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Submitted by koga88 1123d ago | opinion piece

Deep Silver shouldn’t have to apologize for Dead Island Riptide bikini statue

Travis Bruno of Capsule Computers writes:

"Stop the outrage because those of you so up in arms probably wouldn’t have bothered with this title anyways. If you don’t like it? Don’t buy it. Don’t stop a company from trying to do something unique." (Dead Island Riptide, Deep Silver, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

koga88  +   1123d ago
It really is just pathetic that so many people are up in arms over this thing. I like how this guy mentions that people complaining now are just hypocrites who only want to complain when things are in their favor but then blast anything else. Would a male torso have looked better? No it would have been boring and bland and like a chunk of blood covered tan clay. Unless they just make it of the guy's swimming trunks or something, then no one would complain because guy sexualization is "A Okay."
anime_swag_pro  +   1123d ago
You really are pushing the boundaries here by telling the cold hard truth to a bunch of male gamers on a gaming site.
Bimkoblerutso  +   1123d ago
It's not that I'm offended by it or anything, I'm just...I don't know. It's just getting so goddamn tiring. Did we really need zombie chicks to be sexualized for us once again? It's not even funny or edgy at this point.

Still, the feminists are equally tiring, if not more so.
palaeomerus  +   1123d ago
" You really are pushing the boundaries here by telling the cold hard truth to a bunch of male gamers on a gaming site."

If you ever bought and played God of War and enjoyed it, then shut the hell up now, ya hypocrite. The boundaries you want to whine about "pushing" are YOUR problem not Koga88's. He's right. Being offended is not a license to chide and censor everyone you disagree with. Your sense of taste is not law. Get over your own silly outrage.
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discordman  +   1123d ago
You don't understand, do you?
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1123d ago
I don't get it.

The game takes place on a tropical island. I don't know how old you people are but I go on vacations to Cancun, Miami, Jamaica, Hawaii etc and the beaches are covered with chicks in bikinies. If a zombie outbreak would occure, there would be a lot of hot zombie chicks in bikini's.

The game's environment is a tropical island hence their decapitated female zombie statue in a bikini. It's not rocket science here people. The stereotype of a zombie is a male. I think it's great that they are using a female. Nice to get some equality in the zombie market.
prototypeknuckles  +   1123d ago
true, but who knows maybe its just us, maybe the majority of men are as ripped as kratos, jin, dante, maybe they are a perfect looking like the prince, nathan drake, all men blatantly have 6 pack abs, raging biceps, and walk around shirtless.
showtimefolks  +   1123d ago
i don't think they should have to apologies or explain them self. its a limited edition you can just buy the regular edition and enjoy the game like me

people will complain no matter what so developers/publishers should always do what they think is best.
LinkageAX  +   1123d ago
Games are not accurate representations of reality. I thought that everyone would have worked this out by now, what with all the idealised characters and unrealistic settings.
j-blaze  +   1123d ago
they should apologize, and they did! that thing IS OFFENSIVE AND UNNECESSARY UN FREAKING NECESSARY!! what the hell were they thinking!
discordman  +   1123d ago
No, he should not apologize
-Gespenst-  +   1123d ago
@Koga88 - But you're completely missing the point. It wouldn't be as offensive if it were a male torso, that's true, but that's because, unfortunately, it's still (though it's getting better, no thanks to things like this) a man's world.

Women are still marginal in society to a degree- are still subject to asymmetrical, patriarchal relations of power. In other words, a women are made by men, by the demands of men, and they mightn't even realize it.

If this relation was reversed, a male torso would probably become offensive. The issue here is the objectifying of a marginal group in society- circulating noxious ideas about femininity and silencing the female voice.

I wonder how many women were involved in the conception of that bust...
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LinkageAX  +   1123d ago
This post is retarded. Did you take a year or two in womens studies or something equally ridiculous?
sdozzo  +   1123d ago
Society now. Awful.
masterabbott  +   1123d ago
I agree with you on this one, people are totally taking this out of proportion there is nothing wrong with this at all. Its original and very well designed and something no one has even thought of doing! 5 stars to Deep Silver for originality and smarts on getting this out!
militissanctus  +   1123d ago
It is surprising that so many people have caught wind of this. Interesting article though.
-MD-  +   1123d ago
That might have been their intention. This is great publicity for the game.
Hellsvacancy  +   1123d ago
This is the first ive seen of this, the thing looks bloody awful, who in there right mind would want to buy that, it looks tacky, a statue of a zombie head would of been cool
darkpower  +   1123d ago
Then don't buy it, which is what the guy in the article said!

If a person thinks that the thing sucks, then fine, but people shouldn't whine and cry about them making it like two year olds. How many people now know about this thing existing because the few people that knew about it bitched about it? Now people are curious and may want to buy it, and give the publishers incentive to do more of that.

