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THQ Not Worried About Streaking Backlash In Saints Row 2

It's no surprise to learn there's plenty of adult-oriented content in Saints Row 2; violence, drug use, language, and yeah, some sexuality, too. But how close are THQ to stepping over the ESRB line from "M-Mature" to the dreaded "AO-Adults Only?"

According to Edge-Online, a recent video has surfaced, showing a woman streaking in the game. The screen capture is here - yeah, we keep things accessible to all ages 'round here so the good stuff is blocked out - but the question is, will the anti-gaming freaks jump all over THQ for this type of thing? Well, the publisher's aren't too worried about it; that's for sure. Said THQ media relations representative Craig Mitchell-

"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 the U.S., it is rated M for mature. 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."

Well, that's a logical explanation, but there's nothing logical about industry haters. They're not going to like the fact that the player can trigger "streaking" on the fly - press down twice on the controller's d-pad - but hey, that's part of the game. Streak by enough people, and your Respect goes up! You just have to laugh at that. For the most part, we don't imagine there will be as much GTA-like backlash, but that's just because this isn't's Saints Row 2, and not quite as headline-grabbing. Anyway, yes, streaking is here, and we find it comical. So what?

Related Game(s): Saints Row 2

10/8/2008 Ben Dutka

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008 @ 10:49:29 PM

Excellent punctuation to your article, Ben. So What?

I don't care. I can almost guarantee that this will be thrown across every TV in America and abroad, so anybody wanting to buy the game will have a pretty good idea that there can be streaking ingame. if they dont like it, they dont have to buy it.

with all the press this particular feature will be getting, it almost does the ESRB's job for it, at least in respect to the streaking. A rating and the content descriptor are for letting uninformed consumers know the basics on what they'll be getting into. Everybody who cares and numerous people who dont will know that some game called Saints Row 2 will have streaking. Suddenly, an uninformed consumer becomes just a little more informed, and the end result is similar, if not the same.

THQ could have done us all a favor and tried not to stir up the hornets nest in washington, but the deed is done. I hope ESRB doesn't break under Public Pressure and slap an AO just to get everybody to shut up. I of all people give them just a little more credit than that.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 1:14:07 AM

There is a big difference between sexual content and just plain nakedness. There is nothing here to get panties in a twist over but you are both right that it won't stop the crazy anti-gamers.

With the blured bits there is less nudity than a page 3 in a newspaper and 16 year olds can buy those.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 7:30:58 AM

I luv the fact THQ is man enough to still try n compete with Rockstar when Getaway which had potential to beat GTA gave up on there 3rd installment,cha!tsk!.
To me the game which is gonna get close to GTA or beta'em will be the next Godfather by EA

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Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 1:06:12 PM

Hard to predict what silly things the news media will grab onto, but I agree that since it doesn't carry the world-wide fame of the GTA name (hey that rhymes), this whole thing will probably not even come up outside of the internet. Then again, If I am wrong, it will probably garner more interest, ultimately raise sales (due to the interest generated, nudity is quite free elsewhere) and then Volition will get the feedback they need since they said they won't start on a part 3 unless this one does well. Time will tell.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 4:11:10 PM

nothing wrong with a bit of nakednes or sex. its a natural thing.get over it.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 5:13:32 PM


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Thursday, October 09, 2008 @ 5:58:51 PM

I just think that'll add to the hilarity of the game. GTA4 was a bit too...realistic. I'm going to enjoy the hell out of this one :) Streaking ninjas!!!

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