Kojima clarifies "erotic" comments for female character in MGSV

Kojima says "sexy" would have been a better word to use than "erotic" and that there's a reason the bikini-clad sniper dresses the way she does.

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Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima has elaborated on a string of tweets made earlier this week where he spoke about asking Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's artist to make a female character "more erotic" to boost figurine sales and encourage cosplay.

Discussing the choice of phrasing, Kojima said "sexy" would have been a better choice of word. "Maybe the phrase 'erotic' wasn't really [the correct word for] what I was trying to say," Kojima said in an interview with Polygon.

The character at the heart of the reaction to Kojima's comments, bikini-clad sniper Quiet, is meant to be unique, according to Kojima. "What I'm really trying to do is create unique characters. One of those is, of course, Quiet. She's a really unique character. I wanted to add that sexiness to her. It wasn't really supposed to be erotic, but sexy."

Kojima also added that his focus on sexiness was a characteristic for the character. "You're going to notice [when you play,] but there's limited dialogue with the [Metal Gear Solid 5], and for that reason we really want to show the characteristic from each character," Kojima added. "Sexy could be for guys, weapons, vehicles, it's really that characteristic."

Longtime Metal Gear Solid artist Yoji Shinkawa agreed with Kojima. "From my perspective, it's not just the characters, but often I look at a weapon or a vehicle and think 'That's really sexy,'" he said. "It's not just the characters, but the mechs and weapons [as well.]"

Model Stefanie Joosten, who provides the motion capture for Quiet, adds that there's a definite reason the character is dressed the way she is. "Of course, I was surprised to see Quiet's outfit at first," she said. "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."

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RatedSTARZ
RatedSTARZ

Lol, this is why it's called the "entertainment" industry. Yet another thing for people to whine and complain about, I just hope we don't start seeing game reviewers under-handing the game just cuz of this choice in art direction... *cough* Polygon :P. 

Miguel_Fight
Miguel_Fight

"Kojima says(...) there's a reason the bikini-clad sniper dresses the way she does."
-I KNOW THE REASON: she dresses that way 'cause the desert is really hot, and G string is always better for coolling down a female sniper's fire! HAHAHAH!!! xD

Kojima can kiss my ass with that mambo-jambo-talk! That's pure Marketing working! Boobs and g-strings sell a lot! Talking about blocking the sun with a net... :P

Erotic will be the camera angles when we play the game, for sure! xD

MasterBlade7123
MasterBlade7123

"But, you know, it fits in the Metal Gear universe, I think. I don't think..." You would think I was making this up but no it's right their. 

se007
se007

Cheap and vulgar are the right words Kojima! These boobs are meant for horny teenage boys that's all, no need to search deep meaning. He already did similar things with Eva in MGS 3, and it looked cheap as it was. Seriously this decisions are pretty ludicrous and out of place, and gamers still asking why people don't take games seriously?

ViskiJack
ViskiJack

It gives me an erection to watch this video game characther.

KL3MP0
KL3MP0

Bbbbbut, people... What's wrong with boobies? Who, in their right mind, doesn't like boobies?

Zenwork21
Zenwork21

Historically been almost naked is the natural way snipers goes around to be unnoticed.

nightsavior
nightsavior

You know who I blame the most? Gamespot. First of all, Ellis was referred to as "halo designer" when what he tweeted about Kojima went viral on this site. The truth is the man has not worked on much Halo related material yet if you go by the assumptions Game-spot painted, it makes it seem as if Ellis was much more hands-on with the series than he actually is.

Right away this can start an impassioned argument between two very large fan bases. (Which of course gets Gamespot traffic as we debate and argue in the comments section) 

Whether you are a social justice warrior obsessed with 1st world problems or someone who could care less about Quiet's design, Gamespot does not give a flip either way. This is sensationalism for the hits. Nothing more,nothing less.

shantd
shantd

Both Kojima and the model who plays as quiet have already implied very strongly that there is a good in-game reason for the way she dresses. So why don't you lot with the pogo sticks up your ass wait til the game comes out and then decide?

Slash_out
Slash_out

It's a game, it sells dreams and fantasy. 

She is very pretty and sexy.

Everything seems fine to me.

Now ignore the feminists and enjoy the game once it's released.

Pupchu
Pupchu

Metal Gear Solid: A XXX Parody

josh7845
josh7845

OK last time I checked, they were in the middle of a fucking desert. That bikini seems a tad impractical for a military fucking operative.

quakke
quakke

lol. so this is what happens when they have fucked up MGS. They try to get the older men, or original MGS fans in by using sex.

I'm an MGS fan but last one i played was MGS2 due to it being multiplatform. Ain't gonna play on any Pstation or Xplosivebox due to current dumbed down games. 

