Escher Girls

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a WTF!?

This is a blog to archive and showcase the prevalence of certain ways women are depicted in illustrated pop media, specifically how women are posed, drawn, distorted, and/or sexualized out of context, often in ridiculous, impossible or disturbing ways that sacrifice storytelling.

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icykitty submitted:



I’m not convinced yet…
Women are totally not objectified to sell merchandise… right? …

If she’s all the excitement I need, why do I need to play the game?  I’ve already got a picture of her thanks to the ad. :D

Apparently, there’s actually a Wartune ad that’s even MORE obviously selling sex than that one:





You have to admire the people behind these ads, they’re not pretending their audience might be interested in the game at all.

icykitty submitted:

I’m not convinced yet…

Women are totally not objectified to sell merchandise… right? …

If she’s all the excitement I need, why do I need to play the game?  I’ve already got a picture of her thanks to the ad. :D

Apparently, there’s actually a Wartune ad that’s even MORE obviously selling sex than that one:
You have to admire the people behind these ads, they’re not pretending their audience might be interested in the game at all.
I sympathize with her.  I’ve had the nightmare where I’ve shown up to work in my underwear too.

I sympathize with her.  I’ve had the nightmare where I’ve shown up to work in my underwear too.

smarter-on-the-outside submitted:



This is from a game called Wartune and this is the starting screen where you choose a character. As always, the women have almost no armor, but this time the absurdity has leaked into one of the guy’s attire as well.
Modifying the armor so you can show your six pack? I don’t know if that is even more ridiculous than the women’s clothing.

There must be a metal shortage across the land.  Or he forgot his armor at home and had to borrow one of the women’s. xD
I think if I were their enemy, I’d always put my fortresses behind a forest of thorns.
Given the ads Wartune has, I’m wondering when six-pack dude will be in them promising everybody an orgy?
(And it’s just the one guy, the guy in the middle is wearing clothes, though in the darkened panel it looks like his skin.
This is the larger image: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/35492497714/i-sympathize-with-her-ive-had-the-nightmare
You can see the male mage’s clothes and that the female mage is literally wearing lingerie.)

This is from a game called Wartune and this is the starting screen where you choose a character. As always, the women have almost no armor, but this time the absurdity has leaked into one of the guy’s attire as well.

Modifying the armor so you can show your six pack? I don’t know if that is even more ridiculous than the women’s clothing.

There must be a metal shortage across the land.  Or he forgot his armor at home and had to borrow one of the women’s. xD

I think if I were their enemy, I’d always put my fortresses behind a forest of thorns.

Given the ads Wartune has, I’m wondering when six-pack dude will be in them promising everybody an orgy?

(And it’s just the one guy, the guy in the middle is wearing clothes, though in the darkened panel it looks like his skin.

This is the larger image: http://eschergirls.tumblr.com/post/35492497714/i-sympathize-with-her-ive-had-the-nightmare

You can see the male mage’s clothes and that the female mage is literally wearing lingerie.)

negativekarmaengine submitted:



Wartune Does It Again
I came across this while reading a random blog. Although I know there are a couple of Wartune images in the backlog already this one stood out to me.

negativekarmaengine submitted:

Wartune Does It Again

I came across this while reading a random blog. Although I know there are a couple of Wartune images in the backlog already this one stood out to me.

insertcoolthinghere submitted:



saw this as I was browsing tvtropes…
I dont even know what to say

deathspeaker submitted:



Wartune at it again!
I double checked to make sure this image hadn’t already been submitted to see that Wartune has been here several times already! However this one is, I feel, worse than the others because it has even less to do with the game than the rest.
First off, she looks like she’s at a beach party. Secondly she’s floating in mid air as near as I can tell… or her butt is perched on the very edge of a table and she’s straining to hold herself up with the hand not visible.
At the very least the text above her isn’t ‘MY body is your party’. So while it’s submissive and sexual (I’m here to pleasure you master!) it could be worse.



What if I just want to play a tactical RPG and not have my body owned by beach girl? -_o  These non-sequitur MMO ads always amuse me.  

saw this as I was browsing tvtropes…

I dont even know what to say

Wartune at it again!

I double checked to make sure this image hadn’t already been submitted to see that Wartune has been here several times already! However this one is, I feel, worse than the others because it has even less to do with the game than the rest.

First off, she looks like she’s at a beach party. Secondly she’s floating in mid air as near as I can tell… or her butt is perched on the very edge of a table and she’s straining to hold herself up with the hand not visible.

At the very least the text above her isn’t ‘MY body is your party’. So while it’s submissive and sexual (I’m here to pleasure you master!) it could be worse.

What if I just want to play a tactical RPG and not have my body owned by beach girl? -_o  These non-sequitur MMO ads always amuse me.  

Another Wartune ad I haven’t seen on this blog yet.

