Kombo.com writes: Ueda and his team thought it was more realistic that a boy would have the "grip strength" to climb around in the game world. In addition to that, if they made the main character a boy, they wouldn't have to worry about the inevitable up-skirt camera shots that would result from a female character climbing a wall.
What? I know that there is a cultural gap between Japan and the west, but this just seems archaic. Japanese developers have received heat in the past for their portrayal of blacks in Resident Evil 5. In that case the defense was that there aren't many black people in Japan, and so they can't really be expected to be sensitive to that issue.
Well, are there no women in Japan? Or are there only sex objects with female characteristics?