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Metal Gear Solid 5: Quiet is Quite Scantily Clad

Metal Gear Solid 5's character gets little to no uniform for a non-disclosed "purpose."

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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’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? 

Originally Published Sep. 9th 2013

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  • 1
    russell johnston 7 months ago
    these constant complaints. i'm getting sick of them. not only are they against freedom of self expression but in all honesty its a game that i've played since i was 5 years old. in my opinion she should wear a little less clothing but i will probably never see that from a japanese game developer because of the way they see sexual expression they don't have real porn and don't ask me how i know cause i have the right not to tell you.
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    Amazon Eliza Steel 11 months ago
    Featured Contributor
    Quiet? Guess he likes his half-dressed girls to be seen... not heard. But, hey Stallone ran around Vietnam without a shirt for half a movie.
  • 7
    Mech-Phree_1557 11 months ago
    Featured Contributor
    It doesn't surprise me he went this route. I think what he's trying to say is their is some story element that we don't know about yet which will explain everything. That or he needs to hire new translators. As far as the outfit, i've seen ALOT worse (Dragon's Crown comes to mind) but I can see how this could be offensive.
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    Miranda Kirk (ChizeloffdaBlock) 11 months ago
    Senior Intern
    Yeah, I mean I suppose there could potentially be a reason hidden in the story. I guess we'll just have to wait and see..
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    Ashley Shankle 11 months ago
    Associate Editor
    I think that it's fine. There's no reason to stifle creative expression because someone is offended. Anyone who has been playing the MGS games for years knows the games are over the top, and Kojima is pushing some 'messages' in MGSV.

    Also there were like three more tweets to his explanation, but there is no mention of that here nor a link to the source.

    "If Quiet was a male character, would he be shirtless and wearing nothing but dog tags? No."

    I see you didn't play MGS2 where Raiden was running around in nothing but his birthday suit for what seemed like an eternity.
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    Miranda Kirk (ChizeloffdaBlock) 11 months ago
    Senior Intern
    But MGS2 was over 10 years ago, 2001 I believe, and the gaming community has changed and graphics have definitely changed. I think culture has a lot to do with what I'm trying to say, maybe I came off a little harsh.

    I don't believe in "stifling creative expression" either. I just think that since the gaming audience is almost 50% women these days it would benefit some developers making more realistic uniforms and suits for women.