Paradise Director: "We're Not Degrading Women"
Not surprisingly, a game like Dead or Alive Paradise is going to encounter some indignant replies from women, but the game's director says there's nothing sinister about his bikini-laden volleyball game.
Paradise director Yoshinori Ueda spoke to Eurogamer about the backlash thus far and wanted to clarify that the game isn't designed to offend women. All he says is they intended to create beautiful women, and that's that. "We're trying to make beautiful women, that has been the focus - we want our characters to be beautiful," said Ueda. He went on to add that such character models are supposed to "bring out the beauty of women" and that any other view is simply incorrect.
"We're certainly not trying to degrade women. They have beautiful bodies. We're trying to show off the beauty of their bodies but we're not trying to be degrading about it - we're trying to show that they are beautiful characters. It's not that we were trying to make softcore porn. That's definitely not the goal."
In Dead or Alive Paradise, players can place the girls on the beach, pose them by the pool, and participate in any number of little mini games, like hopping on colored cushions in said pool. You can take photographs of them if you so choose, and there are quite a few swimsuits to purchase and try on. Oh, and they can play volleyball, too, complete with a good deal of...bouncing. By the way, remember that opinionated ESRB description? They've evidently apologized for that and have replaced their rant about "creepy voyeurism" with a more "level-headed explanation." Finished Ueda:
"We know that everyone is going to have a different experience with the game - everyone has their own opinion. For us, the goal was really to offer a little bit of paradise to the users, and we hope that people playing the game will be able to come away with the feeling that they've visited paradise."
Related Game(s): Dead or Alive Paradise
2/26/2010 9:27:59 PM John Shepard