Nikku4211 wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:01 pm
No, I wasn't asking about the 'woman' part, both questions were about the 'grown-up' part.
Yes, I know. And I answered it like that: Since most games have grown-up men and not boys, the token female should be a woman, not a girl.
If the male heroes are Mario, Simon Belmont, Ryu Hayabusa, Bill Rizer, Thomas the Kung Fu guy, Jay McCray etc. and I decide that I also want a female hero, then I will equally look for a grown-up woman, not for a six or eight year old girl.
If there were a whole bunch of female main characters in my list (after all, Link from "Zelda 1" is also a boy) or if I took the "Pocky & Rocky" games because of their gameplay, without focusing on the main character, then it would be fine. But in my specific task to have one game with a definite female main character, I want a real woman. For that specific attribute, I don't want a yellow ball, I don't want a cat, I don't want a robot, I don't want a woman hidden behind a robot suit, nor do I want just a spaceship that is supposed to have a female pilot. And I don't want a child. My favorite female videogame heroine shall be an adult woman.
A teenager would also be alright because in fiction, teenagers are usually more similar to adults than they are to kids. If "Ghoul School" had a female protagonist (and the gameplay wouldn't be meh), this would have been alright. That would have been pretty much the videogame equivalent of Buffy Summers who is supposed to be 16 in the plot, but was played by a 20 year old.
But children are still children. And I cannot look at that "Pocky and Rocky" girl and say: "That's my sexy badass action heroine on the NES."
Oziphantom wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:54 pm
She is a young Shrine Maiden but that doesn't mean she is 8 years old. She would have to be at least 13/14.
Nikku4211 wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:09 pm
Oh hey look, a high school age! Now you can start being weird over them!
She certainly looks like she's 8 though. Therefore, in my eyes, she's a child. The artist drew her as a child.
Just like Princess Jasmine from "Aladdin": She is 15 according to the plot, but the artist certainly didn't draw her like that. Her character model is clearly designed according to a 20-something year old woman.
It's the same in movies and TV shows: The gardener in "Desperate Housewives" with whom Gabrielle had an affair was supposed to be a 15 year old minor. He was played by a 25 year old who looked and talked like a 25 year old.