School idol festival transforms into topless dance-off due to game glitch.
December 6 was already going to be an exciting day for Love Live! fans. After all, it was launch day for the idol singer schoolgirl franchise’s newest video game installment, an arcade-exclusive featuring charters from both the original Love Live! anime and the Love Live! Sunshine!! sequel series.
But when the game actually hit arcades, it turned out to be far more stimulating that even the most die-hard Love Livers had expected.
はじめ (@hajime98840098) December 06, 2018
Like just about all games in the modern era, the game uses polygonal graphics for its characters, with their clothing modeled separately. This allows their costumes to realistically sway and spin as the idols dance, and also allows for them to change into different costumes without completely redoing the visuals. Unfortunately, due to a glitch that many players experienced, the models for the characters themselves loaded properly, but their clothing didn’t.
まって今アケフェスやばい😶 #スクフェスAC https://t.co/kKDisXIRJF
PoH🐬Я (@yuuki07311021) December 06, 2018
So while Love Live! School Idol Festival ～after school ACTIVITY～ Next Stage has the extravagantly long name, perky idol anthems, and coordinated dance numbers fans expect, it also has something none of them saw coming: an unintentional nude mode.
紅 白 出 場 停 止 不 可 避 #スクフェスAC https://t.co/3EQGxYA6pW
🌚🌞 (@manGa24wnE) December 06, 2018
え？www ちょっと待ってwww バグって全裸になったんだけどwww www www www https://t.co/itT4ADdg1i
🍊どもるん🍊 (@dorurin2) December 06, 2018
Believe it or not, things could have been even more awkward. The current trend for arcade rhythm games in Japan is to have players utilize a touch screen to keep time with the music. However, the Love Live! arcade game appears to have physical buttons surrounding a secondary screen for the player to press, so they didn’t have to poke and swipe over the idols’ naked bodies to achieve high scores.
ふさなが (@husanaga) December 06, 2018
That said, Japanese social media is currently full of Love Live! School Idol Festival ～after school ACTIVITY～ Next Stage videos in which the players don’t hit a single note, either because they’re using both hands to film or they’re just too distracted by the exuberant and excessive nudity.
▼ In at least one instance, an idol forgot not just her clothes, but her head too.
10人目は君だよ！ #スクフェスAC https://t.co/rmTxsLA8Ex
真勒∠@アジアツアー(中国)、5th現地 (@Z3W2U7Il7q1xcmS) December 06, 2018
Some might be asking why the characters have “nude” models at all. As mentioned above, the logic is that having separate models for a character’s body and clothing results in more realistic movement, and also allows the developer to easily institute costume changes. Seeing as how Love Live! is an idol series, the characters could conceivably be wearing anything from dresses with