The second issue of the DDNet e-magazine is now live. Continuing our theme of focusing on one specific topic each month, this time around we’ve taken a close look at the ever-controversial theme of fanservice.
Ah yes, fanservice. What so many immediately assume to mean “girls in their underwear,” doesn’t need to mean that at all. Certainly, sexualisation is a one way fanservice can go, but it’s not the only direction. Smash Bros. is fanservice in a pure forum, but it’s completely sexualisation-free, after all.
But even when it is the sexualised kind of fanservice, why do so many people dismiss a fanservicey game out of mind the moment they find out about its content? Fanservice can be implemented in an intelligent and meaningful manner into games, and used to make a point, or to enhance a person’s connection to the game, or even reward the most dedicated of fans for their years of faithful support.
With this issue of the magazine, we’ve taken a serious look at the various facets of fanservice, talking about it in relation to games and themes such as:
- Hatsune Miku
- Final Fantasy XIV
- Senran Kagura
- Dead or Alive
- Sonic & Sega All Stars: Racing Transformed
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