Suda51: Sexuality In Games Shouldn’t Be A Taboo

Goichi "Suda51" Suda’s next game, Killer Is Dead features a “Gigolo Mode” where the protagonist takes a break from violence and spends his time seducing women in a series of side missions. The game director famous for his “No More Hero” series explained the reasoning behind including such a controversial mode.

"I don't really use [sex] as something full frontal, but sexuality is a good way to express a certain element in the game," he said. "Maybe sexuality in games shouldn't be as big a taboo, but at the same time I live in a country where sexuality is pretty crazy."

"I think Western publishers do similar things, like with GTA, going out to a strip club and other things, but I do understand that if a Western developer was to create something like [Gigolo mode] it could backfire."

But it seems that Suda’s fans are OK with the strong sexual undertones persisting in his games such as Kill7 and No More Heroes. In No More Heroes, the protagonist, Travis, killed his way up the ranks of the United Assassins Association just to sleep with a beautiful girl and No More Heroes: Red Zone features a “Viewer Mode” where the player can move the camera to look up the characters’ skirts or strip them naked.

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