To borrow a term from that tumblr blog’s title, “bikini armor” on girls is often defended in video games because “that’s the way the game designers wanted it” or “it’s a fantasy game! It doesn’t have to be realistic.” One of my favorite examples is Quiet from Metal Gear Solid V. She’s an assassin, shoots big guns, has an Easter egg where she gives the player a “personal shower,” you know, all that good stuff.
From the Metal Gear wiki:
“Quiet wore a minimal amount of clothing at all times because she could only breathe through her skin following parasite-treatment due to the serious injuries she had sustained while trying to kill Big Boss during the hospital raid; wearing too much clothing would lead to suffocation.”
How, you ask?
” …she survived [her burns], although with severe enough injuries to allow herself to be infected with a mutant strain of the “the one that covers” parasites used to create the Parasite Unit which allowed her to breathe through her skin and take in nutrients via photosynthesis.”
Ah yes, skin photosynthesis! We can’t give her more clothes, she’ll die!
This whole “backstory” about this “special parasite treatment” is completely unnecessary and irrelevant to the plot. It’s only purpose is to explain why she’s wearing so little clothing – I know the Metal Gear games have a lot of weird, future-y technologies like cloning, accelerated growth, giant destructive robots, etc., but “parasites that give you photosynthesis” is just ridiculous.
Even the concept art shows her in a very revealing costume, which makes me think that they intended for her to be a “fighting fucktoy” right from the start. Honestly, I’d rather see a female assassin with burn scars all over, because 1) Quiet would actually have burn scars if it weren’t for those magical parasites and 2) there’s already too many thin, white, tall, pretty female characters.
And if she’s gonna run around shooting things with you and your teammates, maybe give her some body armor? A vest? You know, things that can actually protect you from bullets and stabbing, and other hazardous work conditions (it’s not easy being an assassin!)
And yet, people are complaining about Mevius: Final Fantasy designs for that gaudy, revealing, impractical guy armor. C’mon people, girls can play video games too, and maybe we’d like to see some well-defined muscles on our protags instead of just big boobs and big butts all the time.