Like many other internet folk, I get my TV fix from Hulu. I’ve noticed of late that they’ve been suggesting Dragon Quest IX to me. What surprised me was how girl-centric the campaign was! This was the first one I saw, and unsurprisingly, Genna’s Adventure was what I expected: it focused on the dress-up aspects alone. Which is fine, you know! The only thing that interests me about DQIX is the fashion aspect of it, and it’s a great gateway to getting girls who may be ambivalent about RPGs to give ‘em a shot.
But wait! Aren’t you offended that they’re marketing it on fashion alone? Isn’t that a bit stereotypical?
Yeah, it would have been worse if it hadn’t been followed by this and this, which both are quite gender-neutral in that they just talk about party building and gameplay. The rest of them are pretty neat as well (and that includes all of them!).
It’s nice to see a commercial about games where the girl isn’t relegated to the role of “clueless girlfriend”. It’s a step in the right direction, Nintendo.
Oh, I should probably mention the SethGreen ones, even though they’re, like, totally ancient by internet standards. I like the fact that they turned things on their head and made the fashion-based one about the guy (his delivery of “It’s a ponchoooooo.” is the best thing!) instead of trying to court the girls that way. More thumbs ups for Nintendo there!