The bottom text is ambiguously suggestive and made me legitimately WTF after thinking of all the other Wartune ads that have been sent to Escher Girls. I personally don’t really know what to think of Wartune anymore…

Her bikini’s side straps seemed to be glued to the contour of her boobs and ribs too…

Wartune is rated Adults Only by the ESRB now?

I know that Eschergirls is no stranger to Wartune, however this ad caught my attention in the “Really? Are they really claiming to have an adults only rating by the ESRB?” sense. A quick check at the ESRB’s rating search shows that no, in fact of the 32 titles across all platforms that the ESRB has given the Adults Only rating, Wartune is not in that list. In fact, Wartune is not rated by the ESRB, period.

So.. take the ongoing inappropriate over-sexualization of women to sell an online RPG/Strategy game, add a dash of “demon lady with no nipples”, a sprinkle of false advertising, and finally a pretty clear infringement of an ESRB trademark to try and give the sexual content of the ad some (undeserved) legitimacy. I’m not 100% sure why, but this ad seems more disturbing than the average Wartune ad.

Ohmygodohmygod sexy Adult Only action!!!  *click click click*  *register register register* c’mon c’mon…

YES LET’S GET TO THE SE-

http://kotaku.com/esrb-tells-browser-game-to-quit-bragging-that-it-was-ra-504523307
A follow up on Wartune and their ads (thanks to a commenter in the last post).  Apparently, the ESRB has told them to stop claiming to be rated Adults Only.  Also, if you go to that Kotaku article, you’ll see from the annotations in the pictures that most of their ads are stolen from other sources including Warcraft fan art, Everquest, Perfect World, and original fantasy art. >_<
On a similar note, after some googling and a tip from a reader, it turns out that the Pikachu from the Cyber Monster ad posted here recently was probably taken from fan art too.
Not only are they using weird non-sequiturs and pseudo porn to sell their games, apparently it’s not even stuff they own. -_o

http://kotaku.com/esrb-tells-browser-game-to-quit-bragging-that-it-was-ra-504523307

A follow up on Wartune and their ads (thanks to a commenter in the last post).  Apparently, the ESRB has told them to stop claiming to be rated Adults Only.  Also, if you go to that Kotaku article, you’ll see from the annotations in the pictures that most of their ads are stolen from other sources including Warcraft fan art, Everquest, Perfect World, and original fantasy art. >_<

On a similar note, after some googling and a tip from a reader, it turns out that the Pikachu from the Cyber Monster ad posted here recently was probably taken from fan art too.

Not only are they using weird non-sequiturs and pseudo porn to sell their games, apparently it’s not even stuff they own. -_o

Lindhrive submitted

Hi there!

So I’ve been following the ongoing saga of Wartune’s ‘wonderful’ (in that I wonder who the Hell thinks they’re a good idea) advertisements. Today, this popped up at the top of RPG.net and I thought that it probably ought to be brought to your attention.

Just thought I’d share this little gem I found while on Youtube. I can’t really think of anything else to say

Looks like our old friend Wartune has changed their "adults only" claim since the ESRB told them to stop pretending they were rated AO, and are now “men only”. -_o

Given that there’s nothing X rated about this game, and it’s just a strategy RPG, wouldn’t this attempt to trick guys into thinking this is like the most forbidden fruit ever (and don’t worry guys, no women play this game, it’s free from cooties!) also mean that a lot of other potential customers would skip over your game because you’ve told them explicitly that you don’t want them?

Also, in the change, I noticed that they don’t say “your friends” anymore, but “your friend” singular.  So apparently now they don’t think potential players would have more than one friend. o_o

Wartune continues to have the weirdest ads.

So I came across this add, ironically enough while reading a Cracked article about sexism in video games. And then when you click on the ad up there is takes you to this page. (2nd image)

Granted this one isn’t so bad, she’s got some proper pants on even if they’re a bit vacuum-sealed, but that metal bra must hurt, and her arrow is positioned completely wrong. Also, high heels, I just noticed that.

I don’t even know what to say about Wartune’s ads anymore that I haven’t already made a joke about.

rag-doll-witch submitted:

I can’t tell the difference between these two games, they might as well be the same game. Same advertising style, same tagline, same company maybe? Anyway, I have no idea what these games are and I have no urge to find out.

They aren’t made by the same company, but they do share a publisher.  I guess the publisher feels this is a winning strategy now.  They’re behind a bunch of web games so I’m wondering if we’re going to be seeing even MORE of these kinds of ads in the near future.

Also, I see they’re continuing to plagiarize their art.  Wartune’s stolen almost all of the art they have in their ads (from other games, published fantasy art, and even from amateur artists), and I see the ads for Pirates: Tides of Fortune aren’t any different.

The pirate woman in the ad is a piece of fantasy art that appeared originally on the cover of Inquest magazine.

I’m always curious how people feel when they click on those ads expecting super sexy times and get stuff like this:

I wonder how far along the tech tree you have to go until you can research “women’s pants.”