Ahead of its release next month, Dead or Alive 6 showed its face at Evo Japan as part of a promotional slot. The whole thing (or thereabouts) was streamed live on Twitch, with a sizeable audience watching on as things got a little steamy.
For those out of the loop, Evo Japan is basically the Japanese version of Evo -- the world's largest annual fighting game gathering. As you'd expect, it welcomes professional fighting game talent from all over the world, as players compete in some seriously stacked tournaments.
It was all going smoothly until the Dead or Alive 6 portion of the stream was cut short following content that was deemed inappropriate. First off, while highlighting the game's free camera mode, the action was deliberately paused as on-screen characters found themselves in sexually suggestive poses. This was something that you could do in Dead or Alive 5 as well, but it's not something that you'd expect to see on an official livestream.
What happened next was more risque. Two of the event's on-stage presenters, both of them female and quite scantily dressed, started showing their, er, buttocks to the audience as the camera zoomed in for a closer look. After that, they started bouncing up and down for reasons that should be obvious. Again, it was a weird thing to see broadcast on Twitch. Okay, maybe not that weird depending on what kind of camera-based streams you watch, but you know what we mean.
After the Dead or Alive 6 stream was pulled, Evo organiser Joey Cuellar -- more commonly known as Mr. Wizard -- apologised on Twitter for what had happened, but the tweet has since been deleted. He said that the stream had been temporarily removed to "protect the integrity of our brand".
All of this makes for a good story though, doesn't it? Let us know your innocent thoughts in the comments section below.
Sony's approach is making more and more sense.
"After that, they started bouncing up and down for reasons that should be obvious"
Can you please specify for people like me who aren't familiar with Evo Japan?
Nowt like a bit of T&A to throw a spanner in the works.
Maybe I'm mis-remembering, but I thought DOA6 was trying to get away from this image so that it could be taken more seriously as a fighting game?
Pics or it didn't happen.
Do streams get censored and/or taken down when faces are ripped off in Mortal Kombat XI?
I just watched some of what was streamed on YouTube and couldn’t believe how the whole thing went on. Two girls who I doubt had anything to do with the game, they weren’t pro players or had any input to the game, all they did was show their backsides and kept pulling the slit opening on their tops to keep revealing their cleavages. Then when they eventually showed some gameplay, rather than show some of the fighting mechanics and whatnot, they just kept abusing the free camera mode and pausing while the characters were sexualized positions, 69er poses and stuff while looking at different angles and zooming in and out. Absolutely mental 🤦🏻♂️
@NathanUC Yeah, that was the initial line for Koei Tecmo until a lot of fans started criticising the approach. As it turns out, the default costumes in the game show less skin, but you can quite easily have your big bouncing boobies and the rest of it through different outfits and, of course, breast physics options.
So the hyper-sexualisation hasn't been removed, it's just been better hidden. Personally, though, I think this was always going to be the case. You're insane if you ever thought Koei Tecmo was going to pass up on stuffing season passes with skimpy costumes.
@Ryno Pics or it didn't happen.
Man Ryno that was gonna be my post. You 😉
I'm not even posting the meme now.
I blame this on Sony.
@IBeAGamer Of course you do.
@naruball indeed I do.
@naruball doesn't he/she blame everything on Sony
"It's raining", Sony did it
"It's Snowing", Sony did it
"there was a huge asteroid that impacted the earth and wiped out 90% of the human race", Sony did it
Ooh, you can smell the manufactured outrage from here.
Now I know that links aren't allowed to be post on this site directing to innapropriate content but could we make an exception this time?
@Hapuc For educational purposes only, right?
I don't play fighting games and have no idea who that character is. But I'll be stealing that move for sure, yessir.
Didn't know an Evo stream went from a fighting tournament to a melon measuring contest.
I have no problem with sexual content in games but they should have stuck with just showing off the fighting for the live stream.
Let's keep the blatant trolling to a minimum please. It's all fun and games until someone gets banned.
If they hadn't pulled the stream, we would have probably never even heard of it. So... expect the marketing team to get a raise.
I saw the stream, I think it's a bit too much for evo
I'm just posting this whenever anything like this gets mentioned.
