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Or are you saying that clothes = ugly?
I couldn't be bothered to reply this post originally. Reading back on it now I should probably point out that I haven't deleted any of this person's posts. His reference to bishounen is right there on this page.
Yes, I'm not keen on the whole mankini look either. The point I was referencing was that female protagonists have to be hyper-sexualised in order for men to accept them, while the men are typically set up as masculine ideals, with Arnie-style muscles or ordinary-guy-saves-the-day. Neither ideal acknowledges women as anything other than ancillary.
You are quite correct that your examples are very popular with women. OTOH, these are all from Japanese games, and all from one company. The vast majority of games barely acknowledge the female audience at all.
Check out The Beauty Myth and Character Design and
Debunking the Myth of Frivolity for some longer essays on this.
That being said, I bought my original rock band game second-hand, intending to use it with my guitar hero guitar, so I never had the original drum kit to being with. I used a friend's and the difference is huuuuuuuuge. I suppose it all comes down to how much you enjoy playing the drums :)
The paths that the Prince can travel are pretty much platforms and cliffs. Depending on the order you played them in, you might not have reached the city levels - it's pretty clear that there used to be normal paths and buildings but they were destroyed by the big evil.