September 19th, 2005

Need a little relief from worrying your head over the Revolution controller? I sure as hell do. (I mean, oh my God, I don’t want to play with a remote controller, but, oh my God, it’s so innovative and unique that I have to support it, but, oh my God, what if I have the hiccups while I’m playing, won’t I screw up my game!?… Trust me, this could go on.) Anyways, take a break, and check this out. It’s too hilarious and juicy to pass up:

1up’s Tokyo Game Show 2005 “Booth Babes!”

Booth babes in general are a bottomless pit of fun, but there’s so much more going on here it just makes me want to giggle with anthropological glee. First, you’ll notice certain Japanese cultural trends (Let’s all be careful not to stereotype.), like the lack of individuality that arises when you dress up 100 booth babes in the same matching beret-topped outfit, and the whole, women-are-sexy-as-cats thing that you find in a lot anime.

But if the Japanese seem strange to us, just take a look at those Americans. There are 42 odd comments by, duh, Americain males, and each is more revealing then the next. They range from “I love asian chix!” to “Asian women are on my top fantasy list. Talk dirty to me in japanese babe…Don’t be shy” to “THEY ARE SO HOT……….i want one.” Ah, Said, no worries, orientalism is alive and well in the minds of teenage boys. More on this later. For now, just bask.

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4 Responses to ““I Love Asian Chix!””

  1. Illidan Says:

    *skimmed the comments*

    Someone called for booth hunks, at least.

    Still stupid, though. An equality of ignorance is worse then some ignorance some intelligence.

  2. Bonnie Says:

    I don’t think it’s as simple as ignorance though. I mean, that’s the problem with booth babes in general, but there’s something else here, something in their Japanese-ness that makes them more attractive, and, perhaps, specifically more attractive to gamers. Why exactly are “Asian chix” so hot, and how does that relate to Japan as the video game land of milk-and-honey (in the mind of gamers)?

    Just some things to think about it. I recently worked on an ethnography of video gamer perceptions of Japan, so these issues are still bouncing about in my mind.

  3. Lleld Says:

    If you were to ask me why I found Asian women attractive, I would have to say that, for me, it’s the shape of the face. Something about how the lower half of the face conforms into a gentle ‘v’ I find irresistable. So, for me, it has nothing to do with Japan’s gaming industry (though I find _that_ fairly attractive too. XD)

  4. Bonnie Says:

    Huh, I never thought about that before, the bottom curve of a face. Interesting, because that part of the ethnic Japanese look can also be found in anime design, whereas as anime characters, with their large eyes, light hair,etc., are traditionally considered to be rendered after an aesthetic of western figures. I wonder though, would the particular “shape of the face” be so attractive to you if American women had it too? Of course, to each his own, but perhaps what makes that feature so striking is its uniqueness, how exotic it seems in contrast to the norm that surrounds which surrounds us… ?

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