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Obsidian: Sex In Alpha Protocol Is "Satisfying And Tasteful"

The sex scenes on tap for Alpha Protocol have been receiving all sorts of attention...even months before the game is slated to launch.

Many have been asking if there will be full nudity, and whether or not the sex will be controllable; i.e., if it'll actually be part of the gameplay. Well, according to VideoGamer, developer Obsidian has clarified a few points on the matter: firstly, the sex scenes will be both "satisfying" and "tasteful," and no, you will have no control over characters when they're amorously involved. In other words, this won't be like God of War, where the correct pressing of buttons would yield a heavy orgasmic result. In this case, Bioware is usually the designer that takes flak for racy content; 2007's Mass Effect featured full frontal nudity, sex with aliens, and more controversial stuff, but you won't be able to see all of that in Alpha Protocol. Said programming producer Nathan Davis:

"No, it’s tasteful. We do some things with our cinematics, too. It isn’t just like a hand up on a thing! We cut around it a little bit. It’s an American game! What can I say? There are limits to what we can do there. I’ve seen a few of the cinematics for those and it ends up being satisfying without being...you know...over...you know?"

Er...okay. In response to whether or not we'd have those aforementioned GoW sex scenes, David just replied, "No, no, no!" However, this won't stop you from striking up romances with several of the female NPCs in the game, and such couplings will have a direct impact on the storyline progression. In other words, if you choose to sleep with this one instead of that one, you might get a different ending. Decisions, decisions...

Related Game(s): Alpha Protocol

7/23/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (38 posts)

Alienange
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 10:00:51 PM
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A different ending depending on who you sleep with? Just like real life.

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Jalex
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 10:02:33 PM
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As long as it's relevant, you'll hear no complaints from me. I actually wish more games would tackle the romantic aspect of things.

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Kangasfwa
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 10:03:09 PM
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"In other words, if you choose to sleep with this one instead of that one, you might get a different ending. Decisions, decisions..."

Where have we read that before?

Last edited by Kangasfwa on 7/23/2009 10:03:50 PM

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Scarecrow
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 10:05:40 PM
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Movies do it all the time (is there a pun in there?...)

Anyway don't wanna watch teh hot scenes? Don't buy the game!!!

Parents need to stop being wussies

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Jalex
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 10:16:40 PM
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Wait a minute. I just reread the article, and:
''Mass Effect' featured full frontal nudity...' When did this happen? I don't recall any nudity except for a quick glimpse of rump during the sole sex scene. And it only says 'Partial Nudity' on the case.

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Arvis
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 11:45:44 AM

Yes, I had the same question...

-Arvis

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oldmike
Saturday, July 25, 2009 @ 1:41:38 AM

ya its one of my fave RPGs and the only thing they show is a bit of ass is there a XXX copy i dont know about?

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Milonakis
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 10:25:50 PM
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I wonder if you have to pay child support.

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Morals
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 10:33:19 PM

lol

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Jalex
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 10:33:49 PM

That would certainly add to the realism :)

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Morals
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 10:34:40 PM
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Now I just hope the gameplay is good.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 10:56:08 PM
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I liked the sex *massage* game in FFX-2, that was neato. Better performance=better orgasm noises from the chick. Just like in real life ;)

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Scarecrow
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 11:32:53 PM

Haha I'd be lying if I said I didn't like that mini-game :D

Yuna seemed so into it too, makes you wonder *smile*

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Banky A
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 11:50:50 PM

Yeah it was cool.

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Arvis
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 11:49:25 AM

I always felt SO AWKWARD whenever I got to that part of the game...

-Arvis

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Alienange
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 8:19:33 PM

Damn. I knew I should have played that game.

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AceTatsujin
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 11:53:21 PM
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Ben! Fate/Unlimited Codes dated for September of this year for PSN only. Update it man! Get the information. Fate/Stay Night is one of the best anime series and visual novels! >_<

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coldbore
Thursday, July 23, 2009 @ 11:53:58 PM
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so it sounds like it's not going to even show anything, the sad thing is is that a lot of parents find nudity the worst thing if any, almost as if the kid is never going to see anything, don't get me wrong, I'm not encouraging kids to watch porn, just saying parents need to lighten up a bit... lol, let the jokes commence :P wonder how many STDs it's going to feature :P

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 12:34:31 AM
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I better see nipples.

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Jawknee
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 1:27:35 AM
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Goodness.

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BikerSaint
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 2:20:38 AM
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<<<< if you choose to sleep with this one instead of that one, you might get a different ending. Decisions, decisions...>>>>



Ohhhhh nooooo Ben,
Me thinks that the developers just might've put your Amy & Courtney saga out there, in a full fledged video game. LMAO

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Dancemachine55
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 2:57:30 AM
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What is it with you Americans?!?!?!

It's fine to watch someone being beaten to a bloody pulp on the news, but any slight nudity or sex or anything of sexual nature results in a massive uproar!!!

Why?!?!? Why is violence okay but sexual referecnes, activity, etc. not? Aren't you more concerned about games where you blow the head off something rather than games that show a naked woman?

Which is more natural and good in nature? Killing something or making love to something!?!?!

This is an outrage and I am sick of this horrific trend!!!!! Who here agrees with me?!?!?