>broadcast part of a person without cloth covering it
>broadcast characters violently beating each other unconscious
> everything is fine
@FullbringIchigo I swear you lot are the most sensitive Sony apologists ever.
@IBeAGamer i was joking, just having a little fun
besides how do we know Sony doesn't have some kind of evil weather controlling satellite?
Of course would never do anything else.
And people think Sony are the only ones doing this? It's happening all over right now,sign of the times and all that.
Yet the average Twitch female streamer does things like this on a daily basis without being worried by anything. Also, by cutting off the stream like that and dramatizing it he basically brought even more attention to what happened, classic Streisand effect. What an idiot. Probably thought he could get easy virtue points.
Having now watched clips of it on YT I can see why they cut the stream.
Actually after the difference in jiggle for Kasumi wearing her default armoured bodysuit vs a loose-fitting cloth outfit was shown off the model replicated the fighting stance bounce to show how realistic the jiggling was. How they move that much in real life too.
@FullbringIchigo Pretty much. I do wonder sometimes whether he's a pushsquare staff member trolling us. It would explain a lot.
@FullbringIchigo I wouldn't be shocked.
@AdamNovice sony are the worst for it.
@Acquiescence It's almost as if (virtual) violence and (real) nudity are two completely different things or something.
Well, if this is the sort of tomfoolery that goes on at these EVO events, then I just might have to start watching them from now on !!
Nowt wrong with a couple of comely Japanese lasses bringing some much needed fun & frolics to an otherwise staid fighting game twitch stream.
Besides, nothing worse on display here than what kids probably already see during your average female wrestling match in WWE or whatever.
THAT was deemed too risque for Japan? Have they seen half the stuff Kojima has put out?
Booby bad, gore good.
My god a clothed breast and ass was present? Did anyone survive?
@Adome finally. Someone who gets it.
I just watched some of the stream. And yes. It is lewd, highly sexualised and that final pose went too far. Especially if this was supposed to be family friendly.
BUT - we are all adults here (I guess). If this game excites people. Let them have their fun.
We have games full of gore and excessive brutality (which isn’t healthy). Streamers can be completely abusive and bad role models. That’s all fine. So why do we draw a line when some guys perv on digital women?
It seems the gaming media looks down with disgust on these people for being a bit horny. Yes, they probably do need girlfriends. But they aren’t the enemy.
They took it a little far with this stream that’s for sure. But I dunno. Just seems like people are a little over sensitive/judgemental.
In this day and age where we let people explore their sexuality and all that jazz. Let people be perverts with computer characters to get their kicks. It is better that than them perving over real people.
@Kienda Just watched a that bit too and was funny for me, but agree it's excessive for something meant to be family friendly. Re what you mentioned though then I don't think people do genuinely care or feel offended about this sort of thing, but just like a lonely gamer gets a kick out of digital perving, there are many who get an equally enjoyable kick out of moral grandstanding and feeling superior, so they pretend to care...but they don't really. It was anti-violence in videogames in the 90s and now the trend is just anti-sexualisation instead, and will likely be anti something else in another decade...maybe it will be anti-facial hair! 😄
@MistressTonberry Oooh! Anti-facial hair! My copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be worth a mint when they pull it from the shelves!
@Th3solution Was best I could imagine seeing as the world and its wife is growing a beard these days! Haha, Witcher 3 perhaps too, as my Geralt always had sexy facial hair, which I had to maintain in that game too! 😉
@IBeAGamer In your little head they are. Also you forgot to like your last comment, I know these things are important to kids like you.
Maybe I'll buy the game thanks to the Stream I think they did an amazing job selling me the game by showing me those angles of the gameplay
After seeing the clips on YouTube, I have to say, I'm absolutely disgusted. There's clearly no shame on display, I can't condone this. It's 2019, in this day and age, this is unacceptable. I cannot describe the low standards shown. I'm not sure if I want the game now.
You just can't have character's limbs clipping through each other like that. It's pathetic enough that Nyotengu's legs clip through her arms, and even Bass' arms for that matter, but Bass' back muscles clip through his singlet! You can not in good taste have graphical oddities like this in games anymore. It's unacceptable.
