Dead or Alive is still appealing to perverts

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Remember a while back when Dead or Alive developer Tecmo said it would be dialling back the rampant sexism and creepy boob fixation inherent in its Dead or Alive Fighting games? Remember how they said they wanted more realistic depictions of women, and that it was silly to appeal to a teenage boy demographic?  Did you believe ‘em? I hope not, because the game’s latest DLC turns it up to 11.

Called the bath and bedtime DLC, it adds stupid costumes to the game’s female characters. Here’s the official description:

“The girls of DOA5U get cozy in 10 new bath towel and pyjama-themed costumes. This [sic] costumes are bathtime costumes for Ayane, Helena, Tina and Rachel; and bedtime costumes for Kokoro, Hitomi, Marie Rose, Mila, Leifang and Momiji.”

Yes, that means skimpy nighties, pyjamas and negligee. No, there’s no DLC of this sort for any of the males characters, which is quite frankly rather sexist. Men like to get clean and sleep too!

Previous, equally ridiculous DLC for the game includes “Hotties Swimwear”, “Cheerleader Costumes” and “Hot Getaway Packs”. Dead or Alive as a franchise generally isn’t the place to go for highbrow kicks, with spinoffs from the series delving as far down in to the barrel as to produce an extreme volleyball game with hyper-realistic boob-jiggling physics.

“We’re trying to focus on the real women that surround us; the voice of a female, the mannerisms. We are being realistic about it,”  Team Ninja’s Yosuke Hayash said back before the game’s release.  “We want to show something that’s more high class, that adult males of our generation could look at a woman [character] and be impressed with her as a woman, not just as a pin-up.”

At this point, they should just give up on games and produce Ecchi. It’s unfortunate too, because at its core, Dead or Alive is still a pretty competent and fun fighting game.

Last Updated: August 5, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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