Suda 51 doesn’t think sexuality in games should be as “big a taboo” as it is in the west

Tuesday, 16th April 2013 20:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Grasshopper Manufacture CEO doesn’t think sexuality in video games should be as big deal as it is in western countries.

Speaking with Eurogamer, while Suda admits to there being “a certain element” of sexuality in Killer is Dead, what with its gigolo missions and all that.

“I don’t really use [sex] as something full frontal, but sexuality is a good way to express a certain element in the game,” he said. “Maybe sexuality in games shouldn’t be as big a taboo, but at the same time I live in a country where sexuality is pretty crazy.

“I think Western publishers do similar things, like with [Grand Theft Auto], going out to a strip club and other things,” he said. “But I do understand that if a Western developer was to create something like [Gigolo mode] it could backfire.”

Killer is Dead is out this summer on PS3 and Xbox 360.



  1. YoungZer0

    “If you fail to impress Natalia and try to make a move she might slap you. On the other hand if you can increase her feelings to the max you can win her heart by giving her a present.”

    Ugh. Slap you, really? Why, because you didn’t impress her? And then you win her heart by giving her a present?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. sh4dow

    @1: Well that’s just how bitches are. At least according to many games/movies/books. And maybe a lot of women actually are. But I can’t help but wonder whether they would behave like that if society didn’t continually tell them that that’s what they’re supposed to do.
    Just like all the other images of how unreasonable women are that get hammered into one’s skull every damn day. Of course… sometimes the hammering is done by unreasonable women. But… is it really a chicken and egg situation or is it more in the hands of the media to manipulate?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    @2: Ah yes, of course, the “weak women” who crumble under the “societal pressure”.

    I don’t remember any movie, book or tv show that encourages women to sell out or slap men across the face if they didn’t impress them enough. Let’s be honest here, when it comes to dating, women have all the benefits.

    But that’s not my problem. My problem with this mini-game is not that it’s creating a negative image of women, it’s a fucking mini-game after all and women like this do exist. I know women like this. I do not like them. Over-privileged, shallow ass-hats who expect you to ask them out, pay for dinner (better be a good restaurant), pay for movie tickets, etc.

    If they are going to include a mini-game like this, they might as well put some actual work into it. Persona 3/4 and even Mass Effect did that fine. You have to know the person you’re talking to and you’re interested in them because they are interesting. Not because you could view some ecchi sequence at the end.

    Hell, even GTA did it better.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. salarta

    Well, it’s sort of like the difference in response to sex and violence in the U.S. and in the UK. In the UK, shows of sex are more acceptable but shows of violence are less tolerated. In the U.S., showing a little bit of cleavage is a scandal but bloodshed is hardly a thing. By that same token, what I take away from the current generation compared to past generations is that major displays of sexuality are generally accepted in Japan but women are supposed to be treated better (notably, women being treated badly in Japanese video games only picked up with trying to Westernize). In the West, the only real problem is if a woman is showing too much skin. As long as she’s covered up enough, she can be called a bitch or a slut, beaten and abused, made to look weak and cowardly and in need of men to save her or show her how to stop being such a woman, and it’s all okay. As long as she’s not seen as defined solely by her sex appeal, she can be stuffed in the refrigerator.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. YoungZer0

    Here we go again.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OmegaSlayer

    I agree with Salarta.
    I think the whole World is so hypocrite about sex, and that’s where the deviations and perversion come from: from the lack of serenity in living such a beautiful thing.
    The proof of the hypocrisy is any beach in the summer.
    There no one has problems about amounts of skins…why?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. sh4dow

    @2: Women aren’t per se weaker or stronger when it comes to media manipulation than men. Everyone is susceptible.
    Plus… you’re thinking too literal. When I was talking about books/movies, I of course did not mean the EXACT same behavior as in this game. But there are plenty of examples where women would slap men because of advances. Or other ridiculous things. Instead of just expressing themselves verbally.

    @6: Because on the beach, showing of skin isn’t strictly about trying to sexually attract others. That’s how (partial) nudity simply works in our culture in everyday life. Thus, women who proclaim that showing a lot of skin should have no bearing on their credibility are quite ignorant. It’s just like if well-built men would walk around shirtless (or overly small shirts) all the time. Most intelligent women don’t take guys like that seriously either. Not at first glance at least.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. sh4dow

    … should’ve said “are either quite ignorant or unreasonable”.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. YoungZer0

    @7: “But there are plenty of examples where women would slap men because of advances.”

    I know what you mean, but those women are usually not the protagonist of the story, they are always kind of just there to spill their wine in the face of a douche who just broke up with the female protagonist.

    #9 2 years ago

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