In honor of last weeks theatrical release of DOA: Dead or Alive. I'd like to address a topic that has had a lot of people up in arms since the release of the first DOA game, the ladies.
First of all, I'm going to openly admit, right here, right now, I am a fan of the DOA series. Yes, it is the button-mashiest of all the current fighting games around, but it does have some really good fighting mechanics without the super complex combos of your Tekkens or Virtua Fighters. In fact, DOA4 has been accepted as a standard in a handful of professional gaming leagues, and there are some truly amazing players out there. That alone should give it enough cred to not be brushed off as a "bad" fighting game.
Okay, now that that's out there, I'd like to move to the subject at hand: namely asumi, Ayane, Christie, Hitomi, Helena, Tina, and Lie Fang. First off, any of these ladies could kick your ass. Secondly, growing up playing Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, I feel that these ladies are a natural evolution of the women in fighting games. Chun-Li and Sonya were bad ass and out for vengeance, just like most of the DOA ladies. It's not their fault Itagaki happens to wrap their fighting skills in borderline softcore porn. They are "M" rated games, and should be played by the appropriate audience. If you are of age, enjoying one of these games is the equivalent of enjoying any cinematic guilty pleasure, like Cheerleader Massacre or Showgirls. All I'm saying is that there's nothing wrong with playing a gaming where pretty ladies beat people up.
But making a movie about pretty ladies beating people up... well, that's a different story...