Seriously, I'm ashamed it took me all day to come up with this.
@AdamNovice what's important to me my friend is getting my foot situation fixed so I can get back to work. Calling me a kid makes me feel that it's you that actually cares too much and is a salty little fanboy.
@Jriibz it wasn’t.
The girls with cleavage were acceptable by the looks of things (and should be, no matter how cringy they were, cleavage is just normal).
The stream was ditched because they paused the game whilst it looks like one of the male characters was performing a sexual act on one of the girls.
It was ridiculous, stupid and was right to stop it.
But I will still defend men being allowed to perve on digital boobs. Or real boobs for that matter.
@MistressTonberry we must defend facial hair!
For the beard!
So, where's that video?
Found it online, watched it. So what? We're streaming ridiculously gory (and stupid) fatalities of MK11 that's degrading to all forms of life in 4K gory-glory and people get offended by something that looked and felt like my 12-year old self giggling and fingerpointing with my friends at Cammy's buttock-prone outfit in Street Fighter.
Granted. This does nothing for all the "women's rights" movements here in the west. But it's fun. Nothing more, in my book at least. It seems like almost all cultures must censor themselves in a global discourse to puritanian, old fashioned christian standards just to not offend anyone.
I personally also find plenty of offense in the global political discourse and the treatment of women and "wrong thinkers" in certain regions of the world and I can't do anything about it. So what. People's opinions, traditions and values differ. You can either see this as a threat or for what it is, in context, and in this case, it was a "more childish than anything" somewhat stiff and stupid PR thing from Japan.
@naruball I think is not in charge there?
@IBeAGamer Come on cant you grow up.
@Flaming_Kaiser funny seeing as it's you guys getting salty.
@IBeAGamer er.. You realise sony had nothing to do with this event? So how would they have pulled the plug on it? You might be upset by Sony's less tolerant view of sexuality in games (which is still predominantly heresy and has thus far been limited to titles that are borderline paedophilia). Twisting information to fit your narrative does not make it factual and the simple act of providing a counter-narrative to your delusional pathfinding does not make one a Sony loyalist.
Looked at the stream, and a bit of what they had the real girls doing. Incredibly poor taste.
@ShogunRok It sounded like the creator was doing it at first because he wanted then changed it because the fans yelled so much. It’s a shame if you ask me. I don’t think there was any SWJ idea behind it, he just sounded tired of his games’ sexuality getting so focused on.
@hi_drnick you err realise that it was a joke?
@hi_drnick also most of the games have characters aged 17 or older, designs don't change that fact.
If you read the interviews he's done recently he talks about 'world trends' and all that stuff. Maybe part of the idea was he's sick of the games (not his, or even Tecmo's eventhough it owns the IP) getting focused on because of sexuality but the current nonsense where people lose their minds of females in skimply clothing definitely played a factor. The fans were right to complain. He's changing a game going after a group of people who have never, and will never play his games, and at the same time he was dumping on the older fanbase. The ones who have played the games for decades, poured money into it and who spend thousands on overpriced DLC for DoA 5. You don't have to like the content, but it's a freaking video game. Nobody is being hurt and people who don't like it, as an EA exec once so brilliantly said while trying to create good PR for his company's game, 'don't have to buy it.' But the sexual content many of the series fans (including women) enjoy shouldn't be toned down because a few nutjobs who can't tell the difference between reality and fantasy feel their needs and comforts should always be placated to and screw everybody else. People in the Western society today are absolutely insane.
@Flaming_Kaiser He really needs to change his name to IBeASaltySandra
This will just make people want to play DoA6 even more now.
I know or IBeASonyHater
@Gamer83 You need to use some spacing i cant get through the massive block off text. I read through it anyways.
But sorry the girls still look hot the costumes are still sexy. I think people try to hard to get annoyed.
Now you have to scroll down to get equip the sexy costumes at least we get 4 at the start now. Which fighter has that anymore.
@IBeAGamer Dude you are a human
@Flaming_Kaiser Still crying dude?
@IBeAGamer You do make me sad.
@Flaming_Kaiser this got old now, no more trolling from me.
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