Suda51 On Sexuality In Games: People Should "Laugh A Bit"
Suda 51 and Grasshopper Manufacture's over-the-top, highly stylized games can be offensive to some people, especially in regards to the way they portray female characters.
Now, accomplished designer Suda 51 has addressed those issues in a new GamesIndustry.biz interview. He says that anything anybody creates in the artistic realm has the potential to be criticized. At the same time, this also means you're getting some valuable attention:
"I think in a way when you get criticism, that means people are paying attention to your work. 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."
As an example, Grasshopper's Lollipop Chainsaw features the 18-year-old cheerleader, Juliet, who wields a chainsaw, makes plenty of innuendo-laden puns, and sports a very short skirt. That's not the only example of over-sexualized characters in the developer's games but remember, it's all tongue-in-cheek. Still, "all in good fun" is not a popular phrase these days, unfortunately. Rather, hyper sensitivity is the norm.
6/24/2013 11:10:05 AM Ben Dutka