Death Stranding: The Director’s Cut Condemns the Original’s Headass View on Asexuality
Death Stranding – Director’s Cut will be coming to PlayStation 5 tomorrow. It brings a substantial update to the original PlayStation 4 or PC game. The updated Kojima Productions delivery simulator will include new content and modes. However, there will be some reflections on the description of asexuality in the updated Kojima Productions game. This was criticised when it launched in 2019.
The original game was a codex entry that described a “sexual world.” It said that asexuality refers to a “resistance towards intimacy and physical contact” and that asexuality does not mean that you are unable to feel desire or attraction. California describes his attraction to other people as being tied to “personality,” style, conversation, appearance, and attitude. But Death Stranding’s original description made it seem like asexuals were simply unwilling to have sex with others.
Two years later, death Stranding: Director’s Cut made an amendment to that same codex entry. It at least shows some reflection by everyone involved. CNET Editor Alessandro Fillari posted screenshots of the updated world-building to Twitter . It now states that the entry has been flagged as being subject to archival review because it “advances controversial thesis widely considered unsubstantiated, discriminatory.”
Games with more queerness:
- Intimate Spa: The State of Queerness at Mass Effect
- Pride Flags in Video Games aren’t enough to show queer history
- The Last of Us Part II – How Queer Spaces are Not a Monolith
Video games have not been able to address topics such as asexuality. This is mainly because there is very little representation of the subject in mainstream video games. Death Stranding may not be the game that will spark many of these conversations, but it is at least acknowledging that it made mistakes in its design.