Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games Controversy?

October 9, 2008 -

When it comes to the crime game genre, it must be difficult to compete with the Grand Theft Auto series.

Perhaps that explains the inclusion of streaking in the upcoming Saints Row 2. Edge Online put the question to Craig Mitchell, media relations guy for publisher THQ:

In terms of backlash from the game's content, we are not too concerned. THQ and [Saints Row developer] Volition have worked within the guidelines of the ESRB and the international ratings boards and the game has been rated appropriately...

In addition, Saints Row 2 has a very over-the-top tone and the activities like streaking play into that.  In streaking, the character's front is blurred out, plus, all the characters were made 'asexual' so even a possible mod/hack would not reveal anything.

In-game streaking earns respect points for the player's character.


Comments

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

I don't see what the problem would be with uncensored nudity when you streak in the game, infact I can't think of anyone I know that would. The game is M ffs.

The people who flip out over stuff like that all non gamers. Who would buy a game for their kids with "Nudity" in the rating

Nudity does not equal sex, why is everyone so squemish? Oh well, some day games will be treated like films in regards to acceptable content.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

... If this was going to be an issue, why didn't people raise a fit over Metal Gear Solid 2? You spend a notable portion of the game sneaking around buck-naked with at least ONE hand over the goods while Campbell is going nuts.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

WTF is so wrong with pixelated nipples? Hope Volition don't chicken out again in the inevitable sequel.

-- teh moominz --

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

This will generate little, if any attention simply because it isn't from R*

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Of course it will, think BMX XXX or something along those lines.  I think SR2 will do enough business that it will catch some douche news reporter's attention and then all the problems will come out.  The only benefit is the fact that the guys are as anatomically correct as a Ken doll, so there is no real worry about quick hack nudity. 

 

Foaming at the mouth

Foaming at the mouth

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

"In addition, Saints Row 2 has a very over-the-top tone and the activities like streaking play into that.  In streaking, the character's front is blurred out, plus, all the characters were made 'asexual' so even a possible mod/hack would not reveal anything."

But when a modder changes their game won't the be held fully responsible and have to pay huge fines, or have they already payed off the right people?

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

If a modder adds things into the game then it doesn't affect the rating. Hot coffee gave San Andreas a re-rating because the video segments were all ready programmed into the game, allbeit disabled.

----------------------------------------------------

God created alcohol so that the Scottish and the Irish could never take over the world. -Chris 'Jedi' Knight

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

No more so than Nintendo gets in trouble for bad "naked mario" hacks.

---
The Mammon Industry

---
Fangamer

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

The media doesn't give a damn about minor things like the character models lacking sexual organs or the fact that it's really just some low-brow humor.  All they care about is selling papers/getting ratings/site hits by plastering a headline that'll read something like this:

"Video game allows children to gain points by streaking"

Hope THQ has all battlestations ready for the inevitable sh*t-storm.

 

Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

"The media doesn't give a damn about minor things like the character models lacking sexual organs or the fact that it's really just some low-brow humor.  All they care about is selling papers/getting ratings/site hits by plastering a headline that'll read something like this:

"Video game allows children to gain points by streaking"

Hope THQ has all battlestations ready for the inevitable sh*t-storm."

This, and you can all damn well expect it to happen.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

I don't know we've forecasted so many shit storms that didn't happen. I think it's easy for the mass media to overlook this game.

----------------------------------------------------

God created alcohol so that the Scottish and the Irish could never take over the world. -Chris 'Jedi' Knight

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

I think it might also play into what's going on around the area of first broadcast? I mean, take the economy and election coming up, I think they might well ignore it. But if it was a slow news day, they'd be much more likely to bring it up, probably of some idiot parents ups the attention first.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Yeah, I think with the state of the country, it might get ignored, but sure enough, if its slow, and some stupid parent notices it, you better believe it will be brought up.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

This game is going to be so fun. :) I'm going to be an old horribly obease woman who streaks. :P 

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Be sure to give her the equivalent of the Barry White voice, or maybe the british voice.

 

Foaming at the mouth

Foaming at the mouth

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

>.>;;;  Only Hillary Clinton (and of course, a certain soon to be disbarred lawyer) would bring something about this up, especally since 1: They're blurred and 2: making the characters asexual incase some hacker did hack the game (not the fault of the devlopers), was a wuss move.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

That isn't a wuss move, that's the only way to avoid controversy like the Hot Coffee scandal created. Modders can easily find a way to remove the blur, (if you don't believe me, google sims nudity cheat.) If modders really want to see very unrealistic looking pixelated nudity, they'll add in custom models. 

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Its a wuss move.  Hell, there isn't even any sex involved, just nudity, but heaven forbid, we must think of the idiots...I mean children, even when the children arn't supposed to be playing games of this sort to begin with.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Yeah but idiots oh I'm sorry, I mean the moral majority types, and certain politicians will assume that this game full of gangs, blood and over the top violence is for children and will be surprised when there's sexual stuff in it. Better make the nudity the equivalent of a barbie doll then.

----------------------------------------------------

God created alcohol so that the Scottish and the Irish could never take over the world. -Chris 'Jedi' Knight

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Sadly, thats pretty much true.  Gah, I hate politicans, censors and their ilk.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Um... Sorry to ask and pardon my French, but what does "streaking" mean ?