And really, even if it isn't what they thought it would be, what's so wrong about it that it deserves this kind of backlash?

It's simple: this is another example of the internet arguing over the stupidest shit and acting as though the world is gonna end tomorrow if something about it doesn't change right now. Either that or they troll constantly just to see how far they can get things to go. Why is it that shit like this happens way too often, and that way too many people do this sort of thing? Is this what we've become as a society?
-Gespenst-  +   1123d ago
It shouldn't just be a matter of "don't buy it" - reducing everything to monetary worth. You've got to be more critical about these things. There's more to this than just your money's worth, it's about representation, it's about gender, it's about our culture. All these things seem to have been obscured by consumerism. It's all about value and object fetishism and luxury. What happened to actual values?
darkpower  +   1122d ago
Which wouldn't get exposure and publicity if you would just ignore it.

Thing is, corporations speak money, and if you don't buy something they put out, then they do get the message. It DOES go down to monetary worth because these people run a business. They are there to make money. If they don't make money off of something, then they will just not do it and try something else.

But doing this just gives things exposure and more potential buyers, which means we'll have more people talking and buying the thing than people who just ignore it.

Is it something that deserves the exposure and/or ridicule? I don't know. I don't know if the controversy surrounding it is sufficient and I think some of it is people using strawman arguments. Some people might want the thing, and that's their right. If they really want to buy it, then it's their money. But don't cry when you see more of hot button items like this and you wonder why the hell corporations continue to sell them.

It's because they know that people will BUY them! Which is why this IS a monetary issue. Speak with your wallet. What else CAN you do, really, about it. You can't force others to not buy it because they have just as much right to buy it as you do to not buy it. Simple as that!
ManDemon  +   1123d ago
Zombie head would have been. I'd feel like this kind of gives off a psycho vibe.
Blastoise  +   1123d ago
That would look lovely right above my fireplace

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FlyingFoxy  +   1123d ago
or melted in it.
JoMO  +   1123d ago
Would look excellent next to my leg lamp...
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1123d ago
You guys made me lol =)
ShaunCameron  +   1123d ago
Agreed. What's with these special-interest groups forcing political correctness down everyone's throats?
2pacalypsenow  +   1123d ago
so killing zombies in a game that is full of Double d babes is ok but making a statue of one is offensive GTFO! it would of been better if the top was removable!!
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e-p-ayeaH  +   1123d ago
I don't complain but why this?

I get dismemberment is a big deal out these games but this is a little too far.
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-Gespenst-  +   1123d ago
It pretty much sums up the juvenile mentality of the games industry though, and why it doesn't get taken seriously. I mean if you don't see how something like this could be offensive, you need to grow up.

Bit titted bikini babe = "sex sells" and LITERALLY objectifying women.

Mutilating the female form? Sure you could say it's attacking the idea that women have to have big tits, a great body and wear bikinis to be attractive, but somehow I doubt that was the thought process behind it. It comes across as pretty sexist. The woman is reduced to a piece of dead meat with big tits and a bikini. It offends me because of how stupid it is. When are videogames going to grow out of this shit?

All this is is a cheap, mindless "sex and violence" cash-grab. I mean, who's idea was it to sexualize a maimed torso anyway? That's just weird
e-p-ayeaH  +   1123d ago
Its meant to be a joke because you know those "things" matter xD but a statuette like that is a little too far that i agree its very subjective to females.
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8bitHero  +   1123d ago
lmfaoo that shit looks stupid. i get the dismemberment thing but what that? why not the head, or the hand? that just looks tacky.
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discordman  +   1123d ago
Yeah, this is a bit much. Not the statue, but the controversy. It's a zombie torso, made for fun to promote a zombie game. Yes, it has boobs, but females tend to have those and a covered torso for a game that takes place on a beach would make no sense.
mrkeith  +   1123d ago
I hope they show her vagina. That would make the pre order totally awesome
masterabbott  +   1123d ago
if they did then that is when people could bitch and complain about it!
discordman  +   1123d ago
Hahahahaha. Yes, they would. That would be bad.
mrkeith  +   1121d ago
lol glad you guys understood it was a joke :) Just being a smartass
mrkeith  +   1121d ago
last time i got tagged for being "immature"
coaidant  +   1123d ago
Any other body part would of been fine, but they had to go for the tits didn't they
masterabbott  +   1123d ago
I think if the statue was of a zombie's torso everything would be ok. but because its of a woman's torso only wearing a bikini all hell is breaking loose... this is honestly utter crap and bulls#$@#@. this is a great idea and Deep Silver shouldnt have to appologise for anything. Any anyone that has teken offense to this but plays violent video games and watches horror movies, should get over it and move on!
discordman  +   1123d ago
It's a sad thing to see how the stupidest things attract controversy. While EA racks up cash by cheating a market, yanking servers offline from paying customers and using free to play to change their IPs into legalized gambling, a torso is what makes news.

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