An Open Letter to Culture Critics, Outrage Enthusiasts and Social Justice Warriors

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

From somebody who has been gaming longer since many of you were born.

Justin Knight

By Justin Knight @OptimusJut

I read the other day that games publisher Koei Tecmo had decided not to release Team Ninja's Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, a beach volleyball game in America due to what they described as "#SJW nonsense" because they wanted to avoid the above mentioned groups of people attacking games for not showing women in the way they prefer. My disgust with this was lightened slightly when Play-Asia announced that they would be stocking the English Asia version for those in the west who wished to buy it. However this did not sit well with a lot of people, amongst them Kotaku's Luke Plunkett, former Gamespot writer Kevin Vonord, "Culture Critic" Johnathan McIntosh and former IGN writer Carolyn Mcdowell, who all criticized or outright condemned the company for doing so. For those of us observing this, what they came across as read as threats of blacklisting.

Events took another turn as the developers behind the HuniePop dating simulator, HuniePot, have offered Koei Tecmo one million dollars to publish Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in the West. They themselves are no stranger to the above mentioned groups after their game was released to less than warm receptions from them. At the time of this writing, Koei Tecmo have yet responded to the offer but I am in the hopes they accept it. To me, this is a form of censorship from groups of people who really have no right to demand it. These groups of people who themselves are nothing more than bullies.

The Dead or Alive series was not for me and I have never played any of them, but I did not go around preaching their "evils" to my friends because personal choice is something I believe in quite strongly, along with freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Since the arrival of McIntosh and his script reader Anita Sarkeesian, this culture of attacking games for little reason other than they featured something not liked by these groups of people has become quite tiresome, and gamers who just want to enjoy themselves (like myself) have had enough. These people who rode in to "change gaming for the better" have long since outstayed their welcome and the message to them needs to be clear: If you don't like it, don't look at it, don't watch it, and don't buy it.

Much fuss was kicked up over games like Hatred, the Grand Theft Auto series and even Postal, but those games are still here. So kicking up over something silly as a beach volleyball game featuring women in bikinis makes you look more stupid and ridiculous than you realize, because to be clear here: if it was all men wearing nothing but shorts, nobody would have said a word. Who do you people think you are? Nobody asked for your opinion and nobody wanted it. The gaming industry has done just fine without you and will continue to do so. Obviously a lesson was not learned from the events that followed August 28, 2014 and the online war that followed. It was here I was originally going to write that if you didn't like what games were about then make your own, but then I remembered how Sunset ended up.

So instead I choose to leave you with this simple thought: Last year my family and I went on holiday to Spain. It was hot and beautiful and I wish I could have stayed longer. I took a walk along the beach one day and saw some men and women playing beach volleyball. The women were dressed in bikinis and the men had shorts on. They played for quite a while, and in that time not one person walked up to them and shouted "stop doing that! It is offensive to women!" So I ask you: What makes a game of such a sport so different?

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