Thanks in advance.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Running in public without any clothes on, common at sports stadiums and college campuses. Put football streaker into youtube and your bound to find hundres of examples

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

basically streaking is the act of running around in public naked

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

I wasn't aware that "sex-in-games" was in danger and needed reviving?

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

1 word, sims.

I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com/
(in need of a bad overhaul)


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

---

http://zippydsm.deviantart.com/

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Streaking EARNS you respect now?

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

depends on your "equipment" =p lol

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Did that chick just decapitate someone with her bare hands?

----------------------------------------------------

God created alcohol so that the Scottish and the Irish could never take over the world. -Chris 'Jedi' Knight

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

THQ and [Saints Row developer] Volition have worked within the guidelines of the ESRB and the international ratings boards and the game has been rated appropriately...

I wonder if this is going to cause another 200+ comments

all the characters were made 'asexual' so even a possible mod/hack would not reveal anything.

Now that really is getting defensive

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Oh come on you and I both know that if they didn't make them asexual under the clothing it could be hot coffee all over again (unless of course they show the ESRB the uncensored models.

----------------------------------------------------

 God created alcohol so that the Scottish and the Irish could never take over the world. -Chris 'Jedi' Knight

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Oh I know why they did it, I was referring to his comment being defensive. I just meant that he seemed to be going into a lot of detail about how they are trying to avoid controversy, not that they shouldn't have done it.

Re: Will Streaking in Saints Row 2 Revive Sex-in-Games

Probably should say "Imagine a life sized Ken or Barbie doll running down the street naked."  That should be enough to do it.

 

Foaming at the mouth

Foaming at the mouth
 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Will the FCC preempt state laws that limit municipal broadband services?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
PHX CorpI'm going to do a test stream later today, if anyone is intrested07/31/2014 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenYes, I'm such a big Nintendo dork that I read Nintendo's quarterly financial reports.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenCool tidbit - Mario Kart 8 sales account for more than half of total Wii U software sales for the last quarter even though it was only available for the last third.07/31/2014 - 2:09pm
Andrew EisenStill a pretty cool promotion. Unfortunately for me, I'm not interested in purchasing Mario Kart 8 and I already owned or didn't want any of the free games on offer.07/31/2014 - 1:43pm
Andrew EisenInteresting that EU had 10 games to choose from while North America only had four.07/31/2014 - 1:41pm
MaskedPixelanteIt certainly worked, I probably would never have bought Mario Kart 8 if it didn't come with a free copy of Wind Waker HD.07/31/2014 - 1:14pm
Andrew EisenI imagine will see similar promotions like "Buy Mario Kart 8 get a download code for one of these specific games" but almost certainly not for all of its (however you would define) biggest releases.07/31/2014 - 11:24am
MaskedPixelanteI wonder if Nintendo is going to be doing "buy one get one free" promos for all their biggest releases going forward.07/31/2014 - 10:48am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/special-report-retail-revolt-over-pc-code-strippers/013614007/31/2014 - 8:27am
ZippyDSMleeWouldn't they be able to afford and get done in a timely manner a general gba emluator for the 3DS? It seems to me if they want to make money off sales they need to do it.07/31/2014 - 7:25am
Sora-ChanAmbassador program, that's what I was looking for. Anyway the other games that have been made no longer exclusive to the early adopters got updates in their software. It'll only be a matter of time more than likely for the GBA to get the same treatment.07/31/2014 - 5:35am
Sora-ChanI might be naming it incorrectly when I say "founder" i mean the program for earlier adopters.07/31/2014 - 5:34am
Sora-Chanthe 3DS's GBA emulator was a rush job due to the founder program. No other GBA titles have been released on the 3DS yet. If/When they do get around to it, they'll more than likely update the emulation software.07/31/2014 - 5:32am
Zenemulator...it's not just a slap job that makes "some" work..they do it for each which is why they work so well. I would rather have the quality over just a slap job.07/30/2014 - 5:48pm
ZenMatthew there is a difference between "worked" and "accurate". You play the Nintendo VC titles they play as damn close to the original as possible. The PSP would just run them as best they could, issues and all. And Masked...EACH VC title has their own07/30/2014 - 5:48pm
MaskedPixelanteOnce again, the 3DS already HAS a GBA emulator, it just can't run at the same time as the 3DS OS.07/30/2014 - 4:54pm
Matthew Wilsonyou cant street pass in ds mode ether, and if moders can make a gba emulator that runs very well on the psp as I understand it. you are telling me that Nintendo devs are not as good as moders?07/30/2014 - 4:49pm
Zenperformance. Halo 1 and 2 worked great because they actually did custom work on each of them...just like Nintendo does now lol07/30/2014 - 4:08pm
Zenexisting hardware while the GBA has to be emulated completely. Same reason the 360 couldn't run most Original Xbox games correctly, or had issues because they just did "blanket approach" for their emulation which led to game killing bugs or horrible07/30/2014 - 4:07pm
ZenSora/Matthew: It's not just Miiverse, but the whole idea of streetpass and things like that would be affected if the OS is not running. And just because a 3DS game can be downloaded and run does not mean that GBA can as easily. Those 3DS games use the07/30/2014 - 4:06pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician