Ken Levine "disappointed" by focus on breasts in Bioshock Infinite

OXM UK: "Irrational Games boss Ken Levine has told OXM he's saddened by the section of Bioshock Infinite discussion that has focused on leading lady Elizabeth's eye-catching physique."

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Nicaragua2508d ago

awww, he's saddened by the boobies

dark-hollow2508d ago

Boo hoo give me a break!

It just a women with big breasts.
Females have breasts. Is that something to be ashamed or shy off?
At least it is reasonable size not the japanisque-oversized melons!

Tanir2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

exactly.....not like her breasts are covered only by a gem or something, shes still very clothed. i mean if i go outside i will see cleavage. from the old, underage to people my age. boobies are everywhere.

thats like being upset about a focus on hair or a face -_-. aslong as its not ridiculous like rumble roses then theres no prob

besides, corsets always make breast look like that. so whats the prob?

beastgamer2508d ago

hey, I like those japanisque-oversized melons!

smashcrashbash2508d ago

Agreed. I has reached a point where a woman having big breasts in any type of media is a problem. I had friends who had very ample breast sizes and they were still smart, funny,interesting women.As long as that isn't the main focus of the character who cares what size her breasts are? What, do you have to be flat chested to have a personality or something?

gamingdroid2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

***At least it is reasonable size not the japanisque-oversized melons!***

That technically isn't reasonably sized though. Most women don't have breasts that size unless they had surgery.

That said, Levine if you don't want people to focus on it perhaps you should NOT make it that large and then have a low cut to the point where I feel nipples are about to pop out.

Just a though to the master mood and story teller....

That said, I like it and hope they keep it!!! :D

JBaby3432508d ago

^^ Those are not over-sized. She is wearing a corset so they are popping more than in normal clothes but I would say she is a full C-cup. Definitely not bigger than D so pretty average.

I like boobs of all different sizes from these to the "Japanisque-oversized melons". The more boobs the better so I say bring 'em on.

Parapraxis2508d ago

I'm with JBaby343 on this.
She's wearing a corset, they can make average bosoms looks

MmaFan-Qc2508d ago

oh nooooo, nice boobies burned my eyes!

RedSky2508d ago

Have you guys heard of the word pandering?

ThirstyforFanta2508d ago

Retard he's not talking about that..
He's just mad that people focus on her boobs instead of this incredible game

crxss2508d ago

it's simple really. if you don't want people to pay attention to them why make them so big Ken?

Sarcasm2508d ago

Here's the scenario,

A hot naked woman is spreading her legs in front of you but she's happen to have her hair done.

10 out of 10 will not notice the hair.

Point is Ken, when you make boobs like those, nobody's going to notice her eyes.

Nemo882508d ago

OMG I couldnt beleive the headline so had to read this... seriously, how fricking stupid is this story?
There are men complaining about getting a boner off girl with cleavage in a video game?? Because it will distract them?? And the producer is interviewed and now having to defend it? To men??? By the way those are NOT huge or only achievable by surgery. That is just ridiculous and shows inexperience! looooooool!!!

SilentNegotiator2508d ago

Well, it's not like Ken Levine, the Irrational Games boss, has any power over......wait a frickin' minute...

bozebo2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

"instead of this incredible game "
What makes it incredible? It isn't out yet.

It could easily be trash, probably not, but it could. Don't instantly put faith into a game just because the previous titles were good (BS2 not so much...) or they will stop putting effort in and release trash that they know people will buy, it happens all the time and it has happened to other series.

Anyway, on topic. Boobs... so what? It's a game. It doesn't matter either way. I like the cartoony approach they have taken with her character in general.

sikbeta2508d ago

lol dudes, arguing about breast sizes for real? who the hell cares...

upallnightgamer2507d ago

While I do like the way she looks, cleavage bared and all, shouldn't we be focusing on how she can manipulate the space-time continuum to her will?

Saladfax2507d ago

From the comments above, it doesn't seem like people understand the issue.

It's not that breasts are at all unpleasant. I'd argue that many people in the world actually find them *very* pleasant.

However, if the purpose of making big, cleavagey breasts doesn't serve characterization or aesthetics, then all it does is pander. Why do you think there are so few decently-developed female characters in gaming?

