Look Upon Playboy's "Sexiest Game Trailer Ever" and Despair

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Look Upon Playboy's "Sexiest Game Trailer Ever" and Despair

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Playboy has unveiled "the sexiest videogame trailer ever" for Darksiders, a three-minute mix of T&A and gameplay footage that says infinitely more about Playboy's attitude toward gamers than it does about the game.

First things first: This is not sexy. I'm open to other opinions here but having some bikini-clad bimbo sitting, kneeling, squatting or otherwise being in the way of gameplay footage projected on a wall isn't sexy. It isn't hot. It isn't even interesting. I can't see the video because of the T&A and I can't see the T&A because of the video. (The bikini is kind of in the way too.) It's a lose-lose situation.

But here's the real problem: It's insulting. There's nothing even remotely clever or creative about this trailer; it's just a bored-looking woman standing in front of a wall with Darksiders footage projected on it. I could do this in my basement, although to give Playboy its due credit I probably wouldn't look quite as good in a bikini. Yet non-gamers will inevitably see this and have their opinions affected accordingly, which is to say it will reinforce their view of gamers as nothing but a gang of horny, juvenile idiots. And who can blame them?

In case you're wondering, the young lady being paid to pose awkwardly is Jo Garcia, Playboy's "Gamer Next Door" and "Cyber Girl of the Year." Aside from taking her clothes off, she also blogs about games for the site, such as in this video preview for Darksiders, which is almost as painful to watch as the "body art trailer." Whatever Playboy was looking for in a videogame blogger, it sure wasn't gamer cred.

Am I wrong here? Is my gamer embarrassment legitimate, or am I just too old and curmudgeonly to "get" this kind of thing anymore? Check it out at Playboy.com (perfectly work safe, it's all very tame) and decide for yourself, but honestly, if this is what Playboy wants to bring to the gaming scene, I think it should just stick to the straight-up porn.

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I don't understand why people seem to demand T&A in their games. Being horny isn't condusive to sitting on a couch and gaming. I dare say it interferes with the gaming.

And yes, this kind of shit only makes my wife think all gamers are boob obsessed tards. One step forward...

I agree with you Andy. This is pretty damn stupid. It's like they thought shitty rock music with Michael Bay style editing and some dumb bitch you can barely see is what gamers are looking for.

I don't know if whether to weep for the fact of all gamers being stereotyped or to feel bad for playboy for having someone who does not know games at all.

Bah, who cares. If they don't care enough to not stereotype us gamers than they don't deserve the business they get.

their game looks so uninviting that they add playmates to promote it lol!

The fuck?!

Yes, this is needed right now, this is exactly what the world needs.

Jesus, I have not heard of a more pathetic thing for quite some time now. Bravo, I suppose.

Playboy is really getting into gaming. First with the sexiest Bayonetta, and now with this...

That was the absolutely worst game trailer ever. If I hadn't already hated the game after watching Yahtzee tear it a new one I definitely couldn't care less about it after watching them overlay cutscenes unto a half naked woman for absolutely no reason.

I disagree with the opinion stated in the article. I dont think it is a reflection of gamers but more so American men. Sex sells everything, not just videogames. What I dont get is how a person can see a hot girl eating a sandwich and then want to go out and buy that same sandwich. Advertisers think this works on a subconscious level, but it just seems ludicrous to me.

Jon Etheridge:
I agree with you Andy. This is pretty damn stupid. It's like they thought shitty rock music with Michael Bay style editing and some dumb bitch you can barely see is what gamers are looking for.

I pretty much have to agree as well.

I'm not looking for that, I'm looking for- what's that word?- FUN. It's like they're being fucking condescending to us.

But hey, that's just what I think.

I agree. From the looks of this trailer, it doesn't look like Playboy takes gamers very seriously, or games in general.

On the one hand, I can't really blame them for trying to exploit us (gamers are most likely their primary demographic), but I am a little upset that they didn't even TRY. I mean, COME ON! Just because a Playboy model stands in front of a projector showing clips from Darksiders doesn't mean it's "the sexiest game trailer ever."

Hell, if Playboy put a model in front of An Inconvenient Truth, they'd probably call it "the sexiest documentary ever."

That's just stupid. BMX XXX was sexier than that.

Jaranja:

Jon Etheridge:
I agree with you Andy. This is pretty damn stupid. It's like they thought shitty rock music with Michael Bay style editing and some dumb bitch you can barely see is what gamers are looking for.

I pretty much have to agree as well.

I'm not looking for that, I'm looking for- what's that word?- FUN. It's like they're being fucking condescending to us.

