I’ve called out Koei-Tecmo’s Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 before, for its silly and sexist portrayal of women. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think sexuality is something to shy away from, and I’m certainly not a prude – but let’s be honest, Dead or Alive Extreme is teenage boy wish-fulfilment and nothing more.
It might get a pass if there was actually a decent game hidden beneath the lack of clothing, but there really isn’t. It’s not a particularly good volleyball game, and who really wants to play digital tug of war – unless your goal is to see half-naked digital women.
We know that the game isn’t being released in the west – which has some people riled up and angry, filled with furious vitriol. All because they now can’t buy a game they likely were never going to buy in the first place. Some are so angry that they’ve created a petition to get the game released in the rest of the world. That of course, is their right – and I’m not making judgements about the people who made the petition, or those who’ve signed it.
The rhetoric contained in the petition does make me smile a little though.
“This is a mistake. The puritan sensationalists are nothing but a self-glorified cabal of bullies and narcissists who are vastly outnumbered by their critics, most of whom are core gamers. The idea that any game should be withheld from its audience because of fear of depicting the female body is so outrageous that it should be called out and challenged wherever it is condoned, lest we give ground to the hackneyed pearl-clutchers who would put the world in a bottle if they had the power to.”
That’s some real fire there, some real passion. That’s not the best bit though. My favourite part of said petition is the writer’s inference that a game about bikini-clad women playing beach games is directly proportional to both happiness and comfort.
“I won’t live in a world where the comfort and happiness of a human being can be so effortlessly taken away from them by outside influences. For our lives and our hometowns, we must resist,” urges the petitioner
And really, I wish I cared about anything that much. Right now there are nearly 3000 people who’ve signed the petition, obviously signalling their purchasing intent.
In related news, Huniepot, developers of the PC dating sim HuniePop have made an offer of $1m US to Koei-Tecmo for the Western publishing rights to Dead or Alive Extreme 3. That game has its own bare anime chests, so probably won’t help the cause if DOAX3’s publishers are looking to avoid any sort of social backlash.
Last Updated: November 26, 2015