Boobjam Seeks Busty Games Sans Tittillation

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Boobjam Seeks Busty Games Sans Tittillation

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Games journalist Jenn Frank has created a new online collaborative event which asks game developers to create titles centered on breasts that do not exist purely for teenagers to drool over.

Boobjam isn't just the best-titled event of the year, it's also an international call for game developers to create games about breasts that haven't been sexualized (or, at the very least, that haven't been sexualized in the stereotypically masculine way that we, as gamers, are all so familiar with). If you're scratching your head, just look at the image embedded at right, then imagine the opposite of that.

The sole criteria for entry in Boobjam is that developers "make a game that talks about boobs without resorting to the 'straight male gaze.'" Normally this is where I'd define the term, but c'mon, you people have played videogames before, right? So you know exactly what she's referring to. The vast, vast majority of female characters in videogames exist purely to give puberty a helping hand.

Whether that's personally problematic for you hinges on all kinds of variables, but the fact remains that the depiction of breasts in games is objectively one-sided. Boobjam hopes to change that by rallying developers to create games that might, say, offer comprehensive instructions on how to check one's own breasts for potentially dangerous lumps. Or maybe there's a superhero made of breasts. Point being: These games, though centered on boobs, are supposed to be about far more than attractive curves and unattainable standards of perkiness.

As a straight male, my opinion on these matters is admittedly a bit skewed, so why don't we get an explanation straight from Boobjam's creator?

There is an incredible range of experience invested in having (or not having, or newly having) boobs. But in most video games, boobs are this male gaze thing-they're there for (almost always) one reason, to titillate (one type of) players. And that's okay-lots of people like boobs!-but there are so many other ways to talk about them. Boobs mean a lot of different things to different people. They aren't two adjustable or removable objects, even though we do culturally think about them that way. They are, in fact, a part of a human body.

What do boobs mean to a new mother, or to a new woman? To a person in actual, physical pain? What might they mean to a real superhero or armor-clad warrior? Or, if boobs really are sexual objects, who, besides straight dudes, can sexualize them?

No one is claiming that a great rack doesn't have its place in gaming canon. But instead of having the same conversation over and over, why not try having a new discussion altogether?

Let's demystify boobs!

Get it now? Boobjam is an ostentatious counterpoint to stereotypically male-centric game development. Again, hate the idea if you'd like, but personally I'm all about tearing down society's cliché ideals, and there's simply nothing more cliché than the idea that everything should be about me simply because I've got external genitalia.

If you'd like further details on Boobjam, you can find absolutely everything relating to the 'jam on its official Tumblr page. Also, many low resolution renderings of pixelated breasts, because it's that kind of event.

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...I...erm.

I mean...

It's an interesting idea. Wierd, but very interesting.

So what IS the boob-centered opposite of Tomb Raider?

The characters jabber about boobs non-stop, but they wear baggy clothing?

Also, I'm assuming you mean "titillation". Otherwise, you have the world's stupidest pun in your title.

lacktheknack:
Also, I'm assuming you mean "titillation". Otherwise, you have the world's stupidest pun in your title.

That's a typo, but I'm pretty sure it's still a horribly stupid pun.

Ok...I have now seen the weirdest thing on this website today. Maybe it is time for me to get to bed.

This...umm...has an...something about creativity...I actually don't know what to say other then fact that while the guy has good intention, I can't but fear that this might be one of the silliest gaming making events that I've seen yet.

But sure, let's get excited about this. See what crazy stuff people will create for this event.

Earnest Cavalli:

lacktheknack:
Also, I'm assuming you mean "titillation". Otherwise, you have the world's stupidest pun in your title.

That's a typo, but I'm pretty sure it's still a horribly stupid pun.

Somehow, the typo made it worse. :P

But yeah, I'm not sure what they're going for with Boobjam. Nursing Simulator? Nudist Colony Tycoon? Uber Cancer Fighter Shooter?

Surgeon Simulator 2013 Breast Lump edition?

How about we don't focus on boobs, and instead focus on just the female characters being presented reasonably normally? It kills two birds with one stone that way.

Hmm, this sounds intriguing. Since a significant portion (something like 80%) of women wear the wrong size bra, why not make a game about bra fitting? And when your character has found the perfect bra, she has to fight Brazilla (a massive reptile who eats bras?)... or something. I would play it.
EDIT: And Bioware should make it. Star Wars: The Phantom Brassiere. It could work.

