Boobs and Geeks, a major desillusion...
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I recently observed a recurrent fashion about the choices of the publishers when it comes to "illustrate" a game. Of course, art quality is always a good thing if you want to get all the attention of potential custumers. Actually, "catch the eye" would more accurate.

And again, today, it caught my eye again.

I thought that today's geeks were so different from the 80's stereotype, where geeks were easily considered as "man-with-thick-glasses-and-definitly-virgin". I thought that today's geeks were finally grown up people, with a familly life and with a normal understanding of the "other sex"

Well, I was wrong. It is now obvious that geeks are still childish, obsessed, easily corrupted by the sight of a "piece of soft flesh"...

Yes my friend, we are weak, and publishers know it.

You don't believe me? Well, look at all the adds here on BGG (if you don't have the adblock) ! half of them are very.... hum shall I say... Tasty?shake


PS: beside the fact that this geeklist was created just to get your attention, I would like to go deeper in the analysis (If I may...).
I am the kind of person that is not chocked by nudity. As a french, nudity is part of our culture and we see it as something natural. therefore, topless beaches, nude scene in a movie, artistic nudity, are something that we accept naturally. We are all exposed to this when we are kid and we don't see it as something "dirty".

My tolerance level for "sexy stuff" is therefore extremely high before having "naughty" thoughts, shall I say.

However, when I see something like this on a game cover, I am a bit confuse about the "role" of the art. Is it themed related? was it necessary?...

Well I came to the conclusion that, no. It is just to get catch our eye, to attract all the attention... and make us buy...

So, lets see a list of games with "boobs&more" that caught my eye, but lets see if it will have some effects on me...laugh

(please be "gentle" with my english, non native language)
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well... A zombie game... with cute girls and almost visible cleavage.... So not themed related... I won't buy this...

Want to try to fool my primitive brain with this?
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My, my, my,... Are you trying to tell me that the game is so not interesting that you have to display this?

It has the opposite effect on me: this looks suspicious.

This editor seems to have a specific target I guess...
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Looks like a "trivia" game, but quick and fun. I don't see a good reason for the cleavage here. Still, I may take it as a "filler"
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well At least, this one is themed related... But still I think I know enough "games for two", so sorry, not for me.
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not boobs, but a nice view from behind. This is about the decadence of rome. I like decadence. This is so themed related.

This might actually be the first Ystari game that has a real theme...

My next purchase.
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Definitely matches with the theme of the game. Looks much more like a fun game than a real "naughty" game. I might give a try sometime...
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So not right... Although I may buy it for my Kids sometime... (or not)
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damned... I did it... I wanted it to avoid a geeklist with this game, but I am afraid it is not possible here.

another memo-game. hum... I think all geeks here should play this game at least once to be able to say: "I did it". and then forget about it.
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The first thing my wife noticed about the box. shake

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Then of course she noticed this one...

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FFG is particularly bad about this as of late. My FLGS owner and I were just having a discussion about this the other day.
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I don't know, maybe its the Nazis. Did they all have gigantic boobs?
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I don't even see why you would buy this. Why not just buy the deck of cards with naked ladies on it?
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Is it just me or do my balls itch?
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Here is a blatant use of sex to sell, this game must be awful... for the sake of John Ashcroft I am posting my censored image that covers up the titty.
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This is the first game I thought of when I saw the list.
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The title caught my attension

Not even the mighty Cthulhu is above using sex to sell his swag.
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Plenty 'o boobs in this one. Oddly enough, I think the re-themed & streamlined version of this (Girl Genius: The Works) features much less boob but is a better game & sold better.
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Don't forget the Mimix. Especially as the theme in this game is pastied...I mean pasted on.
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In the wise words of Goober and the Peas,

"I like hot, hot women and cold, cold beer."
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Even a wargame company can succumb to the temptation ...


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The first edition, called King of Kings, was just embarassing.
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The most revealing item on this list, yet somehow, the most tasteful (along with, perhaps, the shot of the woman with the flaming eyeball censor (O: ).
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The game was censored in mid-production
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If you look at the bottom of the cover, you'll clearly see a lady with some ample bust!
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