But hey, that's just what I think.

Fun? You must be Crazy. No no no thats not what Gamers want! We want more Annual Call of Duties and Guitar Hero Games! We have no time for Fun!

It is very boring.

If you're going to combine sex and video games, post trailers for sex games FFS.

Its Playboy. They are a fucking joke. I have never understood why they are thought of as the pinnacle of sex magazines.
They have like 200 pages and only like 20 of those with some dopey gutter slut who wont even show the good bits!
Playboy is what you read if you need help setting up your 5.1 or want to find out what the latest douchebag spoilers are being released for your favourite rice rocket.

Hugh Hefner can fuck right off and die and leave my gaming alone.

Anyway as for the video itself. This bitch is warping my Darksiders video! Get rid of her!

This is more playboy straining for relevance than a commentary on gaming as a whole.

OMGZ! There is a woman in the way of mah game!!!111eleven1!.

Hugh has obviously relinquished control to his forgotten younger brother. This is like the exact opposite of Cuba.

What did the sheepish chick have to do with the game trailer, other than getting in the way?

Best thing about that video was the background music. Reminds me of Sonic mayhem.

Jon Etheridge:
I agree with you Andy. This is pretty damn stupid. It's like they thought shitty rock music with Michael Bay style editing and some dumb bitch you can barely see is what gamers are looking for.

Yes but it's what movie goers are loking for.

*Yes it's a shot at Transformers. But can ya blame me?*

Ba-Dum-Tish

There seems to be a whole lot more...sexual...stuff on the news forums suddenly...

This insults me as much as seeing a mediocre artist become famous for drawing T&A and nothing else while talented others barely get noticed.

Do they really think we're that obsessed with sex?

Wasn't even hot, served no purpose and was a pure annoyence factor

You know, I actually thought the Playboy Bayonetta thing was quite clever. I mean, it made sense. This, however...I just don't get it. I don't see how it's interesting at all.

Thing is, I've met Playboy's videogame guy, or one of them, anyway, and he knew his stuff. Not sure whose idea this was, but it's definitely a misstep.

Damn, I kept wanting to watch the trailer, but her face kept getting in the way. If she's gonna do that, don't have her moving, for gods sake. Have her presenting it, alluringly, not being in the damn way.

ma55ter_fett:
very dull

I want those moments of my life back...

I like to think of this a different way: Gamers are the cool people in this scenario, and Playboy is the poser trying (and failing) to fit in.

This trailer is the equivalent of an upper class white kid walking into the hood in his best Abercrombie & Fitch and a sideways baseball cap and saying "sup HOMIE?" to everyone he meets.

uuugh her ass shadow gets in the way of the movie, and the camera man keeps deciding to jump to different shots. Not in any way remotely interesting or sexy. Plus the voices of burly men doesn't help. Shes not even that good looking.

At least Playboy isn't trying to make any more games. Anyone else remember "Playboy: the Mansion" on the original Xbox? Ugh.

I think this is a very accurate portrayal of what I like in my games. I like to play Harvest Moon while I force my husband to stand there and look pretty.

"Can I stop standing here? I have work to d-"
"Stop moving, I'm chopping down wood and you don't want me to miss...ah, too late."

Ya know. The real shame about it is that the real victim in all of this is Darksiders. A quality game from a up and coming new company (Who incidentally was chosen to develop my WH40K MMO so who I really want to be a success) gets made to look cheap, cheesy and just plain desperate now. Lets face it, if thats the first thing you saw of it you would assume its a crappy hack and slash that focuses in scantly clad bints to sell itself.

first the ugly Bayonetas now this. do they get that not every gamer is an 11 year old HALO player yelling about how he has had sex with your mother. just because something has boobs doesn't mean gamers will like it.

I think it will be a good thing. They did a whole issue of game girls animated nude. Now, if they could just get some girls with personality too to cosplay the game characters and not just any bimbo with a dd rack.

I'm all for the mashing of gaming and the adult industry. Lets just not let this happen again... please!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playboy_the_Mansion

auronvi:
I think it will be a good thing. They did a whole issue of game girls animated nude. Now, if they could just get some girls with personality too to cosplay the game characters and not just any bimbo with a dd rack.

I'm all for the mashing of gaming and the adult industry. Lets just not let this happen again... please!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playboy_the_Mansion

Edit: Ninjaed... i should read all the posts first. :(

Wrong button LAWL!

No sir, you are correct.

I am fed up with people seeing me as this or an anti-social, slightly mentally disturbed teenager.

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