PC, or no gaming at all, period.

vLuminaire
vLuminaire

Kojima old troll and people buy.

Lovely!

tansei
tansei

I trust Kojima, he always delivers great games. 

DaCriLL
DaCriLL

Holy crap, this just in......sex sells.

(facepalm)

Cant we just accept human nature and drop this ridiculous debate. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

Oh, Kojima. Stirring up some more "news". Seems to me that he's always at the middle of weird things like this that we hear about on the internet. If he does it on purpose, he's surely getting what he set out for.

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

Hmm. I'm sure that'll all come together when it's done (no pun intended); but with a name like Quiet, I'd have made her dress up ALOT more. Like, with a turban/face scarf, and some really heavy clothes that almost hide her whole body/face... Like a ninja-sniper or something.

Anyway, Kojima knows what he's doing. So let that ride out.

RELeon
RELeon

Its a video game.......if you don't like how Hideo makes his characters, don't play the game. It's not like anyone is forcing the game upon you. All this is speculation at this point. Nobody knows WHY she looks the way she does, so relax and wait for the game to come out. She is basically wearing a bikini. Big deal. There are much more offensive video game characters than her.

MaskRisen
MaskRisen

Has anyone seen Eva in MGS3? No? And there is no such thing as Quiet hentai, the girls just scream waaaaay to much.

chavao666
chavao666

doesn't change anything...it's still a ridiculous idea to increase the sales of hentai and popularity between attention whores cosplayers

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

How about we focus on something that matters. Is MGS5 going to be a movie again, or is it going to be a game? I call bullshit, after that trailer, and all the previous trailers, on it actually being the alleged open world game they talked about.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Wow is this what happens on weekends? The college drop-outs and failed literature students come to GameSpot to post tl;dr half-cocked opinions in as many archaic and mis-used words as possible, so as to sound like their opinion means something? These comments are almost as bad as the fanboyism.

FollowY0urBliss
FollowY0urBliss

Um, so what was the reason she dresses the way she does, again?

TeamBuddies
TeamBuddies

The hatred of sexual expression is vile and infamous, and it is contemptible that it still pollutes the minds of today.  Why else would Kojima feel compelled to substitute a word of sexuality for one of mere attraction if not to mollify the cringing and feverish moral authorities of the world?

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

Ho, ho. I find it amusing when face to face with pure hypocrisy; with America being some of the biggest producers of Adult content thus far, and having such a rich variety of brothels, singles clubs, adult companies blooming by the minute and a satisfyingly  steady production of adult videos out of California, you've nothing to complain about, in fact you have revoked your right of opinion by this. I protest your selective ignorance, you have seen everything there is to see, you have done everything there is to do; I'd be hard pressed to believe that anything you saw here came anywhere close to your "private man hours" or rather "10 minute previews" of those adult entertainment channels at midnight, after the water shed hours, in the basement of your grandma's house, too under-skilled to move out mayhap.

Women are true heroes, then let us commemorate them, in times of great recessions of old, they would single-handedly get us out of such wilderness by means of prostitution and generic sexual work. These times are in no way an exception. You merely need to see how they advertised a BMW car ad during the 80s, and the caption was "test drive her now" and there was a women in a bikini sitting on the car bonnet of the BMW. Another such was a women once again wearing a bikini and this time she's holding up a 36 port industrial router with aggregation and wan teaming capabilities, question is, how much of networking does she know? better yet, how is she relevant to this ad? Music industries, and excuse my not mentioning the other thousand, particularly are like soft-core strip videos not music videos and there was not a single Japanese in the making of such. Japanese only ever followed after the West and USA, Europe, much like the dog follows after its owner, you've no one to blame save your brethren whom promote such; including your Nude beaches,and cruises, page 3 girls, painted ladies, mud wrestles, stars and stripes thongs (maybe not), Sin City, and the many, many "red light" districts, of which I personally call "Primeval callings"; and there is little Love and Romance in these. For a surety, those who attend the like thereof, are truly the fools soon it won't be long before their womenfolk are caught in that.

Hideo Kojima may have seen his sales plummet, so he returned to some of the most classical sales boosting techniques, the so-called "carrot in front of the donkey" very timeless bait indeed, one of such as will last until doomsday, and in no way can we say it doesn't work, but rather the contrary. This male dominated world and genre finds its ways to sexualise women in a distasteful and lustrous, anti feminist way that is truly deplorable and grotesque, utterly unrelenting to say the least. In light of this, shall I say unto thee that we've much to learn, to appreciate women not only when fully undressed, to see them as individuals and equals, to realise the person behind the arousing and mouth-watering flesh, to understand that they are not mere objects for expulsion of sexual sadisms. It was a facade, a delusion, a type of psychosis, once you're relieved you'll realise how much your "Wild-side" got the better of you. And please don't embarrassingly try to make a fault into a solution or a loss to a victory, just because you fall foul of it, it takes a loser to lose but a sore loser to not admit it. "your just backwards *Grunt *grunt *mumble *mumble we are modern!, mum whats this black box wiff pictures in it a telly or a shoe box?"


