I have always wondered what the big deal is with nudity in gaming. I have 3 young children and I think it’s just silly to be watching nude avatars. I have to screen what my kids play. It is quite sad when they have to miss out on a great game, with a great story, because of nudity and excessive cursing. I’m not even talking about a curse word here and there, it’s one every three lines or so. That’s a whole discussion in its own, however it’s great to see that Ken Levine shares my thoughts on nudity in games. If the companies show the characters kissing and then turning out the lights, I think we can all get the idea of what comes next, without having to show everything. Plus, they’re not even real people. Ken Levine, creator of BioShock explains them as “puppets with their clothes off,” in a recent phone interview with VG247.
“I think it’s not about being interactive. I think it’s more about people not understanding what it is. If you think about the amount of, for example, nudity in a videogame… it’s not even nudity. It’s a puppet with its clothes off. There are other problems as well. It’s kind of silly in video games right now, because – again – puppets with their clothes off.”
“It’s more like [the movie] Team America. The sex scene in Team America as opposed to, you know, the sex scene in Black Swan,” he added.
So why the controversy? Is it the nudity? Is it the age groups? Why not make a game that all can enjoy equally? Is this becoming too hard for companies that they have to throw nude “puppets” into a game?
Levine said, “The fact that’s even controversial says that the perception of the industry is that we’re making toys or something, as opposed to making creative expressions for a range of audiences – including adults. I think there’s still some prudishness.”
What about cursing in a game? Levine feels that if he needs to use the F-bomb to express himself, he will do so.
Levine concluded, “There’s even some prudishness in the industry itself. I did an interview recently and someone pointed out, ‘Ken, you use a lot of foul language.’ And I was like, ‘Jesus, come on. We’re all big boys and girls here.’ If I’m going to drop an F-bomb, I’m going to drop an F-bomb. I’m a big boy and I get to do that. It’s one of the privileges of being an adult.”
Why does the song “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart pop into mind? What are your opinions on nudity in games? Yea or Nay?
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