If you were to take David Lynch
, Quentin Tarantino
and a Luchador
(latter runs on It Makes Sense in Context
) and lock them in a room surrounded by Sci-Fi movies, anime and Andy Warhol
paintings, you'd get something quite close to the inside of Goichi Suda's mind.
Goichi Suda, or Suda 51 as he's better known, is one of the most Mind Screwing
game designers out there. He's the head of Grasshopper Manufacture and is known for making games which create a unique, if slightly/extremely unsettling, experience. He frequently collaborates with music composers Masafumi Takada
and Akira Yamaoka
include assassins, hotels, Mexican wrestling and random pop culture references.Games created by Suda 51 include:Licensed games developed by Grasshopper Manufacture include:
On a side note, his alias comes from his name: "Goichi" is composed of the Japanese numbers for five ("go") and one ("ichi").
Frequently used tropes are:
- Arc Number: The number "51" appears in just about every game Suda has a hand in making.
- Auteur License: After Killer7, he's been given the power to do whatever he wants.
- Author Appeal: Luchadores. He even occasionally asks for fans to do wrestling moves on certain people.
- References to British punk bands. Chief among them being The Smiths and Joy Division, and the title "No More Heroes" is almost certainly a reference to the song and/or album by The Stranglers.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall
- Black and Gray Morality
- Deconstructor Fleet
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: A common theme in his games is that they examine the differing values between Japan and the West/U.S.
- Establishing Character Moment: The first game he directed, Super Fire Pro Wrestling Special's Sudden Downer Ending, with the main character being Driven to Suicide after realizing that he was wrestling to fight off depression. Quite the way to make a name for yourself.
- Gainax Ending
- Masked Luchador
- Mind Screw: His penchant for unsettling gamers with plot twists, shoving in vignettes note or Non Sequiturs, and throwing in random plot threads (such as political commentary) create quite a... unique experience.
- One, Two, Three, Four, Go!
- Rule of Cool
- Rule of Symbolism / World of Symbolism
- The Stinger
- This Loser Is You
- The Unfought: There's usually at least one fakeout boss battle per game.
- Widget Series
- You Bastard