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 GTA...it'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