Metal Gear Solid 5: Quiet is Quite Scantily Clad
Hideo Kojima said on his twitter that there is a reason for Metal Gear Solid 5’s character Quiet to have the wardrobe that she has in the game. The design of her uniform, if one can call it that, has caused quite the stir throughout some of the message boards. The character is going to look like this, at least in part of the game:
Kojima tried to explain that Quiet will be an antithesis of female characters and that there is a purpose, but he is not saying the objective completely and just wants people to trust his judgment.
I know there's people concerning about "Quiet" but don't worry. I created her character as an antithesis to the women characters (cont)— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 7, 2013
appeared in the past fighting game who are excessively exposed. "Quiet" who doesn't have a word will be teased in the story as well. (Cont)— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 7, 2013
(Cont) But once you recognize the secret reason for her exposure, you will feel ashamed of your words & deeds.— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 7, 2013
Theme of "MGSV" is "GENE"⇒"MEME"⇒"SCENE"⇒"PEACE"⇒"RACE". Story touches the misunderstanding, prejudice, hatred, conflict caused by (cont)— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 7, 2013
the difference of language, race, custom, culture, and preference. (Cont)— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 7, 2013
(Cont) The response of "Quiet" disclosure few days ago incited by the net is exactly what "MGSV" itself is.— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) September 7, 2013
I’m not saying that he is in any way degrading women in games or anything like that, but to say there is a reason for a woman to wear next to nothing in a shoot out--a war battle? There is no reason for that sort of outfit on a female character. Who in their right mind would go into a fight with nothing but a bra and pants? If Quiet was a male character, would he be shirtless and wearing nothing but dog tags? No.
It does get kind of discouraging to yet again not be able to play a realistic female character in a game. I think that the gaming audience would enjoy a female character that is known for how she fights and has actual character development throughout a story, considering more and more women are playing games these days. Plus I know of a lot of guys that agree too, so developers can’t use the excuse of “listening to their core male audience.” Come on developers, lets get some real female characters soon!
What do you think of Kojima’s character design and his explanation?