Why are people so bothered when characters show skin? Does it affect you in any way?
I hate all kinds of fanservice.
As a pretty big fan, her sanctity bothers me. Not as a woman, but as a character. It's not about the outfits being slutty or what, it's about unsuitability. Fanservice doesn't necessarily mean skin, it just means something that the character usually WILL NOT wear by normal circumstances. For Lightning to show skin, a 'sexy side', is fanservice. Somewhat.
I kicked the same fuss when a RAIDEN suit from MGS became available for Ezio Auditore.
The same reason there weren't Mass Effect or Ezio Auditore costumes in LR anymore. Kitase said Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed fans, as well as Final Fantasy fans were all somewhat offended by them in XIII-2. Tomb Raider is an exception because 'It's Square's flagship title, blah blah'. Some nonsense.
...First of all, what is with the hatred for fanservice the last few years?
Second, why can't a strong woman wear a bikini? Why does she have to cover up? Wouldn't be a sign of a stronger woman to be able to wear something revealing if they choose to and yet still remain their dignity?
But, seriously, there's been a massive amount of hate for fanservice lately. Not just games but movies and comics too.