammy Studios. Alexa, a
reporter from VU Games' 50 Cent: Bulletproof, will, to quote 50,
not only "party like it's her birthday," but party in her
Rounding out the octet will be characters from Sony's God of War
(who likely already appeared nude in the game), Namco's Hellgate:
London, and, fittingly, Hip Games' Playboy the Mansion: Private
The pictures will appear on eight trading cards, four of which
will be printed in two different versions of the magazine. When
positioned together correctly, the eight cards form a ninth
Playboy has been tapping into the growing gaming market in
recent years. In addition to Playboy: The Mansion, which puts
the sin in Sims-style gameplay, the empire has offered
downloadable pictorials formatted for Sony's PSP.