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Shuhei Yoshida Comments on the Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Controversy

It appears that the controversy over Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 just keeps on going. At least the comments that are being reported now make a lot more sense than some.

PlayStation’s Shuhei Yoshida was talking to Japanese site 4Gamer recently and gave his view on why the game is not being released in the West:

 “Instead of being conscious of an overseas release, it was probably judged to be better to aim only at the Japanese market. After all, there is a cultural difference. That’s because in the west the awareness on how women should be depicted in media such as games is different than in Japan.

As for my personal opinion, if a representation is generally acceptable to the public within the Japanese culture, I think Japanese people don’t mind, but it is a difficult problem.

I really liked Dragon’s Crown for PS3 and PS Vita, but the title was harshly criticized and received some very low review scores.”

I’m sure while many will respect Yoshida’s comments they still won’t accept “cultural differences” should hold the game back from release. If anything this will be another game held up as a game that has come under the attack of censorship.

With people even starting petitions to get Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 released in The West, this will be an argument that just keeps on going until the game’s release.

What are your thoughts on the controversy around Dead or Alive Xtreme 3? Was it a bad idea to not release it in the West? Let us know your opinion below.