Suda 51 just wants to make you laugh

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Suda 51 isn’t too worried about criticism about sexism in his games.  Criticism is just seen as proof that people are paying attention.  That said, he doesn’t want to offend anyone, but for people to just laugh and enjoy the games.

Suda 51 has come under fire for sexism in his games.  In Lollipop Chainsaw the protagonist kills zombies while wearing a cheerleading outfit.  However it’s the ‘Gigolo Mode’ in Killer is Dead that is raising eyebrows at the moment – players chat up a woman in a bar, use x-ray specs to look at their undies, and try to get them home for a one-night-stand.  So, basically a normal evening for Darryn.

Really, though, I’m glad that Suda 51 brushed off the worries, although he is aware that his games have been criticized for their depictions of female characters.  In his interview with GamesIndustry, he explained

“I think in a way when you get criticism, that means people are paying attention to your work,” Suda said through a translator. “Any kind of artistic value, anything you create, there’s always some kind of criticism behind it. Which means we’re making an impression and an impact. So I think we’ll stay with what we’re thinking and just keep going with that way of thinking…And when I say that, sexuality is a touchy subject. We don’t want to make people offended, but we’re trying to create something that makes people laugh a bit because we’re [dealing with] that topic.”

I don’t really see a problem with either of these examples.  Lollipop chainsaw has a female protagonist who is kick-ass and strong.  She can still be strong while looking sexy.  This would only be degrading if the character was doing it for attention or to get a man – then my feminist claws would be out in force!  As for the gigolo mode, do people really think this doesn’t happen all the time in real life (minus the x-ray specs)?  Go to any establishment where people interact and you will see attempts at romantic involvement (from both genders, by the way).  Why not emulate this in a game for fun?

So, how about we laugh and enjoy the game as it was intended, instead of looking for an offensive element.

Last Updated: June 24, 2013

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