Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 VR’s Tasteless Sexual Assault Mode Promotes Rape Culture

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 VR is Way Too Far

In my few years covering the gaming industry, there’s only been a handful of times when I’ve come across something that genuinely made me angry. I’m not talking about a release date being pushed or a game I wanted to love being a total flop either. I’m talking about a good reason to be pissed off and upset. The first time was when I came across a horrible magazine that attempted to appropriate gaming and female gamers in specific into nothing more than a skin mag. Gamer Girls Magazine was drivel and one hundred percent trash. As angry as it made me it wasn’t even a drop in the bucket in comparison to what Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 VR has me feeling. The developers, publishers and anyone else who has worked on this POS should damn well be ashamed of themselves.

When PlayStation VR hits the market it will be launching with this piece of trash in its library. In a recent video from Gamer.ne.jp it shows an active VR game mode that actually allows the player to ogle and harass female characters. It goes so far as allowing the player to virtually ‘touch’ the characters while they verbally protest and quite frankly, look downright uncomfortable. This isn’t scantily clad characters, that’s hardly worth being in an uproar over. This is violent and aggressive promotion of sexual assault.

We all know about Naughty America and their VR porn booth back at E3 but at least that acknowledges what it is, it’s porn. In the situation with DoA Xtreme 3 VR they’re trying to thinly veil the promotion of rape culture underneath a shoddy piece of entertainment. In a day and age where you’re seeing cases go to trial because privileged males don’t understand the meaning of consent, this is beyond what I would call a step backward. During the gameplay, you’ll notice Kasumi saying things like “I don’t like it,” and another word that directly translates to ‘bad’ which is often used to expressly deny permission. While the player continues to prod, the character pulls away looking beyond uncomfortable in the situation.

Now before people go and exclaim that this is just how Japan does things I’m going to go ahead and stop you right there. This isn’t an example of sexuality and Western culture being too uptight to handle it. This is a clear example of a man’s desire to overpower a woman regardless of whether or not she wants him to and regardless of culture, that is bullshit. Let’s clear something up too, I love boobs. I love being able to appreciate the female form. I am a red-blooded male who enjoys sitting down with the wife and watching a skin flick now and then… I am far from a prude. But when we’re trying to teach this generation’s young men the meaning of consent, and let’s be honest a ton of them apparently have a hard time understanding it, this is the most asinine and reckless thing I’ve ever seen from a developer.

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When Hatred was originally pulled from Steam way back when I spoke up loudly about that being the wrong decision. While I didn’t appreciate the content I stood up for the creator’s right to artistically express their vision in the game. Despite all the controversy it ended up being a below average piece of crap but I defended their right to make it. This case is so different from that. Where the line is from allowing artistic expression to censorship I can’t say for certain. It’s a blurry line at best. What I do know is that this is way over that blurry line by a mile.

Koei Tecmo has long had a reputation of making games that push the boundaries of acceptable but it appears that they finally went too far. Jiggle physics, barely there costumes, nude mods; none of them are so bad to warrant any sort of outcry. Allowing a man to virtually power trip over a female while making her visibly uncomfortable? That is beyond deserving of an outcry. It’s like the developers are actively seeking their players to be sexually aroused. That deserves a more than hearty WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? Shame on you, Koei Tecmo. It seems like as a company you need to pull your heads out of your collective asses and wake up to the year 2016. It is not acceptable to create or promote this garbage.

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  • Zoidbort

    Rape culture?
    Seriously…come on.
    You obviously know little about Japan and their openness regarding sexuality.
    The jiggle physics have always been present in this game along with huge boobs and scantily clothed women.
    Relax, you will have plenty of time to gripe about things when you are 80.

    • Andrew Goodman

      Did you see any rape? I saw a perv poking a cartoon’s boobs.

  • Tamago1

    my body is ready.

  • Orion Pax

    I’M BUYING THIS DAY ONE, YOU MAD?

  • Dixiedevil

    Why do you hate Japanese culture? Racist!

  • jwillj2k4 .

    Sooo, you support hatred where the people are running for their lives screaming “No please don’t!!” but you dont support a game where if you poke the girls they say stop and your session ends??? Thats got to be the most hypocritical way of thinking that Ive ever heard. Everything you said after that deserves to be pissed on treated like a public use object and thrown in the river. There, your words have been raped, you can talk about that.

  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    I disagree with your point of view.

    It’s because the rants of prudes like you that games like this are censored. Or don’t even come to America.

  • Camel Toad

    Must get to my safe space!!!

  • Andrew Goodman

    Triggered.

  • Have you ever played japanese games?

  • Over

    There’s videogames that encourage you to shoot people! Can you imagine that?!
    I even played a game that encouraged me to stomp turtles! Can you imagine this cruelty?

    • Agent_Blade

      Lmao

  • paprika

    Buy bible games and dont play something for mature audience. Hallelujah, Jesus will save you 🙂

  • Vamien

    Another mind warped by political correctness. I bet you’re ready to play a game where you shoot people and folks running for their lives, but somehow that’s not a problem and this is.

    Also, this is not promoting rape culture. It’s a video game with fake women and fake everything. You can’t rape pixels lol. Furthermore, if you play this game the way it’s meant to be played, you’ll realize the girls want you to touch them.

    Now, I find these games pervy at best, but that’s not going to have me supporting your dumb PC attitude. Keep your political BS out of the realm of video games. And yes, this is part of Japanese culture, yet, you don’t hear of a high abundance of rape in the country, so what’s your problem?

    Chinese enjoy eating dogs and cats, Japanese enjoy hentai and these crazy stuff, other countries enjoy doing other crazy crap. All cultures are different, and as such, one must respect that as we’d like others to respect our own. So sir, please get your political correctness head from out of your ass.

    Typical westerner. “We don’t like what you like so stop and do what we like instead.” No wonder you folks complain about everything. Cry babies.

    • Agent_Blade

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Martin Brentnall

    I bought this game on day one just for the VR component, and I’m not disappointed.

    Meanwhile, I’m adding cogconnected to my DNS blacklist because websites with views this stupid do not deserve my attention.

  • Krommissar

    Hahahah bitch is jealous of an imaginary character

  • Mats Leven

    I want psvr

  • To the author: This word rape, I do not think it means what you think it means.

  • XPERIA

    It’s a video game, GTA you can randomly kill people. It’s been like that forever. Stop crying, stop acting like you are entitled to censorship.

  • T40Rs731N

    The only rape culture that exists is the one in the West that allows women to rape men and boys without consequences. The most under-reported crime (in media and to authorities) is the rape of men by women and ultimately the rape of boys by women.

    You want to talk rape culture? Why don’t you do a peace about female pedophiles who seduce and rape young boys who maybe prepubescent or just reaching puberty? There is constantly a narrative that such women were “themselves abused” thus excusing their heinous behavior.

    And what is a man to do when he is raped by a woman? The shaming and humiliation against him is tremendous. So tremendous that the crime never goes reported. And he must have liked it too, right? Since he got erect? I guess the children raped by female pedophiles must also like it since they get erect too.

    So spare us your “rape culture” when there is a far more heinous one that exists right in front of our eyes.