A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy.
Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in the norm when it comes fighting game tournament rules.
However, one element in particular has sparked quite the debate among members of the fighting game community. The HuBBs listed a number of costumes he called “over-sexualised” that should be banned from offline tournaments of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.
The list is huge, with over 100 banned costumes. The move is done to help “turn around” the image of the game, according to The HuBBs.
“DOA has always been known for its over-sexualized females and just that alone has pushed people away from even trying the game,” he began.
“Sex Appeal in the DOA franchise will never go away but we, the community, want people to take it seriously and started the costume ban at offline tournaments to force people to focus more on the gameplay aspect of the game. This is a soft ban and is at the discretion of the TO running the game at the event. However we HIGHLY encourage people to not use the suggested costumes on stream for something like Top 8.”
Not everyone is in agreement though, some have even voiced their opinion in the very same forum thread.
“The sexual aspect to DOA is part of what makes the game DOA. It has always been this way, and now certain community members are trying to deny the nature of the game, a game which they have no hand in developing,” one member of the North American community told Eurogamer.
“This is alienating those who actually play the game, and I feel not making it any more attractive to those who don’t. In fact, quite the reverse, it looks to outsiders as though the DOA community is made up of puritanical children who endorse the censorship of the very thing they purport to support.”
Other tournament organisers don’t have to follow those guidelines of course.