A new video game set to be released on Playstation’s virtual reality system is set to outrage a few feminists.Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 is already controversial on conventional consoles and has been self censored and withdrawn from US and European release.
In a video showing the platform’s new VR technology, the man playing clearly uses the motion controller to touch her inappropriately, despite her protests. The feature lets players ogle the female body, even though she tells him in translation: I don’t like it . She also uses a word that directly translates to bad that is often used to flatly deny permission.
Founder and Creative Director of Games We Play, Kate Raynes-Goldie complained:
Very often women in video games are sexually objectified and don’t have any agency in the game and this is taking that to the next level.
I think that video games play a strong part in contributing to the larger culture and what social norms are. The problem with that is the more you see that the more it becomes ok.
It’s normalising it… It’s definitely going to be changing the norm and further contributing to that norm that women are objects and no means yes and adding to that problem we have in society.
It is unclear if the Japanese version being demonstrated is the version to be released in the west on October 13.