As if the degradation of women in video games couldn’t any worse, well-known video game developer Yuke’s has announced that they’ve acquired the rights to the Lingerie Football League. Yes, the same people responsible for most of the WWE games released in the past decade are now putting their efforts in a sports game that no one really wants.
After working on WWE games for over a decade I assume Yuke’s wanted to broaden their horizons but still develop a sport that falls under the “sports entertainment” banner, thus the result of such a thing is a video game version of the Lingerie Football League. In case you don’t constantly drink energy drinks and wear graphic t-shirts with tribal tattoo patterns, the Lingerie Football League is a “legit” organization that features female athletes prancing around wearing nothing as they “play” football.
Apparently if you put half a dozen women on a field wearing nothing and make them play football it’ll result in minor success seeing as how MTV2 features the LFL from time to time. I’m sure somewhere in Connecticut Vince McMahon is pounding his desk over the missed potential of such a thing when he launched his ill-fated XFL.
There’s still a lot of potential in the sports video game genre as far as sports to be given the video game treatment and even how sports are depicted in a video game. But when it comes to something that needed to happen, I really doubt anyone out there ever wanted a Lingerie Football League game to be announced. The fact that the LFL is still on TV from time to time, in a non PPV variety, is shocking enough to me but not as much as todays news.
Yuke’s didn’t reveal platforms or release info for the first LFL game, but at this point it’ll likely appear on the current gen systems and if we’re “lucky” it’ll appear on the next-gen as well. I honestly don’t want to think what sort of silly crap Yuke’s will pull in the LFL game as the key draw of it has always been seeing actual women wearing nothing playing football. So will Yuke’s step their game up by providing realistic visuals or are they merely using the LFL as a lifeboat seeing as how the THQ/WWE gravy train is about to stop?
Just when video games seemed to be breaking the stereotypes and molds which hold the industry back, Yuke’s had to come along and screw it up with this LFL non-sense. Oh well, I’m sure the game will provide decent fodder for us to laugh about whenever the game is released.