Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Dragon's Crown Evokes Boner-Guilt

Dragon's Crown

My copy of Dragon's Crown came through the mail courtesy of Amazon. The cherry on top is the sixty-four page art book that is a pre-order bonus to enjoy the visuals from the game. Make no mistake, the art style is what landed Dragon's Crown in so much trouble.

The picture above contains boobies. Tits. Breasts. Wonderful bosoms. And it's alright, it's ok. Everything is fine. A recent phenomenon is the video game industry is the extreme efforts of the consumer community to right gender inequalities. In contrast to the movie, music, comic book industries; video games are the most vocal, active, and transparent. This is a great thing that is taking place and only improves the discussion that needed to happen. Some things that are done appear strange in regard to how gamers are changing the status quo, and which gamers taking issue with Dragon's Crown.

Let us cut straight to the criticizers of Dragon's Crown. The main glut are white heterosexual American males, who are complaining about the objectification and negative connotations of the art style in Dragon's Crown. What we are experiencing is something very recent and very new to video games. Boner-Guilt.

Boner-Guilt is simple. A few dudes have been made aware of inequalities in their hobby/industry and want to change it.  These men pop a hard one, but because of their knowledge of prejudice feel shame and guilt in being sexually attracted to what is on screen. The "American" part of, white heterosexual American male, is the defining characteristic of this movement. North America culturally has deep seated sexuality intolerant Victorian roots. This has created the deplorable sub-sect of "If she dressed another way, nothing would have happened" that fills not just conservative talking airwaves, but the common mentality across the country. The automatic male thought in wanting to correct the issues in the portrayal of women in their medium, is to cover them up. No cleavage, no problem.

To be clear, this type of logic is not a genuine predicament for the video game industry. It may be the cause of frustration to those more well experienced in the topics, however it is a good discussion to have. These are subjects where the community can talk about and grow as a result. The guys suffering from Boner-Guilt will one day realize they can love the supple beauty of heaving boobies, and at the same time be enraged of the wealth disparity between sexes, or the lack of women CEO's in major corporations. They can be fine with openly sexual women and be respectful at the same time. This is a group that wants to do the right thing, but is working through the growing pains of childish thinking.

It is a shame that this game has been branded with this certain stigma. It plays well, it looks great. Dragon's Crown is fun. Boner-Guilt is a shame, but it's a shame that can be overcome by walking outside, speaking with friend's and family, and by not being a prude.