An interesting idea if nothing else, I'm interested to see if anything interesting comes of this.

Earnest Cavalli:

Or maybe there's a superhero made of breasts.

.........

Huh, oh sorry. Got lost in thought for a minute there.

Baby milking simulator. A lot of men find that gross, for some reason, making it absolutely ideal.

P.S. Thanks

Uhura:
Hmm, this sounds intriguing. Since a significant portion (something like 80%) of women wear the wrong size bra, why not make a game about bra fitting? And when your character has found the perfect bra, she has to fight Brazilla (a massive reptile who eats bras?)... or something. I would play it.

80%? Damn, just go to a shop and ask them to fit you ... I know a girl who did it for a laugh and got told she was a size bigger than she thought, went from a C to a D in a couple of seconds. I thought she was in the minority, not the overwhelming majority.

Anyway, seems like an interesting idea but I see this just turning into a porn gallery to many or those weird and awful sex flash games.

I can get the idea behind "de-sexying" boobs but guys eyes are drawn to boobs like a moth to a flame, we know going looking at them is bad but we just can't help it.

I demand a game named Pettanko Powah out of this.

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Oh, a game in which you must try to dress comfortably in male clothes while dealing with your breasts. Especially fun for medieval armour!

omega 616:

Uhura:
Hmm, this sounds intriguing. Since a significant portion (something like 80%) of women wear the wrong size bra, why not make a game about bra fitting? And when your character has found the perfect bra, she has to fight Brazilla (a massive reptile who eats bras?)... or something. I would play it.

80%? Damn, just go to a shop and ask them to fit you ... I know a girl who did it for a laugh and got told she was a size bigger than she thought, went from a C to a D in a couple of seconds. I thought she was in the minority, not the overwhelming majority.

Yeah, it's a really common problem. Usually women wear bras that are too big in the band and too small in the cup. The problem with just going to a shop to get fitted is that there is no guarantee that you'll get fitted properly. Victoria's Secret is the largest lingerie retailer in the US and it's pretty common to get poorly fitted at their stores. That's why it would be beneficial for women if they knew how to measure themselves.

Uhura:

omega 616:

Uhura:
Hmm, this sounds intriguing. Since a significant portion (something like 80%) of women wear the wrong size bra, why not make a game about bra fitting? And when your character has found the perfect bra, she has to fight Brazilla (a massive reptile who eats bras?)... or something. I would play it.

80%? Damn, just go to a shop and ask them to fit you ... I know a girl who did it for a laugh and got told she was a size bigger than she thought, went from a C to a D in a couple of seconds. I thought she was in the minority, not the overwhelming majority.

Yeah, it's a really common problem. Usually women wear bras that are too big in the band and too small in the cup. The problem with just going to a shop to get fitted is that there is no guarantee that you'll get fitted properly. Victoria's Secret is the largest lingerie retailer in the US and it's pretty common to get poorly fitted at their stores. That's why it would be beneficial for women if they knew how to measure themselves.

I thought it was like shoes, you know if you get the wrong size shoes, they are either flopping round or a foot vice but when you get a nice fitting pair it's like a foot glove. I just figured it was the same for bra's, if it fits comfortably then it's the right size.

Covarr:
Baby milking simulator. A lot of men find that gross, for some reason, making it absolutely ideal.

P.S. Thanks

tell me, how does one milk a baby?

I mean, we all know how baby oil gets made even if it is fairly barbaric, but what about Baby Milk?

How does PediaSure get their cans of milk?!

OT: I dont really get the idea behind this, make games about boobs but dont sexualize them in any way possible?

this is the internet, we will find something sexual about them regardless.

omega 616:

Uhura:

omega 616:

80%? Damn, just go to a shop and ask them to fit you ... I know a girl who did it for a laugh and got told she was a size bigger than she thought, went from a C to a D in a couple of seconds. I thought she was in the minority, not the overwhelming majority.

Yeah, it's a really common problem. Usually women wear bras that are too big in the band and too small in the cup. The problem with just going to a shop to get fitted is that there is no guarantee that you'll get fitted properly. Victoria's Secret is the largest lingerie retailer in the US and it's pretty common to get poorly fitted at their stores. That's why it would be beneficial for women if they knew how to measure themselves.

I thought it was like shoes, you know if you get the wrong size shoes, they are either flopping round or a foot vice but when you get a nice fitting pair it's like a foot glove. I just figured it was the same for bra's, if it fits comfortably then it's the right size.