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Vivi_Gamer
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 3:20:10 AM

I agree to a certain exstent, Most games this gen have a high level of violence, Little Big Planet is possibly one of the only games to be succesful and not feature violence. Of course i blame FPS for the rise of violence, 80% of comptempary games focus there objective on violence, when you step back and think about it, it is quite sadistic.

I also blame developers, for not making good platform games, honestly, what is there this gen Ratchet and Clank.....great, al the classic platformer legends are going down the toilet, Crash, Sonic, Mario( Not so much Mario i guess), Spyro, theres not much there really.

This is why I'm looking forward to Heavy Rain (Let me finish), Because the game is focuing more on the plot rather than kill count. We need more games like this.

As for Nudity being worse than violence. Obviously thats rediculous, but i think the reasons why its stated as that in the game industry is because at this moment, games are still viewed as a form of entertainment that will be accessed by children dominantly. 5-10 years i think it wil be very different, its clear that the gaming industry has leaped boundries over the past decade, i guess nudity is the current boundry they have to overcome.

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Jalex
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 6:10:57 AM

Don't be too original with your complaints there :)

Anyway, just so you know, violence is more in tune with human nature (at least concerning males) than peace.
You can tell by the fact that kids will get into fights on their own, but you have to teach them how to love.

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www
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 6:48:20 AM

Dancemachine55,
And who said anybody here was complaining about sex in games?

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CH1N00K
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 8:50:23 AM

"Aren't you more concerned about games where you blow the head off something rather than games that show a naked woman?"

"Blow the head off something?" Actually naw, I'm going to leave that alone, this is a family site after all...:P Anyone else got a comment they would like to put in there?

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Jawknee
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 8:53:13 AM

Oh great. America this, America that.... It's simple. Sex is a sacred act between two married people and should be treated as such or at least shown in that context if it must be shown at all. As a young child seeing some one getting hurt on the news or in a game didn't make me want to hurt anyone, however seeing a naked woman made me want to explore the subject further. It's a fact that the younger people are introduced and taught about sex the wrong way the(meaning other than "the talk" by parents)causes kids to engage in it sooner. Not so with violence. Especially cartoon violence. Promiscuity is too often glorified without showing the real life consequences. Going to the forum.

@Jalex. I couldn't have said it better. Mans nature is flawed and he perverts everything he touches. Especially sexual matters.

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vicious54
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 9:10:48 AM

@dancemachine

"Which is more natural and good in nature? Killing something or making love to something!?!?!"

Not sure where you are from but here in America it's make love to someone not something.

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Dancemachine55
Saturday, July 25, 2009 @ 2:06:43 AM

Actually, those are some pretty good arguments.

True, violence is a natural part of survival, whether it be in war, self-protection, etc.
I guess I was just venting my frustration at how violence is seen as normal in video games but sex or nudity remains a hot topic.

@ Jalex
Completely agree with you. Violence comes naturally but love, the opposite sex, etc. has to be taught and understood.

I guess I'm just getting tired of the whole FPS formula of racking up kill counts. This is why Heavy Rain is at the top of my list for must-have titles.

Also, I did mean "making love to someone", not "making love to something". Slight error there. I guess my full sentence should have been "Which appears more positive? Killing someone or making love to someone?" And yes, I believe there should be more of an uproar surrounding extreme violence in games rather than surrounding naked women appearing in games. But you have already made your arguments about that one, so I'll just leave it.

BTW, I apologise if I offended anyone with "you Americans", but with documentaries, films, news, etc. showing great amounts of non-war related violence in USA, it just appears to those around the world (particularly here is Oz) that USA is a highly trigger happy nation and this is a rather negative image.

Maybe I'm just thinking of the deep south states. LOL

And please don't have a go at me for being anti-American or anything. Like in Futurama, I'm a whale biologist, I calls 'em as I sees 'em.

Last edited by Dancemachine55 on 7/25/2009 2:12:27 AM

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CH1N00K
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 8:52:08 AM
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What if you're like James Bond and instead of sleeping with one beautiful woman or the other, you just decide to have both? Wonder what the outcome is then?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 1:01:03 PM

they find out about each other and you lose your caulk.

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Alienange
Friday, July 24, 2009 @ 8:26:42 PM

If you sleep with both, one mysteriously ends up dead.

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maxpontiac
Saturday, July 25, 2009 @ 12:14:13 PM
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How can video game sex be classified as "satisfying"?

LOL

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shaydey77
Saturday, July 25, 2009 @ 8:03:51 PM
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sex is a part of life...deal with it

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Jalex
Saturday, July 25, 2009 @ 9:41:48 PM

I must say, that's an extremely weak argument, since the same one could be made for any number of inhumane and depraved acts.
Don't copy and paste.

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shaydey77
Sunday, July 26, 2009 @ 9:09:23 AM
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its not a weak arguement at all actually. a large number of inhumane and depraved acts are already on games so why not sex?

fighting,murder,shooting,cutting things open with chainsaws.

Also...sex isnt inhumane. The way sex is sometimes portrayed however can be.

So your own arguement is the weak one.

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Arkhon
Sunday, July 26, 2009 @ 9:30:58 PM
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There is no full frontal nudity in Mass Effect. I've spent over a hundred hours playing it and haven't seen any.

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shaydey77
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 1:11:29 PM
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wat about the strip club at the citadel?

I cant remember exactly but that could be qhat they mean possibly.

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