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

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.

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    Override367 says:

    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.

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    Kajex says:

    … 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.

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    Father Time says:

    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.

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    Rabidkeebler says:

    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

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    strathmeyer says:

    "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?

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    Ashkihyena says:

    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.

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    Nekowolf says:

    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.

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    Father Time says:

    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.

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    Rabidkeebler says:

    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

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    Nocturne says:

    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.

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    Father Time says:

    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.

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    Ashkihyena says:

    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.

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    Ashkihyena says:

    "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.

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    Geoff says:

    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!

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    Paper-Cut says:

    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. 

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    Ashkihyena says:

    >.>;;;  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.

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    Nocturne says:

    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

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    Father Time says:

    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.

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    Nocturne says:

    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

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    Father Time says:

    Did that chick just decapitate someone with her bare hands?

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