Well the thing is that a lot of women grow up wearing ill fitting bras and hence they don't always recognize the signs of poor fit. And plenty of women hate wearing bras and complain about them, but it seems to be more common to assume that that's just what bras are like, they're uncomfortable and annoying instead of thinking that hey, maybe I'm not wearing the right size. And there's tons of reasons why women usually assume the former instead of the latter.

Yeah I agree with the sentiment here but their idea seems kind of stupid.

I have two main gripes with the industry on this topic. Now I love boobs. They're wonderful and come in many different enticing shapes and sizes. So maybe it's just my personal tastes but I hate how game developers seem to try to create and fill their entire game with the exact same pair of 'perfectly' shaped big boobs. My second complaint, when a female character is visually made to appear sexy but this 'asset' gets completely ignored within the setting and story of the game itself. They game is designed to be visually appealing to the player but in a 4th wall breaking manner they could care less about any in-game effect a females beauty/sexiness may have and just ignore it. She's just their for the player to look at, and that's just plain lazy and demeaning.

Not that all games should be kept to the same rigid structure, some people will still like the shameless stuff and if games like Tera Online are getting made that appeals to that demography then there's nothing wrong with that. You just need more variety, and especially have to take more care in big budget games that are meant to have a wide appeal.

Boob gun! And make them awesome and take the whole thing straight-facedly serious!...What? Maybe if boobs were more like a wacky super power than a 'steamy sex symbol' they'd be onto something.

I'm going with boob guns. *nods*

Do guys just have some kind of mental block when it comes to thinking up 'things to do with boobs' besides oogle or touch them. Come on guys, Austen Powers was totally on to something with that!

Bewbies!!!!!!!!

Sorry, just had to get that out of my system. Ahem, anyways...

I.......seriously have no idea what they're going for. Games about breasts that don't focus on breasts. I'd imagine there's people out there who would say that a game involving self breast exams and/or breast feeding would be sexualized. I'm genuinely interested in seeing what comes out of this because at the moment all I'm getting is a "DOES NOT COMPUTE" error in my brain. xP

Earnest Cavalli:
The vast, vast majority of female characters in videogames exist purely to give puberty a helping hand.

Oh come on, man. That's the type of pun I'd expect from DVS BSTrD. Seriously, that's more facepalm worthy than the typo-pun that lacktheknack pointed out.

How about something of a rip-off of Octodad where a woman with large breasts has to get around without knocking things over with them or running into people, causing embarrassment. Balance can be a problem.

Hmmm...I can understand trying to desexualise breasts, but I don't see this working.

Hell, look at the predictable comments so far.

Anyway, making a game about breasts...nah. I don't see that working.

Sounds kinda stupid
I guess they could make a game with big boobed women walking around hunched, while complaining about their massive boobs causing back pain.

People get freaked out when they see women breastfeeding. That is about as nonsexual use of breasts as possible. So, good luck coming up with anything about breasts that is not going freak out people.

I'm not sure I'm understanding the core concept of this get together thing. Is it like, umm, trying to find ways to sexualize characters without having them wear skimpy outfits? What does that accomplish? My head hurts now, I think I'll go lay down a minute.

Tolkienfanatic:
Reeks of desperation for validation

/thread

You can't /thread your own posts... especially when they're so dismissive.

I dunno, I think I understand the concept. Trying to find a way to talk about or feature boobs in video games that aren't sexualized; but I'm not sure the creator understands the depths people will go to in order to find a way to masturbate to something.

This is awesome and I approve.

For those who seem confused, I will expand on some of the ideas mentioned above. A boob-centric but non-male gaze aspect to a game could be as follows:

In a Fantasy style game, the female playable character goes to get new armor. When you mouse over (or whatever) the armor to "try it on" ie, compare stats, the store clerk makes a one-off comment about needing to find a set that will comfortably fit the player character's chest.

Later, after finding a piece of loot in a dungeon and equipping it, the player character says (as an aside while being controlled in gameplay) that she'll need to get this armor adjusted in town because it's squeezing her chest uncomfortably.

That is exactly TWO lines of dialogue that would accomplish this goal. How? By putting the player in the situation of HAVING boobs rather than looking at them. The player's character has to purchase armor that will fit her cup size - that's not something most male gamers have thought about before, at least not in a practical fashion. It helps the male player feel empathy for the female character as a person rather than a sexual object for them to oogle.

