Fanservice: yay or nay?

#1dolphinmagePosted 10/31/2013 12:15:46 PM
I wanted to know how everyone felt about fanservice in video games. For my part, I don't really like its heavy inclusion in games. At best, it is unnecessary, and at worst, it's just plain creepy. I want to make the distinction between characters dressing in a sexy manner and actual fanservice. Fanservice relies heavily on things like excessive jiggle physics, ridiculously sexualized attire, panty shots, and generally compromising positions (like perverted camera angles and practically every shower scene ever). Wearing skin tight clothing, or men going shirtless as long as the attire works for what the character is experiencing are fine. Generally speaking, if I ask the question, "Is this dignified?" and the answer is an enthusiastic "No!" then the fanservice is too gratuitous for my appreciation.

So what does everyone else think? Is fanservice a good thing? Should it be side-lined to only the most niche of games or is it okay to include it in practically everything?
#2JoeHigashi2000Posted 10/31/2013 12:18:29 PM
I enjoy it. In some cases it compensates for bad story or controls. I'm not against it but I'm also not all about it.
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#3CressDXXPosted 10/31/2013 12:19:53 PM
I like it when fun service is used right, like for example. when you hit the girls so their armor breaks or you hit them til they level up their skills. :3
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#4hyper kobun dashPosted 10/31/2013 12:20:16 PM
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#5SuperDogqHDPosted 10/31/2013 12:20:43 PM
I imported Shinovi Vs for my Vita and its great
#6Megaman OmegaPosted 10/31/2013 12:23:28 PM
Sure, as long as the gameplay is still good.
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#7Second_ChancesPosted 10/31/2013 12:25:37 PM
There are many definitons for "fanservice", but assuming you mean sexual fanservice, I don't really care about it either way. As long as it isn't too gratuitous and distracting.
#8BuretsuPosted 10/31/2013 12:26:20 PM
It's a crutch, pure and simple. Developers know their game is bad and nobody would want to play it, so they front load it with fanservice because even in the absence of everything else, sex will always sell to horny teenagers.
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#9ElectricNovaPosted 10/31/2013 12:28:28 PM
I don't see the harm in it. Not everything has to be stuffy and dignified.

Harmless fun, as long as the characters who get fanserviced are at least 16 or something.
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#10GamerRafPosted 10/31/2013 12:30:20 PM
I only enjoy female fanservice. Like Hyperdimension neptunia series. Not too much but also not too little.
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