Halo designer David Ellis thinks the Hideo Kojima-approved "sexy" design for the Metal Gear Sold 5 Quiet is "ridiculous," and says that the industry is full of what he calls "man babies." Earlier in the week Kojima said that he had directed designer Yoji Shinkawa to make the sniper character Quiet more "erotic" so that more people would cosplay her during the Tokyo Game Show later this month. Today during a press conference Q&A, Kojima told Polygon that he meant to say "sexy."
Ellis, who works at 343 Industries, made his comments in two separate tweets, said that he didn't care if he got in trouble for making them.
Speaking to GameSpot about his tweets later, Ellis told the publication that these things are not part of the eccentricity of the Metal Gear Solid franchise, but simply a cute cover for something else:
"Eccentricity is a cute cover word for objectification and sexism," he said.
He added that sexuality can be used for a purpose in games like in Platinum Games' action title Bayonetta, but in this particular case he considers the emphasis on it is "lazy and exploitative."
"I like breasts as much as the next guy but this felt icky," Ellis said.
You can read Ellis's original tweets below:
Don't care if this gets me in trouble. This character design is disgusting. Our industry should be better than this. http://t.co/4CCaF1qNEP— David Ellis (@DavidEllis) September 6, 2013
Industry full of man babies. Ugh.— David Ellis (@DavidEllis) September 6, 2013