Salanderr
Salanderr

Creepy perverted Japanese man acting creepy and perverted? Yeah, well done man, you have managed to turn me off ever wanting to buy this game.

X-KON
X-KON

@Miguel_Fight Guys who hate girls can get upset all they want. I don't really understand why though. Just let them be. Go play a wrestling game where you can watch oiled up men in tights and speedos hug each other. If females in revealing outfits upset you, then stay away from this game.

Miguel_Fight
Miguel_Fight

@se007Those boobs and outfit are meant for selling the game even better. It doesn't matter who plays it, as long as the game is purchased by gamers. :)

nightsavior
nightsavior

@se007 What about Catwoman in Arkham city or Cortana's increased sexiness throughout Halo? Personally I like those characters and don't think their sexiness detracts from them.

What I'm wondering is why you think Quiet is somehow worse than the examples given or why you think "liking the female physique" automatically makes someone immature. What does maturity have to do with biology? 

Beyond that I notice a lot of people are quick to critique the sexiness in Japanese games but keep "hush-hush" about the sexiness in western games. Heck I find it more disturbing Kratos is willing to through a helpless naked woman into a bunch of gears just so he can open a door.

MysteryJ0ker
MysteryJ0ker

@Zenwork21 

With the exception they're not going for the historical route.  The history was just conveniently there and Kojima is probably oblivious to that part.

snossage
snossage

@shantd I'm guessing from some of the torture footage, this sets the premise for her scantily clad state.

quakke
quakke

@Pupchu  

Lol. I Guess since that is yet to happen, it's gonna happen?

edpeterson
edpeterson

Don't worry Kojima is taking the low rode and catering to the immature guy gamers, why would he be smart and try to cater to the female fans too along with being more realistic in terms of military operations? I mean it's not like MGS3 and his other games ever tried to be semi-realistic in respect to the military. Oh wait...

shantd
shantd

@josh7845 You're right, she should be arse naked. Would blend in better with the 'fucking desert'.

shantd
shantd

@quakke That's just dumb. You're gonna miss out on a shitload of amazing games in the long run.

nightsavior
nightsavior

@matrixman2k So how's Sexy Beach 3? Much more respectful of women than Metal-gear is I assume! You gave it an 8.3,right? (Feel free to delete it off your page to avoid embarrassment. Unless you want to defend your enjoyment of Sexy Beach 3. I'd be more impressed of the later than the former. Still,your choice.)

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@matrixman2k Brothels? Do you think this is the 1700s? There aren't "brothels" in America. If you live here and you said that, you're that much stupider.

Miguel_Fight
Miguel_Fight

@X-KONShow me where am i upset with females in tiny clothing in my previous coment, baby-boy! Let's see that!
You go play those nasty games that you know so well and stay out of real men's talk.

nightsavior
nightsavior

PS: Sorry,I meant "throw" as opposed to "through"!

tightwad34
tightwad34

@youngskillz So true. And it will never stop. Part of it is women can NEVER stay satisfied. Why do you think they gotta have all those clothes and shoes? Why do you think they constantly change their hair color? Gotta find ways to be satisfied for a week or so.

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

@Grenadeh Heh, heh, who said I live in America? No offence, but if I lived there, my articulation may be that of a five year old boarding school fresh boy. So, you don't have Escort services, massage, lap, strip, singles clubs/ centres? 

We know many of these provide sexual services as well, and to that effect, are a kind of "brothel" just "rehashed", payment is made via food and drink or, purchase of a dress. Your pedigree and that of your forefathers is the like of those who coined the many dark concepts that proceed us. 

Oh, and don't be offended by my English literacy, this comes as standard from where I come from; which is quite contrary to the many mind-less illiteracies pronounced in those first person shooters that have poisoned peoples minds, these can not be good for you.. Thesaurus is those whom English may be their third language, if you were born in an English speaking country, and use it, consider it as a handicap.

nightsavior
nightsavior

@MysteryJ0ker @nightsavior @matrixman2k I have no problem with people enjoying hentai games in the privacy of their own homes. 

It's just if someone is going to call out Kojima for his portrayal of women he or she probably shouldn't have a game on his or her profile in which he or she bribes busty scantily clad women with gifts so they'll have sex with his or her avatar!