A woman’s perspective on Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 not coming out in the West

Due to the ongoing debate on the “oversexualization” of women in the gaming industry, Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the next installment of fan service indulgence from the popular fighter series, Dead or Alive, will not be released on PS4 in the West.

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Publisher Koei Tecmo responded to a question regarding whether or not the game would make it to U.S. and E.U. regions, and Dead or Alive’s official Facebook page replied, "We do not bring DOAX3 to the west and won’t have any plan change in the future. Thank you for asking."

The thread responding to the announcement tosses up the subject of the portrayal of its female characters in the game. And to say Team Ninja is fixated on breasts would be an understatement.

Responding to one comment, the publisher reveals that the decision not to bring Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to the West is based on the negative feedback it’s had from people within the industry about its female stars.

“Do you know many issues happening in video game industry with regard to how to treat female in video game industry? We do not want to talk those things here. But certainly we have gone through in last year or two to come to our decision. Thank you,” writes the Koei Tecmo representative.

As a woman who loves the gaming industry and strives to become more deeply involved in it, I think the whole debate is silly. I feel the same way about this as I did with the “booth babe” dilemma at conventions. I’ve never felt insulted or objectified because of sexy women and/or ridiculous jiggle physics. Men are portrayed sexually in video games, as well. There aren’t a whole lot of main characters in video games that aren’t considered sexually attractive. Take the time to think of one male character that doesn’t have a six pack and biceps the size of small boulders. Can you?

I’m saddened this is still an issue, and especially one that means we won’t see a game released in certain territories. The Dead or Alive ladies have always been sexy, with breast sizes impossible for their body type, but who cares? Cortana from Halo gets naked, but who cares? They’re still fun games to play. These days, there are far more strong, interesting female characters in games than ever before, and that’s great, but we put so much time and energy into thinking about whether or not games like this will offend someone while giving no attention to consistently over-the-top violence. This, it seems, is more OK than bouncing chest fat.

I’m more insulted by Peach from the Super Mario games. She’s largely useless, her lack of personality and constant need of rescue are series trademarks, and she fights in Smash Bros. with a frying pan, for goodness sake!

I say, bring Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to the West. I will play that game, and laugh at how ridiculous it is, just like I did with Senran Kagura and Bayonetta. And like with those games, I’ll enjoy every second of it.