News flash, Tecmo has opted not to release its latest semi-nude Volleyball fan service game Dead or Alive Xtreme 3. Although the game has not been banned officially, shifting western ideology towards feminism, and western taboos towards sexual content in gaming has lead Tecmo to cancel the western release of its long standing franchise. The official reason is Tecmo fears backlash from western media for objectifying women in gaming, which has over the past year become quite an issue as feminists continue to lampoon the gaming industry for its so called ill-treatment and objectification of women.
Although this is not the first time a game publisher has opted out of releasing its game in the west due to sexual content that breaks western social norms, it is the first time a major mainstream game, which has been accepted and loved in the past, has suddenly been given the boot. Even with a huge market. In other words money is being left on the table here, and in business that is very rare.
So why is this happening? Why no half naked DoA babes? Well, I’m gonna get a bit boring here, western social norms have become more and more rigid over the years. Yes the west is getting lamer, no smoking, no trans-fats, everybody likes yogurt, blah blah blah. Bottom line is, as the west turns into that messed up future in Demolition Man where everyone eats Taco Bell, nobody fucks and cigarettes are considered a museum piece. More and more publishers are shrieking away from officially releasing games in the west that may cause backlash. In other words, anything cool and perverted, in fact they even go as far as removing cigarettes from box arts to satisfy the PC nuts (Yakuza anyone). But everyone likes money, so to compensate for leaving money on the table, the Japanese have taken to releasing the same games in Asia with English subs, allowing for fans to import the title at a premium. Key word being “premium”.
Now you’re wondering what’s the fucking point!? So what that we don’t get cool people with cigarettes on box arts, or half naked babes playing volleyball in various forms of undress? So what? Well it always starts with cigs and pussy, but soon you’ll be singing chairman Mao songs in mass sing alongs with weird hats, trust me. So the issue really isn’t feminists or sexual norms, these things change. One day objectifying women is in, the next its out, but one thing that doesn’t change is FREEDOMMMM! Excuse my Braveheart reference, it’s something the west is known for, and it’s something that the west preaches as its main source of pride and power. In fact they make fun of China, Russia, Iran and pretty much everyone other than the Scandinavians for not having the same freedoms as the west.
But do we really? You can smoke pretty much anywhere in China, you can play nude volleyball games and objectify woman until the cows come home in Russia without anyone batting an eye. So the question is, how of much of the inherent freedom that makes the west the west is still present in the modern day? Just today, this humble writer was nearly banned on an American based gaming site cough…GS for making a post about the ego of web-designers who force unwanted features cough…news feed bar onto users who may or may not want such features. If you can’t voice your opinions on an American game site because it criticized the site designers. You can’t smoke in Time Square, not even E Cigs(yeah they banned that too). And you certainly can’t play nude volleyball games unless you wanna pay some fat import fees. How free are you? I fear that as Americans’ chase that ever so frivolous, politically correct, happy go lucky, Oreo cookie eating, Lalaland Utopia that they dream of(yes it’s same one in Demolition Man), they are giving away some basic inherent freedoms that their forefathers fought and died for. The freedom of being a perverted ass, smoking till you die, and bashing web-designers that you’ve never met is going out the window.
Going back to Demolition Man and the prophetic words of Denis Leary “I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in a non-smoking section. I wanna run around naked with green jell-o all over my body reading a Playboy magazine. Why? Because maybe I feel the need to! Okay pal? I’ve *seen* the future, you know what it is? It’s made by a 47 year-old virgin in gray pajamas soaking in a bubble bath, drinking a broccoli milkshake and thinking “I’m an Oscar-Meyer Wiener”.
Wait I heard broccoli shakes are in… Oh no!
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