The paternalization and sexualization of female characters in video games it is one of the most widespread practices in the industry. A problem that, fortunately, increasingly has more voices and professionals looking for a different reality in the way of representing women in the middle.
In search of characters more in line with what a woman is beyond the wet dreams of a teenager, the need to find less damsels in distress with sumptuous curves seems to collide head-on with the figure of Lady Dimitrescu
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On the sexualization of Lady Dimitrescu
Turned into a sexual meme in recent months, the giant vampire seems far from dodging the problem of turning women into objects against which characters like Ellie or Abby from The Last of Us 2 Emily’s Dishonored 2, but some believe that it is a step forward in another direction.
As collected in your interesting thread from Twitter @xavierck3d, Dimitrescu’s great asset is approaching a sexualization never seen before in the medium. A sexualization more mature able to impress with her virtual curves while staying human and realistic.
As this artist who passed through Insomniac and has dedicated his career to the creation of 3D characters, collects, Lady Dimitrescu it enjoys stretch marks, wrinkles and blemishes. She is a middle-aged woman who, despite having widely shown how sexy she is, does not at all match what the video game industry had considered sexy until now.
The level of care which went into her design speaks to what the people making felt mattered.
This is why I think Lady Dimitrescu is an important character in games, even if she’s still part of the still-pretty-narrow spectrum of Sexy Video Game Ladies.
— Xavier (@xavierck3d) May 11, 2021
“The level of care put into its design speaks to what the people who created it considered important.
That’s why I think Lady Dimitrescu is an important character in games, even despite being part of the still narrow spectrum of sexy female characters in a video game. “
Also reviewing aspects about the naturalness of her chest or the design of her dress, both what is explained in the thread and the debate Later that has been mounted in the comments has ended up becoming one of the most interesting readings of the day.