Moonlight Blade shows off its loli characters

    
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If you’re the kind of player who won’t play TERA because of the Elin, kindly exit this article because you’re not going to like this either. Steparu has a report out today on Moonlight Blade, which we already knew would have its own version of the sexualized but adorable little girl archetype but now has its own trailer.

“The adolescent character in the Chinese version is supposed to be slightly older and taller compared to the upcoming Korean version due to Chinese people complaining that they wanted a teenish character instead of a very young character,” Steparu explains.

It is still unknown whether the game will ever make its way westward; rumors to that effect from earlier this year have not been confirmed. The trailer is down below.

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rafael12104

Heh. Look, we aren’t all characters in one of Nabokov’s tales. Lolis and obvious derivative of Nabokov’s “Lolita”, are not some hidden perverse desire from players. They are just that odd and satisfying juxtaposition of the cute and childlike hero kicking the crap out of the giant, ugly, and corrupt, menace. Think “Kickass” the movie or comic book.

In this case, class looks as it should for this game.

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Fnights

Is cute, it surely add more customization to the game and freedom of choice and so increasing its longevity. Much better if we can decide a more small or tall avatar based on personal preferences.
Hopefully the launch in the east goes well so maybe a publisher can consider to port this mmo in the west too, seems promising.

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Melissa McDonald

It’s a shame that could be totally innocent, is instead food for perverts. “this is why we can’t have nice things”, I guess.
I don’t really stress out about it too much. Your child isn’t in danger from an MMO. You want danger? It will be where children congregate. Schools, youth groups, ballet/sports practice, keep a watchful eye on your child wherever they interact with adults. That’s where the jungle is. And they groom and prey upon the kids who don’t have a good home life, or a parent who is too busy or too distracted or too lackadaisical to protect them.
“Where does evil lie? Always… where you never expect it.” – Merlin

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Duey Bear

I find it interesting the Chinese audience requested they be taller to look older. My faith in China is restored to a degree.

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MesaSage

Er, nope.

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Ravven

This was less creepy than I expected. I won’t play Tera because of the Elin, but I’m okay with child-like characters in games as long as they’re not hypersexual “white panty” type characters. I think it would be quite fun to play a Battle Royale type of girl murderer. :D

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Mewmew

This video showed the normal, non sexualized armor – and I agree this is great and normal and nothing weird here. Sadly it’s not the only way you can dress them up and they definitely do have the more creepy sexualized armor for them as well.

I love playing things that are small and cute in games, it’s both funny to me to play the smallest cutest things kicking butt and also a fantasy of playing a young character feeling like it was me when I was younger only kicking butt instead of weak. No offense to guys, they should be playing whatever they want I guess, but still to me I feel it’s a bit different for a girl to play a little girl than for a guy to.

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Ravven

Yeah, sexy outfits would be pretty damned creepy. :/ And yes, I’m looking at it from a female perspective and a fantasy of myself as a young buttkicker would be great. An adult male playing a young female character might have a much greater squick factor.

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Utakata

I am not sure I get this. I’ve seen the video and looked at the pics, I am not seeing the “lolification” of this race (?). This is most certainly true with the Elin, even if it completely contradicts the the lore of them in TERA (a subject for another day). So my question here is this what the developers are claiming about this…or did something get lost in translation when running to build a loli strawman? o.O

BTW, running through field of pink flowers and blossom made my heart and pigtails skip a few. So maybe I missed something due to said the distraction. >.<

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silverlock

Yeah I’m not seeing it ether. I mean it’s still odd having a child character to go murder monsters with but I’m not seeing any sort of sexualization going on.

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Line

Well, it’s a young kid in the Japanese version, a teenager in the Chinese one… by definition that would fit the loli archetype.

It’s a bit weird to have kids fighting I guess, but the game is extremely conservative and I highly doubt weird costumes will appear for them.

An unfortunate association with bad elements in the market and community.

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Utakata

It seems to me more stereotype than archetype. As there’s lot’s of material about children over there that has little to do sexualisation, including anime.

Furthermore, having kids fight monsters and villains is entirely separate issue. And the basis of many fantasy and fiction stories both in the East and West, as far as I am aware. So I am not sure what the fuss is about.

As I said, I am not seeing anything off here. And to be frank, the insinuation of such more creeping me out than anything. Sorry. :(

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Line

Everything can be sexualized sadly… and they know it.
That’s why you get so many “waifu” games now, especially coming from Nintendo of all things.
Sex sells.
Even if it’s not directly shown in the game.

But yes, there’s a really strange and pervasive attitude in the genre now… from people that are not always so worried about characters look like, usually.

For Tera I played an Elin and found that ridiculous.
I had a grand total of one option that was “sexy”, added years after release.
Everything else was frilly skirts and weird armor that would be more fitting for a doll, and not a sex one.
The community on the other hand… that was creepy. And Enmasse certainly loved to keep those customers happy, biggest money makers without a doubt.

The players, both the ones creating issues and the ones blaming them by making screenshots for… “posterity” make it a problem, and you go from cute characters to weird ass stuff (take a look at FFXIV Miqo’te to see how warped it can become with not much blame from the company).

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Utakata

Err, yes…but that’s not really answering my inquiry. o.O

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Mewmew

It’s because this video is normal and not showing the loli armors, which they sadly do have as well. If they just stuck with non sexualized clothes like this it would have been great and amazing.

And if I play the game, I’m definitely playing the little girl :P It’s super fun to play the small cute stuff. And I certainly won’t ever be dressing up in the more lewd outfits, although sad to say many (mostly dudes – not meaning to be offensive but it’s true) will be.

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Utakata

To be clear, I also indicated I checked the pics of armor options from the source as well…there really isn’t anything there. There is no chain mail bikini’s or pornstar o’couture I can see, Asian style or not. Granted it’s not an example what maybe disingenuously be offered in the cash shop in that way. But in comparison…I’ve seen a lot worse for us Gnomes in WoW. Just saying.

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Space Captain Zor

lol stuff like this always makes me wonder if a Hogwarts/Harry Potter universe MMO was developed and let people experience their own 7 years of becoming a young-to-adult wizard would these same issues exist? How would that be received by now-adult gamers who were they themselves kids when those books first came out? Etc.

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silverlock

Child character’s are fine in the right context but game’s involving lots of violence aren’t one of them, a school environment on the other hand should be fine.

Mind you I stopped reading Harry Potter when she started to kill the children.

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Jack Pipsam

What about Telltale’s The Walking Dead? Clem is meant to be like 9 in the first game and the context is perfectly legit.

Fact is million’s of children around the world grow up around violence, either domestic or war-zones. It isn’t too out of the question to have children and violence together in fantasy when it is a reality.

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what’s going on in this thread?

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mysecretid

Lolis creep me out, so I won’t be playing this.