Quick Hit: TOR’s Equality in Skin Tight Pants is a Good Thing
January 3, 2012
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It also makes me giggle like a school girl trying to talk to her crush for the first time.
My female trooper in the green pants standing next to a male guard in his equally tight white pants.
I’ve always understood the appeal of skimpy armor in MMOs. We humans generally love sexiness and sexuality, so it’s no surprise that getting to see the well modeled, idealized curves of our desired gender can be a big plus. A very big plus. But, like I’ve always said, when the sexiness is restricted to only one gender (and oddly enough its usually the gender who has to deal with things like the Virgin/Whore dichotomy, modesty policing, purity balls, sexual double standards, etc.) things go out of the realm of pure enjoyment and into oppressive, restrictive, and objectifying territory.
Bioware manages to handle the sexy armor thing quite deftly (for the most part) by making skin tight be skin tight no matter what gender the wearer is. Unlike some games that try to pass off baggy combat pants on guys as equal to the so-tight-it-might-as-well-be-painted-on pants of women, if the armor pieces are skin tight on women, they will also show off every lovingly modeled curve of a guy’s legs and butt. They even gave the front of the pants some interesting shadow mapping, if you catch my drift, in what I guess is an effort to equal out all of the big boobed female body models.
The screencaps don't do justice to the shading on the white pants (or any of the textures really). Trust me, in cut scenes in-game the shading on pants is eye-catching on both men and women.
Sadly though, this isn’t completely universal within the game. There are outfits that render significantly differently on women, and of course there are the female-only slave and dancing girl outfits, but those seem to be fairly rare (outside of cantinas at least). They could even that out though in future updates with some male counterparts to those outfits. Pretty please Bioware? It’d be awesome. Not only would you be getting rid of some of the sexism within your game (of which there are more than a few troubling instances of), but you’d also be throwing a much wanted bone to some traditionally ignored audiences.