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MariaHelFutura2508d ago

If you build it, they will come.

Take that how you want.

perfectCarbonara2508d ago

OMG I feel terrible I hit the disagree button by accident. Just so you know I meant to hit agree. That was funny.

chazjamie2508d ago

its weird i only noticed her boobs until now. i guess there was no reason to be sad kev. but thanks for reminding me kev (about the boobs)

Solid_Snake372508d ago

Can't please em all, right

Euthanasia782508d ago

You can't please all the people all the time. If He is so anti boob, He shouldn't of made such lucious digital titties. Just sayin.

Flavor2507d ago (Edited 2507d ago )

Levine is just spouting some plastic chivalry right there. That character design was carefully crafted and approved because it hits right to the core audience - socially isolated/inadequate males. What better fetish than a doe eyed tezuka-meets-hefner waif to cry over them, and to need them?

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Play2Win2508d ago

there can't be enough boobs

Redempteur2508d ago

Ok ok i'll look at her ass next time...

MsclMexican2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

Well of course he is upset..

He is trying to make an emotional game, and he wants people to care about Elizabeth because of the character she is.... not because of her boobs.

I mean, they are not trying to make Lara Croft, a character who only became famous due to sex appeal.

Ken Levine wants to make an emotional game, and the fact that people are only interested in the game because of Elizabeth's boobs makes him sad.

For all that effort he put into the story and world are being overlooked by a pair of digitally made tits.

Im getting this game because I love Bioshock and I really love the story and this world Ken and the rest of Irrational has created. Elizabeth being very attractive is just a bonus


The reason is because in 1943 that was the style of dresses that "the wealthy" women wore. By showing excessive clevage, it indicated your status to the rest of the people around you. I dont recall what it is called but that is why she shows clevage

Irrational though that gamers were mature enough.... but they forgot how every soccer mom has bought her kid an xbox 360...

JBaby3432508d ago

Maybe the cleavage shouldn't have been made so obvious then. If you put something out there you can't get upset when people notice.

AKS2508d ago

She has unusually large breasts for her tiny frame. I think her waist is about the size of my wrist, yet she has fairly substantial curves. If you make any character with such unusual proportions, the audience tends to notice, especially males. It seems to be a basic common sense issue to me. You wouldn't get nearly as much attention focused on her body if they had given her more realistic proportions. It's the fact that her breasts are enormous for her frame, not the outfit. If she had normal sized breasts proportional to her frame in the same outfit, no one would make big deal out of it.

I certainly have no problem whatsoever with a curvy figure, but their design of Elizabeth looks so top heavy and disproportionate that she might tip over if a breeze hit her.

JBaby3432508d ago

Maybe I'm used to seeing women with curvy figures (I love them) but she does not look that disproportionate to me. As I stated above she is wearing a corset which causes her boobs to "pop" a more than normal clothes would but otherwise she looks like about a C-cup which is not strange even for a small frame.

AKS2508d ago

Elizabeth's bust to waist to hips ratios are fairly similar to those of Jennifer Love Hewitt's.



As much as I would like a build such as Love Hewitt's to be common or typical, it just isn't, and I can assure you every guy in the room notices her figure everywhere she goes. Not the design choice you want to go with if you don't want people to notice her figure.

Human Analog2508d ago

@ AKS. Jennifer Love Is one of my favorites. Good eye for detail. I'll tell you what. It is about the whole package for me. When she put his hands around her neck and was crying, I felt the emotion. Boob or no boobs. With good writing (Ken will deliver), she will be an awesome character.

AKS2508d ago

@Human Analog

I am not saying she won't be a great character. I'm just saying that Levine shouldn't be surprised or upset that Elizabeth's figure is noticed by so many considering the look they gave her. She might still be an awesome character in a great game. I hope that's how it turns out.

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Persistantthug2508d ago

I'm just here for the breasts. :)

finbars752508d ago

who care if hes saddened why the hell would you push your game until the summer thats bigger news to me.god dam you ken levine

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AlienLion2508d ago

He's missing the point. Everyone knows that if a woman has big nukes, she is obviously a very good person and what happens to her is important.

WetN00dle692508d ago

They look great from where im standing!

