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25th Sep '16 6:07:15 AM DesertDragon
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The practice of putting a sexy women on the box art and in advertisements for video games without her actually ''appearing'' in the game, or only appearing in a very minor, unmemorable role. SexSells, logic be damned. It can be seen as especially odd if the game features several significant female characters who could have been used instead, but it doesn't really matter who the girl is. She is there only to attract the MaleGaze, due to the assumption that [[MostGamersAreMale most gamers are (heterosexual) men]]. Once he sees what the game is about and decides whether or not to buy it, her job is done.

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The practice of putting a sexy women on the box art and in advertisements for video games without her actually ''appearing'' in the game, or only appearing in a very minor, unmemorable role.role that doesn't warrant such front-and-center visibility. SexSells, logic be damned. It can be seen as especially odd if the game features several significant female characters who could have been used instead, but it doesn't really matter who the girl is. She is there only to attract the MaleGaze, due to the assumption that [[MostGamersAreMale most gamers are (heterosexual) men]]. Once he sees what the game is about and decides whether or not to buy it, her job is done.
4th Sep '16 1:21:37 PM rjd1922
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* A male, non-{{Fanservice}} example. Ads for ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' have been using pictures of YouTube's [[https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJWittz TheJWittz]], specifically a cartoon depiction of him that appears in the thumbnails of his videos. He recently made and posted [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uohYSISNJIc this video]] all about it.

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* A male, non-{{Fanservice}} example. Ads Some news stories and unofficial ads for ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' have been using pictures of YouTube's Website/YouTube's [[https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJWittz TheJWittz]], specifically a cartoon depiction of him that appears in the thumbnails of his videos. He recently made and posted [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uohYSISNJIc this video]] all about it.
20th Aug '16 8:11:50 AM ironballs16
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** And it's no longer exclusive to women - companies have used artwork of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' characters to advertise their games, among other (copyrighted) titles.
7th Aug '16 4:35:29 AM Galacton
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The practice of putting sexy women on the box art and in advertisements for video games without her actually ''appearing'' in the game, or only appearing in a very minor, unmemorable role. SexSells, logic be damned. It can be seen as odd if the game features several significant female characters who could have been used instead, but it doesn't really matter who the girl is. She is there only to attract the MaleGaze, due to the assumption that [[MostGamersAreMale most gamers are (heterosexual) men]]. Once he sees what the game is about and decides whether or not to buy it, her job is done.

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The practice of putting a sexy women on the box art and in advertisements for video games without her actually ''appearing'' in the game, or only appearing in a very minor, unmemorable role. SexSells, logic be damned. It can be seen as especially odd if the game features several significant female characters who could have been used instead, but it doesn't really matter who the girl is. She is there only to attract the MaleGaze, due to the assumption that [[MostGamersAreMale most gamers are (heterosexual) men]]. Once he sees what the game is about and decides whether or not to buy it, her job is done.
29th Jul '16 3:41:26 PM KiraDoom
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* A male, non-{{Fanservice}} example. Ads for ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' have been using pictures of YouTube's [[https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJWittz TheJWittz]], specifically a cartoon depiction of him that appears in the thumbnails of his videos. He recently made and posted [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uohYSISNJIc this video]] all about it.
13th Jun '16 9:01:52 PM Yuihime
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* Zig-zagged in the case of ''VideoGame/RuneScape''. NPC heroine Linza the Blacksmith was ''intended'' to appear in-game as a fellow adventurer like the player, complete with her own quest series, but all of her quests ended up in DevelopmentHell, so for years the she only ever appeared in advertisements and the odd cameo, flaunting her cleavage and bare arms. In May 2016 the quest "Kindred Spirits" was finally green-lit to star Linza... [[InvertedTrope and was advertised as a quest about the Barrows Brothers instead]].
13th Jun '16 6:24:37 PM AnotherDuck
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* Just log into {{Facebook}} and look at the various advertisements for browser-based games along the right-hand side. The marketing departments for them definitely took the idea of SexSells to heart.
* Many free-to-play mobile games, particularly strategy-type games like Evony on the App Store and Android market feature this type of advertising, usually featuring art of scantily-clad female characters for their icons and screenshots and not actually showing what the game looks like. Some role-playing and card-collecting games do the same, but at least have the benefit of actually featuring said female characters in the gameplay.
29th May '16 11:49:03 AM Assassin-sensei
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* Promotional material for ''Big Bang Empire'' refers to as a triple-X game and is covered in topless women. Truthfully, if you play on an adult website, you're going to get a few brief topless scenes, and on Facebook it's completely free of nudity.
17th Apr '16 3:07:28 PM Psychopompos007
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* The ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'' mod for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' adds new ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''-themed loading screens to the game, one of them being a picture of Valeria; said loading screen is also one of the official illustrations showed in the ''Skyrim Nexus'' mod's page. It's Valeria only appearance in the game.

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* The ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'' mod for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' adds new ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''-themed loading screens to the game, among other things[[note]]a quest, a large dungeon, new items, and new crafting recipes[[/note]], one of them being a picture of Valeria; said loading screen is also one of the official illustrations showed in the ''Skyrim Nexus'' mod's page. It's Valeria only appearance in the game.
17th Apr '16 3:05:36 PM Psychopompos007
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* The ''VideoGame/ConanHyborianAge'' mod for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' adds new ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982''-themed loading screens to the game, one of them being a picture of Valeria; said loading screen is also one of the official illustrations showed in the ''Skyrim Nexus'' mod's page. It's Valeria only appearance in the game.
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