Kojima addresses criticism over MGSV's 'sexy' Quiet character

Metal Gear Solid creator says he designed the female character "as an antithesis" to "excessively exposed" characters from past fighting games.

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Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has responded to recent criticism concerning the intentionally "sexy" depiction of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's female character Quiet.

In a string of tweets recently, Kojima told fans that there is a contextual reason Quiet--who never speaks in the game--was designed the way she was.

The depiction of Quiet has not been without controversy.

In a series of tweets last week, Kojima said he directed MGSV's art director to make some of the game's characters, including Quiet, "more erotic" in an effort to encourage cosplay and promote figurine sales. He has since clarified these tweets, saying "sexy" was a better word to use.

"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," Kojima said. "It wasn't really supposed to be erotic, but sexy."

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Halo designer David Ellis took issue with the depiction of Quiet, calling the character design "disgusting" and evidence that the game industry is "full of man babies."

GameSpot recently attended a live demonstration of Metal Gear Solid V prologue Ground Zeroes at Kojima Productions' new office in Los Angeles. Check out GameSpot's impressions for more.

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That is one aesthetically pleasing lady.

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The only thing Kojima can twist about Quiet's appearance that will make "everyone" ashamed, is if he/she/? is an important male character, transitioned into transgender and that now wants to show her new body for some ideological reason. There is no other way to explain a female soldier in a bra.

If she were exposing her skin on purpose for her hyper speed technique, then she should be completely naked to make the most of it and not care at all for being invincible.

So... I'll bet on the trans twist.

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A lot of guys are going to go limp when they find out she is transgender.

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Those little shirtless African boys are wearing less clothes than the woman? There will probably be lots of shirtless dudes, all dressed less than she is. What is the big deal?

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In reallity she is f......ing sexy!!!

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Well, it is a mature game. I'm so sick of reading shit like this. The people raising cane about it are the same ones that let their 12 year olds play GTA V and get mad because the game 'curses too much'. People as a whole love nudity and sex, it's a natural human thing. I miss the days when nobody gave a flying f*ck.

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anyone up for some hot coffee ;)

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Sex sells thats all, he wants this game to sell millions of copys, so they give something for the little kids, give them some boobs!!

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@FakeMythology @pwncakes52 Kinda crazy

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David Ellis is just mad he couldn't come up with a sexy character like that.

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well it was reported that Kojima was gonna put a lot of taboo subjects in the game. Guess he was right

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MGS is to me is becoming more like James Bond, which isn't a bad thing

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I will do the sensible thing and not rush to judgement.

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@Musharasur the smartest comment i have read in a while

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Of course Marketing wouldn't be the only objective that would justify why this female sniper wears a bikini outfit. Let's see what kind of reason the game will show about that.
And 2 to hell with what people think as long Kojima doesn't give empty excuses about her outfit - he better stay shut.
By the way, check out my cromatic version of her:

https://twitter.com/MiguelFight

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You know, the more I think about it, I'm actually more worried about the child soldiers.

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@pwncakes52 exactly naked chick running around god in heaven but see little child soldiers running about murdering no one worries


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Hideo Kojima is making a point that will probably be lost on most fans. But ingenious marketing strategy none the less!!! Also, kind of ironic that she doesn't speak...now she's stuck in an old fashioned role of "being seen and not heard"! lmfao hahaha

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I cant believe this is an issue. Especially I America. Funny that Cortana is a topless naked robot and no one gave bungie any crap.

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@Infinity_Gauntl

Exactly.

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Secret reason for her exposure,perhaps has something to do with Eva from MGS 3.

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All this publicity will help the game sell FAR more... which is a good thing. It teaches cry babies to just shut up.

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@Tripwolf nice to see your still out here trip:)

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oooo scantily clad women in a game on purpose.

Whine whine whine.

It's a game created by a Japanese Man.

Do you HONESTLY expect any less at this point?

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@VenkmanPHD Pretty much. It's especially sad to see Kojima going that route, however, since The Boss and Fortune are among characters that weren't wearing fucking bikinis.

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@YukoAsho @VenkmanPHD
No bikini yeah.. but still a bit over sexy
http://images.wikia.com/metalgear/images/8/8f/E3-2011-metal-gear-solid-3ds-screens-20110607092303840.jpg
and fortune was pant-less.

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"Man babies"? Sounds like something Austin Powers would say.

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Witcher games anyone? I see those games get nothing but praise yet did anyone play W2? lol and people freak out about a little bra.

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@Succumbus Look at the era in which Witcher 2 takes place in, and understand that not even 100 years ago that's how sex, and sexism was. Not to mention the deeper message behind the actual books. Game of Thrones would be the only possible fictional universe you could compare to the Witcher.

As opposed to MGS, I've never seen a female soldier running around with a piece of floss of a bra.

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So suddenly, a franchise into it's fifth game should completely stop being what it's always been because of constant bitching by white knights?

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@G1ingy funny, this reminds me of a certain franchise named "Resident Evil"

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This guy is a genius so whatever he does it will be great, whether we like or not. By the way, I'm surprised the critics came from a guy that's part of team that made Coartana sooooo hot... for a hologram, but still very curvy and busty, so he'd better shut up!!!

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Love the way this has kicked off. What ever Kojima does will be great, seems everyone's forgotten about the hidden features with the bosses in MGS 4

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@Zee_Blade Remind me of these hidden features? Played the game but not sure what you're talking about.

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I dont care if its erotic or not, but erotic or not ,her clothes design is terrible...The character design could look sexy ,erotic or whatever without looking vulgar.

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THIS. If you need any indication that MGS has jumped the fucking shark, it's Quiet.

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Pretty easy to judge something out of context... Can't media, gamers and devs wait the game launch? To see if it's sexist in the game context?

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Not against exposure or anything, why are men constantly topless but women can't show too much?

But that bra does not suit any other part of the character. Horrid design

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Kojima may as well be a pervert.but I love his games, MGSV five is going to be awesome, he's also one if not the best game designer ever.

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Quiet character design is truly terrible.

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Beautiful is all I have to say.

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I'm not offended by this lara croft clone, but all the scenes of torture and crap in the trailer has made me decide not to buy this game. If I wanted to live the horrors of war I'd enlist.

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@cws3e There is a torture scene in every Metal Gear Solid game except 4. Its nothing new.

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@cws3e Ever play Call of Duty or Battlefiled or even Arma for that matter ?

And Halo designer has a lot of cheek as well look at thet Cortosa woman in his games a naked woman or one wearing a latex catsuit.

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So you're saying that you've never played a video game that depicted war? Somehow I doubt that....

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I think Kojima is a regular watcher of Feedbackula... i bet he just watches everything ,smirking and eating popcorn while naked ladies massage his back.

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HALLELUJAH!!!

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Kojima already said Quiet's character is envisioned to be antithetical to the characters of past fighting games, where story just happens to be ignored anyway.

From what I have gathered the story and themes he listed seem to be, perhaps, the most complex and significant in a video game so far. Almost every other game is grounded on black and white reasoning and easily controlled variables.

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Edited By sashimiboy1969

And when female characters wear sweaters and bulky clothing (hey; maybe dark veils even) that will be the end of that! That is, no one will complain but I bet sales will be less. Somewhat less. ^_^

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fap

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