DoA 5 costumes are a subject of controversy much like those from previous games in the series. Dead or Alive has been known as the one fighting game series that dared to take female anatomy and exploit it as a draw.
While the fans have seen the digital breasts as a major reason to play the game over rivals such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, those in charge are taking action to ensure that females in the game aren’t overly distracting. In an effort to have Dead or Alive 5 censored, there has been a soft ban enacted which will not allow the use of outfits which reveal too much.
A tournament organizer for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round has posted what they feel is an acceptable compromise. Participants can use whatever character they want, but certain DoA 5 costumes will not be allowed under the guidelines.
— Eurogamer.net (@eurogamer) March 2, 2015
This could be a damper on fans’ expectations, since the level of exposure of digital breasts is one of the key draws the game boasts. Other games in the same genre have been guilty of the same thing, but DoA 5 Last Round has over 100 outfits that tournament runners may feel are inappropriate.
Tournament moderator The HuBBs gave his explanation for having Dead or Alive 5 censored.
“This is a movement that was discussed by several members of the community to try and help turn around the image that has plagued the franchise. DOA has always been known for its over-sexualised females and just that alone has pushed people away from even trying the game.”
“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.”
Gamers who oppose the soft ban on DoA 5 costumes aren’t taking this lightly.
“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.”
“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.”
Do you think this soft ban on DoA 5 costumes is taking censorship too far or could it help change public opinion about the game?
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