Admin, being the rabid video game player that she is, was--way in the beginning--in it for the gameplay. And that was fine. Lovely, in fact. And there are some games that Admin does still play for the gameplay alone.
But as the years progressed, & Admin started paying more attention to such matters, she began to notice a trend: first of all, that she was ten times more likely to purchase a game with bishounen/biseinen characters in it; & second, that games with bishounen/biseinen characters were getting easier & easier to find.
Several conclusions can be drawn from this.
A) The video game market is finally waking up to the fact that video games don't appeal only to those with external genitalia, & is also realizing that women--being complex creatures with simple tastes--want a hot man to ogle whilst they play their games.
B) The video game designers are drawing more & more heavily from the character designs of their favorite animes.
C) Video game programmers have decided that making their own image into an anime-style character is more of an ego boost than into, say, Conan the Barbarian, & have changed the character designs accordingly.
D) The American game market is ded, & all games now come from Japan.
The first possibility is a nice one, but the last is the most likely.
ANYway, whatever the reason, the fact is that more & more bishies are finding their way into video games. The trend started with FFVII; the designers made Sephiroth, Vincent, & Cloud, & to their surprise sales EXPLODED. Why? Because women saw pictures of the men in the game & said to themselves, 'I would play a game for fifteen hours to take a better look at THAT.'
Admin knows this from experience. She bought FFVII for that exact reason. (Mmm. Vincent.) And the fact that every time she starts a new FFVII file she goes a full hour out of her way on Vincent's sub-quest just to acquire him is more proof that if women see a secksay boi in a video game, they will do quite a lot for the chance to ogle him.
And it's not just in the looks, either. Characters are starting to become more anime-ish in their actions & personality as well. For instance...Sephiroth goes insane in FFVII & wants to destroy everything. (Sorry if Admin has spoiled anyone...) In the anime Escaflowne, Dilandau is insane & wants to destroy everything. (Admin admits that she's rather vague on any details of Escaflowne, so this may not be -entirely- accurate...) And, quite frankly, a character going insane & trying to destroy everything isn't unheard of in most anime storylines.
Also, the main character often finds himself assaulted by a number of attractive women, which is a common anime theme. (Alright, yes, this is also an American theme, just because guys like seeing that, but still.)
But, most importantly, the characters are gaining more & more depth as games go along. Gone are the days where little blobs of pixels ran around saving kingdoms just because a king asked them to. Gone are the days when if you met a character, they would introduce themselves as, 'I am Kain, a thief' & are promped to LET JOIN? (YES) (NO). Characters are gaining backgrounds & individual personalities, storylines are gaining plot twists & depth--& while this isn't exclusively an anime feature, how well it's pulled off is one of the things that makes anime better than American cartoons. It's, in Admin's personal opinion, what makes anime -anime-.
But, of course, the aesthetics being what they are, the simple fact is that nearly every game in a fantasy genre out there today has at least one highly attractive guy running around. Not always the main character; sometimes (but not often) he's not even a playable character. But he's there for you to admire.
For example: Monster Rancher 3. Admin & Android bought this out of curiosity, really, & Admin quickly got hooked. Not for the monsters, although those were alright--but for the rivalry. Because, you see, there are several places you can train your monster to make it better--&, at each of these places, there are different opponents that show up at random to battle you. Several of these opponents are HIGHLY attractive males...in Admin's opinion, at least.
Now, what got Admin started on this rant?
Devil May Cry 2.
..............OH MY GOD.
Admin saw some of the screenshots, & a pic of Dante done by some artist, & almost passed out.
What can Admin say? The picture was GORGEOUS. Maybe she'll scan it so y'all can ogle it too.
The screenshots were pretty damn good themselves. It looks better than the original DMC, which is saying something. They -still- haven't figured out how to make Dante's hair look wispy instead of pixelly, Admin noted, but other than that.....niiiiiiiiiiice.
Admin also notes that according to the preview article, Dante's gonna have more moves to forget than Arien will ever use in his entire fucking life, which is also saying something. He can shoot in two different directions now with his guns, which is going to be kickass, though how they'll manage that Admin doesn't know...Dante even has the ability to shoot one monster in front of him & one monster behind him -at the same time-.
THAT is going to be unreal.
Also, apparently Dante has learned how to run along walls.
Admin can only hope they do the dialogue & storyline better than last time...they were laughable. The gameplay was fantastic....it was the other two areas where the game fell down.
Christ, has Admin gotten off-topic...
Anyway, as anyone with an XBox, PS2, or GameCube & who's done a little research knows, a hella lot of games are coming out with kickass bishounen/biseinen in 'em. They're coming out with...Shinobi, I believe...& another ninja game beside that, the stars of which are......wow. Then there's DMC2; Kingdom Hearts has a bunch of bishies recycled from Square games....
Admin's said it before, she'll say it again. Fangirls shouldn't be looking just in anime for bishies. Check out some video game magazines, & you'll discover there's almost as many bishounen between those pages as in the pages of Animerica.
Now Admin is going to sit down & stop rambling.