Women not prefering to stare at women who are presented like Ivy are not uptight its like would you and your male circle like to see men dressed as chip N dale's in 80% of the games out there regardless of what the character is undertaking and regardless of weather he is even the hero or npc? Weather its due to girls don't like or girls don't want to play their (previously fit for battle) avatar as bondage, bikini babe or they're sick of the design ingeneral isn't a prude thing its a preference thing you not knowing any women who are outwardly claiming to love seeing their avatar forced to run around under protected just to flash skin for the sake of skin when previously this was not the case doesn't mean no one exists obviously people do, this 20% divide is one group showing that 20% didn't care yet 20% did and left. Now sure we could always say because more men joined women left but then why did more men joining cause them to leave? These men signed up to play only after the sexy changes so did they bring vitriol along for the ride? The only way that holds up is if this midievil RPG had chat and allowed players to interact unfortunately the marketing dev didn't say that but the fact 20% dropped right after sexy came on board its more likly the increased cup size and removal of clothing to scantly clad levels effecting their own personal avatars was a factor more so then the extra men.Guerilla said:They just assume that women fled because of cleavage. Personally, I've never met women so uptight that behave like that in my life . In fact most women I know don't give a crap about shit like this and the only people I've met who do care are internet warriors who are eager to protect women from these "threats".white_wolf said:Yes there are differences for different cultures and then we have individual tastes so basically no one can be just written off as prude = doesn't play games. Also why would a male player increase cause women to flee when they were just fine playing the game with the 50%? Considering the change in appearance not gameplay was made there is no reason to say because more men joined up the original base fled.Guerilla said:A lot of anecdotal evidence and unsourced material. In my experience women aren't that prude and many of them have no problem with porn. Then again I'm not an American so maybe that's the problem since there's a difference culture about sex there.white_wolf said:Yeah the sexuality can be a factor in driving women away or never picking up the game to start with there are reasons why men who date/married to female console gamers who play Witcher can't get them to try it because those women see them playing it and go its a porn simulator.Guerilla said:So the sexuality part is what drives the other gender away.
I also found a man commenting in a thread once stated he worked for a marketing firm that aided video games makers appeal he stated a case he undertook of a developer who made an RPG and wanted to boarden their market even more prior to this for 5 years the game was holding steady with its players and at a split of 40%F and 50%M players this man told this developer decloth your female avatars and npcs and while your at it sex them up inflate their breast, the dev did as instructed and the numbers switched 20%F to 70%M that game dev sacrificed its fem base for more men and cash. Not to mention all the women (and some men) on here can tell you about the games they haven't picked up do to the way the women in any game are treated and look ( like to scantily dressed for their role or weather compared to the men of the same) in game or portrayed in advertising that turns them off.
Also, did you consider that maybe it wasn't women that left at all but men that came that caused the percentages to change?
Your saying women can't get along with more men but they were just fine 5 years on and only left after this change so it doesn't hold up that you think more men = women run off instead of unnecessarily changing their (the women's characters) characters to pander to men because sexing the women only instead of both avatars wasn't done to bring in more women, improve the characters fighting abilities, or improve the game controls. What the devs did when they changed the women to sexy avatars was convey a message to the female gamers this game is no longer for you, you can play if you want but really you aren't our concern its one alot of games do in advertising or in game content (most devs do this unconsciously) it doesn't stop women from playing them especially if they can find other parts of the game to like but it is acting as a deterrent to other women who aren't going to pick it up and give it a try because of the women being cliched.
A simple solution would be to have both male and female characters have a sexy set of clothing and a non sexy set of clothing that is cool looking so players can pick, the RPG the marketer told to change up might've been able to keep their 20% fem players if they were allowed to revert the costumes to their original state. The other solution would be don't advertise the game on female sex sells instead advertise it on the story sells.