It's a neat idea.

As for the Superhero made entirely out of breasts... all I can think of is that old D&D video about a group of adventurers encountering "a Dragon.. made entirely out of boobs! Scalding Milk Attack!"

Bara_no_Hime:
This is awesome and I approve.

For those who seem confused, I will expand on some of the ideas mentioned above. A boob-centric but non-male gaze aspect to a game could be as follows:

In a Fantasy style game, the female playable character goes to get new armor. When you mouse over (or whatever) the armor to "try it on" ie, compare stats, the store clerk makes a one-off comment about needing to find a set that will comfortably fit the player character's chest.

Later, after finding a piece of loot in a dungeon and equipping it, the player character says (as an aside while being controlled in gameplay) that she'll need to get this armor adjusted in town because it's squeezing her chest uncomfortably.

That is exactly TWO lines of dialogue that would accomplish this goal. How? By putting the player in the situation of HAVING boobs rather than looking at them. The player's character has to purchase armor that will fit her cup size - that's not something most male gamers have thought about before, at least not in a practical fashion. It helps the male player feel empathy for the female character as a person rather than a sexual object for them to oogle.

It's a neat idea.

As for the Superhero made entirely out of breasts... all I can think of is that old D&D video about a group of adventurers encountering "a Dragon.. made entirely out of boobs! Scalding Milk Attack!"

Ahh, that explains it nicely. Thanks! I too would like a game that has some mechanics like this. Because it's awfully convieniant when playing a game like Skyrim that you as a female character can just pull some armor off of a dead male bandit and then just pop it on without thinking about it, especially if's plate armor. This is a concept that could be expanded further down the line as well. Like an orc trying on plate armor that was made for a bosmer height and weight, it wouldn't fit just right and maybe some penalty to agility or protection stats would be nice until the armor is refitted in town. Or am I just overthinking it? Thanks again though, that's a great idea. I'm taking credit for it!
(Not really)

1337mokro:
Surgeon Simulator 2013 Breast Lump edition?

The images conjured in my mind when I read this nearly sent me rolling onto the floor with laughter. I can't imagine how anyone could take it seriously after the shenanigans I have seen in Surgeon Simulator.

That being said, if they could do it tastefully, then I can't imagine why it wouldn't be a good idea.

I'm never one to tell people not to make things in the name of diversity (it's way better than trying to take things away!), but there's a couple of reasons why I think this might not do what the originators intend it to do:

1. We (guys with an interest in women) usually already do think about all those other aspects of having breasts, if we spend any time playing games. Because it's a slightly more introspective person who would do that kind of thing, and therefore, we tend to at least have a curiosity what it's like to live on the other side. There's quite a lot in- of all things- 2D pornography (doujin, stuff like that) that tends to deal with these aspects of life as the 'story' points in between all the exciting parts. And,

2. Though it may change the perspective from which we think about them (not likely due to the above), it's not going to change the context. You could Weird Science me into a female body for a week, and after I gained all that perspective and you zapped me back into my brain that's affected by all my male hormones and junk... I'm still going to be drawn toward them exactly the same. It might change my approach to women iRL if I was dumb to begin with, but it won't change my attitudes toward fictional women.

So I guess maybe I'm not sure what the aim really is?

But the whole point of games is experiencing fantasy to varying degrees and escape from reality. A lot of what she suggests is making a docu-game or something that inserts too much reality, something that would be a niche title.

What sort of stories or games are these certain people asking for that aren't "male-centric power fantasies"?

Inferus Eques:
Ahh, that explains it nicely. Thanks!

No problem! ^^

Inferus Eques:
I too would like a game that has some mechanics like this. Because it's awfully convieniant when playing a game like Skyrim that you as a female character can just pull some armor off of a dead male bandit and then just pop it on without thinking about it, especially if's plate armor. This is a concept that could be expanded further down the line as well. Like an orc trying on plate armor that was made for a bosmer height and weight, it wouldn't fit just right and maybe some penalty to agility or protection stats would be nice until the armor is refitted in town. Or am I just overthinking it?

Naw, that sounds like fun. And you could work it the other direction as well - it would be funny to see a male warrior temporarily stuck wearing plate armor with boob cups (until he could take it to a town and have it converted at a forge).

The conversion aspect would be important so that you wouldn't have a character unable to use a cool item due to wrong size penalties. It just takes a quick "adjustment" at a forge and you can set it to what you want/need.

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