The controller you see above is a new Mad Catz peripheral designed to appeal to your most base instincts. Sex and violence in one controller, baby. As you can see above, the controller is plastered with the ladies of Street Fighter IV, in all their barely-clothed glory.
Mad Catz Limited Edition ‘Femme Fatale’ Street Fighter IV Arcade FightStick will be available for purchase at the Capcom booth at the 2009 Penny-Arcade Exposition taking place between September 4th to September 6th 2009, and via both the Capcom online store and the Mad Catz online ‘GameShark’ store beginning on September 4th 2009.
Do not tarry or otherwise hesitate: 650 units for the Xbox 360® console and 350 units for the PlayStation 3 system, with each unit being sequentially numbered (1 through to 650 for Xbox 360 and 1 through to 350 for PlayStation 3). The FightSticks sell for $159.99.
Sexy female characters have been a staple of fighting games since the genre's inception. But I can't decide if they're horribly exploitive of female sexuality, or emblems and examples of female empowerment in popular culture. Perhaps one of you women's studies majors out there could enlighten me? Any female TheFeed readers want to weigh in? (Are there any female TheFeed readers?)