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Kojima's "Erotic" MGS V Tweet Was Supposed To Read "Sexy," Says Translator

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Kojima's "Erotic" MGS V Tweet Was Supposed To Read "Sexy," Says Translator

"What He's Really Trying To Do Is Create Unique Characters"

Hideo Kojima seemingly admitted that he'd ordered his art director to make Metal Gear Solid V characters "more erotic" for the specific purpose of selling figurines and encouraging cosplay in a truly bizarre sequence of tweets. However, apparently he was slightly mistranslated, and there may in fact be canonical reasons why Quiet decides to wear such impractical battle dress.

Now that the full 3D models have been released, though, he'll have his work cut out convincing us that he's after anything more than cheap titillation.

"I've been ordering to Yoji [Shinkawa] to make the character more erotic, and he did it well. Recently I've been making characters this way," Kojima tweeted earlier this week. "The initial target is to make u want to do cosplay or its figurine to sell well." This naturally raised a few eyebrows (if not both), but during a press event on Thursday attended by Polygon, his translator had the following to say:

“What he’s really trying to do is create unique characters, and one is of course Quiet. She’s a really unique character, and he wanted to add that sexiness. So it wasn’t very erotic but more of the sexy." An academic difference, perhaps, but the idea of creating "unique characters" is a heartening clarification.

Actress Stefanie Joosten, who plays Quiet, also spoke out to defend the design decision. “Of course, I was surprised to see Quiet’s outfit at first," she said, somewhat tellingly. "But, you know, it fits in the Metal Gear universe, I think. I don’t think I’m allowed to say a lot about this, but, well, Mr. Kojima has his reasons for deciding why Quiet [is] wearing what she’s wearing.”But, you know, it fits in the Metal Gear universe, I think. I don’t think I’m allowed to say a lot about this, but, well, Mr. Kojima has his reasons.”

All of which sounds reasonable, but Kojima has now released the full 3D models of what Quiet actually looks like. I genuinely can't wait to see how he explains this:

Kojima's "Erotic" MGS V Tweet Was Supposed To Read "Sexy," Says Translator

343 Industries' David Ellis has blasted the designs as "disgusting," suggesting that "our industry should be better than this." What do you make of it?

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ValueForMoney  Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:35

The amount of butthurt over video games these days is hilarious.

Guess we should start complaining about sexy movies to? Let's ban 50 Shades of Grey that's the definition of eroticism.

Kojima has the right to make his game however he pleases. But I guess our rights end where your feelings begin.

JonLester  Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:52

So long as these outfits make sense in terms of character, context and canon - leading to Quiet being a believable character - I doubt that too many people will have a problem with the end result. For me, though, the problem is that art direction is such a crucial part of game design that informs players about the world and its inhabitants, that I'd hate to see it compromised just to "make u want to do cosplay or its figurine to sell well."

Character designs should be a reflection of their personality, down to the finest detail - much like Meryl's combat fatigues in MGS1 tell us that she's a no-nonsense soldier without us knowing anything else about her.

We'll wait and see what happens. There's definitely a difference between being "butthurt" and expecting more from our games, though.

Last edited by JonLester, Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:55
Late  Sep. 6, 2013 at 13:29

Let's ban 50 Shades of Grey...

Point me toward the petition.

DivideByZero  Sep. 6, 2013 at 13:34

I still have no f***ing idea what is going on with the video games industry.

You can murder people and it's OK, no one bats an eyelid. But rape someone in a game and the world loses it s***. (Hotline 2).

It's so pathetic that it's not OK to dress characters in whatever, but it is OK for them to murder people / commit genocide / etc.

Jon, I'm with you, as long as it fits the character it should be fine. Pointless passing judgement until we know more, but I personally would have wrapped up a bit warmer!

JonLester  Sep. 6, 2013 at 13:47

@/0: Tricky one, that. I strongly believe that games should be free to explore any complex or controversial issue - as an art form, we should expect nothing less. However (and this is the important part), only a tiny handful of developers and writers are actually capable of doing this in a meaningful and mature way, as opposed to sleazy sensationalism or shock factor, or worse trivialising a horrific issue.

The industry is coming to terms with this right now, kind of like growing pains. I'd like to see boundaries pushed, but in the right way and for the right reasons.

Breadster  Sep. 6, 2013 at 15:01

There's hardly a big difference between erotic and sexy, it just sounds less perverse.

This just seems like a really poor attempt at damage control to me. "Mr Kojima has his reasons", yeah, he's already told us two of them - to sell figurines and to give him half naked women in cosplay to drool over.

DivideByZero  Sep. 6, 2013 at 16:39

I would say there is a difference between erotic and sexy... and I would say the above imagery is more erotic than sexy.

You can be sexy without being half, sorry, MOSTLY naked.

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Last edited by DivideByZero, Sep. 6, 2013 at 16:40
Breadster  Sep. 9, 2013 at 12:45

I only said there isn't a big difference. The actual definition of the words "erotic" and "sexy" are almost identical. Either way, my point is just that it's a weak excuse to give and imo, Kojima clearly meant what he was saying and the translation was fairly accurate.

It wouldn't be the first time someone has done something like this, they're just not usually so open about it.

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