The Dead or Alive community aims to ban over 120 overly-sexualized costumes in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • February 28, 2015 at 5:52 p.m. PST

The latest iteration of Dead or Alive has been out for a few weeks now, and the overall reception seems to be rather positive.


As with the introduction of any new title, we expect to see a surge in tournament frequency and attendance. With the coming flux of attention, the community has decided to put a soft ban on no less than 129 costumes that have been deemed too revealing for general audiences.

The Dead or Alive franchise has been known for its highly-sexualized portrayal of women in clothing that leaves little to the imagination.

Acknowledging that some of the game's content may be unsuitable for the more professional atmosphere they'd like to promote at tournaments, some members of the community have come together to regulate what is acceptable and what is not. Below is a quote from Free Step Dodge, DOA's go-to forum site.

"This is a movement that was discussed by several members of the community to try and help turn around the image that has plagued the franchise. DOA has always been known for its over-sexualized females and just that alone has pushed people away from even trying the game. Sex Appeal in the DOA franchise will never go away but we, the community, want people to take it seriously and started the costume ban at offline tournaments to force people to focus more on the game play aspect of the game. This is a soft ban and is at the discretion of the tournament organizer (TO) running the game at the event. However we HIGHLY encourage people to not use the suggested costumes on stream for something like Top 8."

Hit the jump to see what costumes are banned and hear what one Free Step Dodge administrative representative has to say on the subject.

'The HuBBs,' one of Free Step Dodge's administrators and an active member in the community, has posted a general, recommended list of tournament rules.

We reached out to The HuBBs, asking to what extent these rules will likely be enforced. His response:

"The rules posted in the tournament section are just a suggested guideline that can be applied by any TO. The idea was discussed by several members at a recent event and it was proposed that we soft ban the over-sexualized costumes for mainly streams to try and negate most of the negative criticisms of the game to get people interested in the actual game play itself."

A tip of the hat to the DOA community for making a conscious effort to keep things respectful and classy. It is something of a subjective issue which could be argued in either direction, but it is good to see they are aware of potential negativity in their game and are willing to do something about it.

Source: FreeStepDodge.

Thanks to nightmaresteam for the tip!

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