Moonlight Blade is really excited about its childlike Loli characters

    
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If you were hoping that Moonlight Blade would have taken a second look at its Loli characters and decided to cover them up with a blanket of ignorance, guess again. The upcoming Asian MMO is pumping out trailer after trailer starring the childlike and idolized characters, making for all sorts of uncomfortable reactions in the west.

So let’s use this as a conversation starter. Are sexualized adolescent characters acceptable in MMOs if they come from cultures that are generally more OK with them? Will Moonlight Blade’s Loli keep you from trying the game? Will you do your best to ignore them or shrug and roll up on up anyway?

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HNN

I don’t really care, I don’t like the look of shorter characters like dwarfs, gnomes, etc so I always make a normal sized character in the end

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Jack Pipsam

How do you feel about giants?

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HNN

Eh about the same though if I have to pick one over another it would be a giant

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Mewmew

If I play the game, I will be playing one of those characters. To me it represents myself when I was younger, only in a dream world where I was powerful. Of course I will dress her up in the more appropriate clothes. Cute is fine, sexualized is not. Though this outfit here isn’t really a sexualized one – though yes they do have some that are far more sexualized in this game this one doesn’t count in that category. Still there’s something creepy about it a bit.

When they dress the child characters in lingerie and weird stuff in these games I think we should have an edit for the US. It’s not cool or okay, and I don’t care how many weirdos complain about the edit, we don’t need virtual child porn for people to oogle.

They have some pretty bad anime games on mobile that get sent over here, there’s one that looks like a fun girls soccer game (and actually does play pretty fun) but it ends up having constant upskirt shots of sweaty panties stuck tightly to bodies showing detailed genital outlines of girls as young as 9 or 10 and such. Despite having different interesting fun gameplay in the game, I had to move on because of the weird child sexualization in it.

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Jadefox

We have beauty pageants where people dress up girls under 10 to look like 20 year-olds…
Has anyone had to take a 11-17 year old cloths shopping? When you complain about that your called a prude. That you just need to “let them grow up”

BUT a videogame(with characters that are made of pixels and are not real) makes people feel dirty?

Reality is so much more perverted than any game, but people don’t get upset about it.

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Mewmew

Um, yes, we do get upset about reality – non stop. People complain about those pageants all the time. People complain about how young girls dress all the time. There is also a vast difference between a 8-11 year old (and younger) than there is a 15-17 year old. One is way more creepy and weird and Parents should have more control over them. How you think people don’t get upset in real about this stuff astounds me. You must purposely zone out when people are complaining because I hear people talk about this stuff all the time.

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Melissa McDonald

… can’t think of anything constructive to say. edit.

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Shannon Giblett

I don’t get it how is this video worse than the garbage they show in television programs like Dance Moms which is weirdly popular in the west?

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Chris Moss

just looked it up, that show has 7 seasons………

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Melissa McDonald

the pageant ones like Jon Benet are the creepy ones to me.

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Jack Pipsam

I suppose they know their demographic.
I mean they’re allowed too, they can do what they want, I won’t call for censorship. After watching the video, while she looks as weird to me as all the character models in a lot of Asian games tend too, I have seen far-far worse than a kid jumping about.

It’s just not the kind of thing I dig. Would it turn me off the game? Dunno, I typically never play these games because I don’t care for their gameplay, I often don’t care for the mechanics, lore or even little things like UI.

But I don’t think I would ever be solely turned off a game I might otherwise enjoy because of the loli stuff, I have seen so much loli and anime shit growing up online that I am largely desensitised to it now unless it’s a particularly egregious example.

I frankly don’t care for sexy stuff in MMOs at the best of times, even with adult characters. I suppose it was part of the reason I could never truly mesh with Conan.

What is and isn’t acceptable for a 3D character model in a video game is up to each person to decide for themselves. Coming from a country which infamously censors games from time to time, I don’t wish that shit on anybody else.

It’s not for me, but really I don’t care much either way, like I said, I have seen this shit so much online and even in retail anime stores that I just shrug now. I don’t accept the idea media hurts people. I rather place my outrage on actual damage in the world than ‘thought crimes’.

At the end of the day, it’s all about supply and demand for this kind of thing, if enough people didn’t want it, they wouldn’t do it.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Can I dance along with her? For once, something called ‘loli’ doesn’t have me cringing and turning away. This video has me strangely interested in having a child sidekick to adventure the fantasy world with! She’s so HAPPY! :D

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thirtymil

I don’t think this discussion ever really comes down to having childlike characters in games, or certain features (in this case, ‘cuteness’) of said characters being accentuated – after all, the same idolization applies to male characters’ muscles and female characters’, er, ahh, waistlines. Whether it’s right or not is not so much the case as whether we’re used to it.

Where it usually gets uncomfortable for childlike characters is in the clothing, animation and camera angle department. In this case, the only thing I was slightly uncomfortable with was the extended focus on the legs. Everything else seemed rather tame, really.

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MrEllis

I was gonna say “I don’t think anyone here is supportive of sexualizing children.” But then I read the comments. I guess that’s something I can’t say now.

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Alex Hyer

So is Jared, from Subway.