Games that objectify men
J Robins
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I am new to BGG, but I am astounded at how often Busen Memo makes it into GeekLists. The first Eurogame I bought (not counting the Ravensburger games I had when young) was Settlers of Catan. It was an older version - the one with ridiculous cleavage in the box art. It's gratuitous artwork like this in many games that leads my female friends to assume that certain games are not for them.

I'm new enough to BGG that I don't know if it is inappropriate to start a GeekList that asks, "what games objectify men?"



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1. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:314]
J Robins
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The man on the cover could have been sketched in a sulu, like many men wear in Fiji, but it would not have been quite so revealing.
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2. Board Game: Lumberjack [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:7661]
Joel Weeks
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Coolest male box art ever!
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3. Board Game: Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:984]
Pete Belli
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This image might fit the category...
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4. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:536]
 
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This guy seems to be missing armor in a sensitive location. Chains, ripped abs - this is a perfect game for male objectification.
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5. Board Game: Mesopotamia [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1269]
Mike B
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Well, how about this dude? He sure likes to show his abs. If you don't mind the powerhungry look it probably fits this list.
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6. Board Game: Tower of Babel [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:914]
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Full frontal nudity. Look away now if offended.
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7. Board Game: En Garde [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1386]
Mike B
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And may I add this latest edition of this game?

These guys must clearly be fighting over the confusion of who is the favorite toyboy of their mistress, bulged pants and all.
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8. Board Game: The Incredible Shrinky Dinks Game [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Preston Fuller
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Seinfeld Episode

George: I was in the pool and she saw me naked. Women know about shrinkage, right Jerrey?

Jerrey: I thinks so. Hey, Elain. Women know about men and shrinkage, right?

Elain: It shrinks?

Jerrey: Like a scared turtle.

Elain: Honestly? I don't know how you guys walk around with those things.
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9. Board Game: Mystery Date [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:10008]
Zack Stackurski
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Mankato
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Perhaps not quite what you're looking for... but it is a game about how having a date with the typical user of this site is a loosing proposition (yes, I'm looking at all you "duds" out there )
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10. Board Game: Magna Grecia [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1534]
Mike Adams
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I'm often embarrassed to get this one out because of the obvious objectification on the box. Oh sure, all the Roman stonecutters just looked like that. Sure, like someone is going to get large, well defined muscles just from carving in stone with heavy tools all day.
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11. Board Game: Federation Commander: Klingon Border [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1173] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Stephen Brackman
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A Starfleet Captain. You know that shirt is coming off.
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12. Board Game: Chopper Chase [Average Rating:5.58 Unranked]
Richard Lea
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A disgusting example of Male objectification at its worst.
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Calavera Soñando
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Amertrashers are more likely to be objectified.

And it's all true, baby.

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14. Board Game: Venus Needs Men [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:6219]
Dan
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Edmonton
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Yeah... I see what you did there.
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*whistles*

Aiieee!!!! Aliens coming to Earth! FIVE alien races at the SAME TIME!!!

I have my choice of being:


Ganymede
: Eaten.

Titonians: Infected/Ridden like a horse by a brain-slug.

Plutonians: Nuked from orbit.

Martians: Killed in honorable combat.

or...

Venusians: Captured as a slave, and/or used as breeding stock.

...

Where does the line start?
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15. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:495]
Andrea Jørgensen
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... just look at those big, glistening muscles...! surprise
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16. Board Game: WWF World Wrestling Federation Wrestling Trivia Game [Average Rating:4.70 Unranked]
Lindsay Thomas
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This game objectifies and trivialises these highly competitive professional sportsmen.
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17. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:270]
Drew Spencer
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Have you seen the Foreman? I don't know if the game is objectifying him or I am, but whooo boy!
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18. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:26]
Mike Smith-Stoe
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I'll go ahead and add this image as I've seen it used in several geeklists in a way that objectifies men, even if it is in the abstract, or maybe precisely because it is in the abastract.

As noted elsewhere, a lot of these games and their boxes don't seem to objectify men in the same way as the imagas of women in the 44-22-38 style (a nod to Bongo's, Bass and Bob there). I don't feel objectified nor am I offended by the sight of Conan (well, I'm offended by Camel punching, but that was the movie).

If anything makes me feel inadequate it's the almost attainable. If I toned up just a bit and wore nothing but a loin cloth I could be as hot as Taluva guy (albeit pale and freckled - but toned and hot). And my email constantly tells me that with the use of any number of creams, pills, or devices, I too can be El Grande! Thankfully my wife is perfectly happy with me as I am...though now that I think about it, the Taluva box always seems to make it to the top of the pile. And she hates that game...(?)
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19. Board Game: Martinis & Men [Average Rating:5.01 Overall Rank:10236]
Nevin Ball
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Dallas
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And here is a group of gamers objectifying men over their game of "Martinis & Men."
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20. Board Game: Steel Driver [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:614]
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From F:AT :

Robert Klarer wrote:
It's a nicely rendered portrait of American folk hero John Henry, but it's also unintentionally erotic. The main vectors of the composition point directly at Henry's golden spike. The designer should be directing our attention toward the title, not down there. My eyes are up here, fellas.
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21. Board Game: Gay Monopoly [Average Rating:3.74 Overall Rank:10257]
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It's not just women that objectify men. Tom of Finland made his career on drawings made to objectify men. And thank goodness for that, he set the bar on how hot masculinity can be
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22. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:349]
Bobby Doran
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What about games that objectify mules? I'm pretty sure this is a male @$$.
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23. Board Game: SPANC: Space Pirate Amazon Ninja Catgirls [Average Rating:5.30 Overall Rank:10864]
Shanya Almafeta
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The only game I know of where stealing all the Poolboys is valid game strategy.

(More games would be improved by the addition of Caffinated Rum.)
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24. Board Game: Battlefields of Olympus [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4856]
Peter Schell
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Ares on the cover sold the game for me. Luckily, the game itself is also enjoyable.
 
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