'Boob Jam' Game Development Challenge Receives Support

An official promotional image for 'Lightning Returns' from Square Enix.An official promotional image for 'Lightning Returns' from Square Enix.It's no surprise that videogame characters are designed to be attractive — or that attractiveness is often engineered from a straight white male's perspective.

That means breasts. Large, voluptuous, bouncy breasts. Videogames' preponderance of well-endowed women has even created a new term — "breast physics" — to describe the process of engineering breasts to jiggle — if not realistically, at least appealingly.

But it's time to get real: Breasts are a lot more than just sexy; they can be a serious health risk. They can be a liability in athletics, or just a factor in whether a shirt fits or not. And, they can be really, really annoying.

It seems that games writer Jenn Frank was thinking of that latter reason when she tweeted earlier this week (July 30) that "I'm gonna make a game called "Final Reality," and it's gonna be about how I just accidentally smeared tons of deodorant all over my left [breast]."

A minute later, she tweeted, "What if you had to watch a sexy videogame character also buy bras, cry softly when she can't find one that fits and go in for mammograms?"

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Within 24 hours, Frank's tweets had received so many positive responses and suggestions for boob-based games that she decided to make a game jam, or a game development challenge, around the idea.

The purpose of "Boob Jam," as the challenge is titled, is to have videogame developers and creators make a videogame that deals with an aspect of female breasts other than the fact that they're sexy and fun to look at.

Within the next 24 hours, Frank had received such an overwhelmingly positive reaction, including many suggestions for games or game features, that she and several friends realized there was something to the idea.

And in the few days since the game design "Boob Jam" first sprouted, the concept has been developing quickly.

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  • back_by_demand
    I have an idea for a boob game, you need Kinect 2, and at least 1 hand free
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  • back_by_demand
    I have an idea for a boob game, you need Kinect 2, and at least 1 hand free
  • mavikt
    Sooo, I'm à white male, not much I can do about that, and I'm all for it. And in the future, to get rid of any/all debate about political correctness, how about adding a dialogue before engaging à potential sexistic game where you would enter your preferences: I prefer small/medium/large white/black/red/blue male/females! Presto!
  • Steveymoo
    This girl sure does love to talk about her boobs. I think she is even more obsessed with them than some guys. I find it ever so slightly ironic that complaining about the game industries' fixation with boobs, mixed with her own fixation on her own figure, ultimately draws more attention to... boobs.
  • mynith
    Gotta love the recommended articles on this one. "Facebook mistakes woman's elbow for boob", "Google just made it harder to find boobs" and "What doesn't make sense to 3D print"
  • ubercake
    Wow. That seems pretty worthwhile.
  • shin0bi272
    This is a stupid idea... if I want reality I'll go outside. I play video games to get AWAY from reality (but want them to look as realistic as possible just not doing everyday tasks). You can really tell that the woman who wrote this proposal for this game is a vindictive, feminist, non-gamer who hates the objectification of women in games. Its going to get a lot of donors because guys will think its about boobs but in reality its about stupid crap that normal women do every day and it will be like going to the mall with your mom to watch her try on bras. No one will enjoy this game and no one cares about the feminist movement anymore... just go away.
  • shin0bi272
    This is a stupid idea... if I want reality I'll go outside. I play video games to get AWAY from reality (but want them to look as realistic as possible just not doing everyday tasks). You can really tell that the woman who wrote this proposal for this game is a vindictive, feminist, non-gamer who hates the objectification of women in games. Its going to get a lot of donors because guys will think its about boobs but in reality its about stupid crap that normal women do every day and it will be like going to the mall with your mom to watch her try on bras. No one will enjoy this game and no one cares about the feminist movement anymore... just go away.
  • Algernon Ex
    "back by demand" you are my new official idol.
  • IQ11110002
    Good luck selling this game, You are going to need it lady!
    Seriously some women out their need to get some, I mean if games came out with men being exploited, Having large dongs dangling around with physics I wouldn't care in the slightest,Actually I think I would laugh and joke about it with mates and make a character just to dangle it around in game showing off the physics. ;)
    Lighten up lady, It's just entertainment.No one is being named it is just some made up computer generated fictitious character.
  • IQ11110002
    Edit button would be nice, Ignore the spelling mistakes! ;)
  • badaxe2
    Leave it to a jealously bothered woman to come up with a pointlessly sarcastic idea like this. I never knew smearing "tons of deodorant" all over anything was realistic.
  • alextheblue
    Male characters in video games don't have to deal with all the real problems either! I think they should make a game where you have to complete a minigame to zip up your pants safely, and you have to scratch your nuts periodically otherwise your itch meter maxes out and you catch fire. Not to mention automatic critical hit if they nail you in the balls. /sarcasm #feministsmakewomenlookbad
  • kenh536
    @alextheblue Holy crap I just died. I could actually see that in a Saints Row game lol.
  • fulle
    Wait, waait, what?! NOOOOOO!!!!!!

    Lightning's breast size was perfect before!!! And now they're going to be too large!

    I mean, *sigh* Ds? Ds aren't good.... with Ds it's only a matter of time before the ravages of gravity destroys everything. Hell, and with her character getting older, she'd only have a few good years left in her, before it's a situation where she takes her shirt of and it's cringe worthy.

    Damn you Square-Enix! Damn you to hell!

    *cries for Lightning's ruined boobs*

    This is truly tragic, and horrible news. Oh... and some feminist is offended by something again, and made some lame site. Who cares?
  • dtq
    Mavikt, Im just envisaging the scene from the original total recall (not seen the remake yet) where he selects his companion for the memory implant. What a great idea to bring that to gaming :D. Perhaps extending it to any companion characters rather than just a one off "interest" character. My game my story andjust a little bit more my vision...
  • btdude6
    Dedicated to the woman who decided it was a good idea to write an article about something that is specifically marketed towards and mostly only affects men:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqKcvjKLHXg#t=25s
  • DragonChase
    @fulleYou need to F**** more often...seriously.