Baka-akaB2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

why the hell are you guys debating if it's natural or not ?

Her face isnt even natural nor is anyone's . It's a game with a distinct somewhat cartoony design , not some attempt at realism

Andronix2508d ago

Ken is 'saddened' by the discussion of the big breast HE put in the game! Ha ha! If he doesn't think it's relevant he could always change them for smaller ones. But he doesn't, why do you think that is?

clearelite2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

If anything, to me her beautiful breasts just add more beauty to an already beautiful game. Strangely enough, her beautiful breasts happen to match her amazing personality. Win, win....

snipes1012508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

People are totally missing the damn point here. What he's annoyed about is not the fact that she has big breasts. It's that, instead of focusing on the enormity of a new Bioshock title and discussing the plethora of preview info out there, people are talking about the damn boobs.

Really guys? Really? You talk like boobs aren't a big deal. Great, they aren't. You contradict yourselves, however, when you fail to realize that the discussion boards are lit up with threads about her tits. If you ask me, that is people making a big deal about boobs. Those people not being Ken Levine, but the gamers (who, here, are giving him shit for making a deal out of the boobs).

Long story short, this scenario is similar to people going to see Michelangelo's Statue of David and then focusing all their attention on size of the dude's the schlong. I.e. -> they are missing the bigger picture.

ItsMeAgain2508d ago

I was gonna say the same that you just did. This just proves that people don't even read the articles and just go ahead and make bold statements just to get votes on "Agree". I would be disappointed too. Why? Because I would like the whole game that I am developing to be discussed, not just one character that is part of it who has very sexy and nice boobs...

ninjahunter2508d ago

Boob problem? Thats like saying being too awesome is a problem.

Undeadwolfy2508d ago

Well thats a breast of fresh air...

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EditorAtGNG2508d ago

Sex sells. There are millions of reasons why this should not be the case in games but, yeah... unfortunately, it is.

theonlylolking2508d ago

Well boobs aint sexual parts of the body. They are used for keeping a baby or young child healthy with good nutrients from the milk. In the USA boobs have become so sexualized that many women are to ashamed to breast feed their own baby!

DragonKnight2508d ago

I'm sorry but you're wrong. Breasts are a point of sexual arousal on the female body and contribute to the pleasure they feel in their entire body during intimacy. It's not true for all women, but it is for most when handled properly. I've even heard that a woman can climax with just having her breasts being the focus of all intimate action. It's true that their primary function is to breast feed, but it's not true that they aren't a sexual part of the body.

MariaHelFutura2508d ago

Actually, a lot of the world if you walked in on a women naked, they would cover their belly button. Plus, womens necks are also a point of arousal and it's not considered a sexual part. Touching in general really.

Hyperbomb692508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

Dragonknight knows his titties.
dont mess with this man.

Human Analog2508d ago

@ theonlylolking.....
Mens genitalia are used more for urinating than sexual intercourse. But they too are a sexual organ. So your devils advocated argument is stupid. EVERYBODY knows that breasts are arousing.

ziggurcat2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

"Well boobs aint sexual parts of the body."

*snort* you know, you might as well just come out and say you've never kissed a girl already... i mean... no offense, but that was one of the most naive statements i've ever read.

sikbeta2508d ago

The complete woman figure is sexualized, not just the breast... and I'm OK with that :D

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Pozzle2508d ago

Does it though? The original two Bioshock games had no sex appeal at all. They were just really, really good games...and that's what made them sell. Their quality, not their sex appeal.

I think it's silly to say a Bioshock needs to rely on sex to sell. People aren't buying the game to stare at Elizabeth's boobs. They're buying it because it looks like a great game.

gamingdroid2508d ago

No, but the more attractive looking models make it more appealing. I personally prefer more appealing.

soundslike2508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

saving face much?

honestly, hes naive to expect any different. And hes probably not naive, so I'm guessing hes trying to appear noble to the wifey

"yea like I totally care about your character development baby."

DarkBlade46582508d ago (Edited 2508d ago )

Was I the only one who had a rough time reading that article?

It's hard to connect with the character in any other way at the moment since all we really have are screenshots and videos. I'm sure once the game is out, people will be connecting with her the way Ken intended.