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Cage On Heavy Rain Content: "Nothing Is Gratuitous"

When considering questionable or racy content in any entertainment product, critics and fans usually ask the same question: "is it in there for the express purpose of titillation or does it actually add something to the game?"

It's often a very difficult question because there are those who believe a feature like nudity almost never "adds anything" to an entertainment experience...unless we're talking about adult entertainment. Even so, you mustn't think Quantic Dream set out to make a game that would grab headlines for all the wrong reasons. Despite the well-documented nudity and foul language which exists in Heavy Rain, Quantic boss David Cage insists he didn't write the story for this adventure "with tabloids or censorship in mind." In speaking to the UK edition of the Official PlayStation Magazine, he says that you don't think about censors, "because otherwise you'd never do anything." The point is, "nothing is gratuitous." Added Cage:

"The game is not shocking for the sake of being shocking. There are some impressive scenes later in the game, but there's never sex for the sake of sex or gore for the sake of gore. Nothing is gratuitous, and I think that everything supports the narrative and the emotional immersion of the player."

Although we haven't played it yet, we're more than ready to believe him. Everything we've seen and heard about Heavy Rain indicates an impressive achievement on the artistic and literal levels. There's no reason for us to believe Madison strips down for the sake of only stripping down, for instance. However, you can't convince everyone of this, which is why we get the feeling that Cage will be defending Heavy Rain until he's blue in the face.  It's unfortunate, but also true.

Related Game(s): Heavy Rain

1/25/2010 10:34:13 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (34 posts)

Feregrin
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 10:48:17 AM
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That's what I thought already, but I guess it's nice with some confirmation.

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inkme101
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 11:14:55 AM
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i love the fact that it has nudity. my wife gets mad at me because if im hung up on a movie rental i let the fact if theres nudity in the movie be my deciding factor(she thinks im such a pig). oh well.

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Hawkeye
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 11:23:31 AM

Anytime my wife and I watch a movie on tv and the disclaimer gets read out loud and doesn't state nudity I always say the same thing... "WHAT?! No nudity?" I, for some unfathomable reason, get the same response as you.. I'm a pig.

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dragonx_HD
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 12:06:49 PM
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When my girl and I are watching a movie, she always wonders where all the nudity is. LOL

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SnipeySnake
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 12:31:24 PM
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Nudity is the reason i can't get this game. I don't wanna imagine my mom walking in my room while a nudity part happens...

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Banky A
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:29:28 PM

That's not a problem at all. You can just explain to her the point of the game and that it has mature themes and a complex story.

It's not like you'll have the fap fap fap action going on when sexual things happen.

:D

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___________
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 @ 1:58:09 AM

hmmmm id be better than your mother finding your secret stash ;)

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 @ 2:56:36 AM

@Banky
It would still be awkward no matter what xD

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 12:49:43 PM
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If it suits a good storyline, I'm all for it.

(Now bring on some of those nude beach volleyball girls with those perky 44D's hitting them in the eye with every jump)
(just kidding)

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BeezleDrop
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 12:58:48 PM
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Of course it will suit the story line, as stated before Mr. Cage said the nudity is, "tasteful". So I don't really think they would throw in nudity for the sake of doing so. I have high expectations for Heavy Rain and nothing has swayed me, the only review that matters is my own when it finally releases.

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www
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 2:32:02 PM
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Yea okay, February come already!

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FullmetalX10
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 2:41:12 PM
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I will be getting this game, probably a bit later, but still. On the nudity: as long as it doesn't involve jerking the controller up and down it's fine with me.(haha get it, I made like a joke putting jerking in the sentence and the up and down thing, oh I'm hilarious)

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Richy
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 3:00:34 PM
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hello ...

one must not stop at something specific, the game is a hit & having or no nudity won't make a difference & from what've seen it adds something to the story we'll all discover soon.

to kids: this is a Mature 18Plus game, so please do not spoil everything, wait for your turn.

to parents: don't just buy a game for the kids, check out the ratings first & act responsibly.

to others: Enjoy it to the MAXxx ... ;)

cheers!

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Banky A
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 4:30:30 PM

Eye sea what you did there with MAXxx... Tehe.

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LittleBigMidget
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 5:10:29 PM
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Ha, My brothers friend asked me what Heavy Rain was, so explained it and he said "That sounds boring" But then I mentioned Nudity in the game and he said "I'm buying a PS3 for the game then."

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 6:58:28 PM

Dude needs a girlfriend.

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SnipeySnake
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 @ 2:57:09 AM

Made my day.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 5:55:48 PM
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reminds me of Jamie Lee Curtis stripping for True Lies, it was sort of necessary.

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Superman915
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 6:13:45 PM

Sort of? It was one of the greatest cinematic experiences of my preteen life.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 7:33:38 PM

I suggest you all check out the movie Sliver. Starring Sharon Stone, it's from the early 90's and has one of the greatest sex scenes EVER (IMO even better than Basic Instinct).

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tlpn99
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 6:50:55 PM
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Ah ha World but was True Lies all that nesessary in the first place lol ? Then again I seem to recall seeing it in the cinema that and Eraser lol :)

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 7:32:31 PM
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There had better be penis or I'm gonna be pissed.

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Imagi
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 7:52:10 PM
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Wonder if the God Squad are gonna jump on this?

I can only guess that the nudity is an essential part of the game, helping to stress the story, emotion and exposed fragility of the character you are playing at the time.

Their is a big difference between this and porn those that cannot tell the difference need to watch some more porn.

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Nlayer
Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 9:48:56 PM
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If they don't force it into the story and it seems pointless, then I won't mind. As long as it has good intention involving the story, and the characters do it because that is their personality. I understand that when telling a story some things just fit, while others don't. I can't really say until I've played it of course, but I have high hopes that the company knows what they are doing.

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Robochic
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 @ 12:35:29 AM
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Nudity is Nudity, sex is sex if it's part of the game it's part of the game thats why they have ESRB rating. Some people need to get the broom out of the butt. This game is going to be amazing and nothing needs to be changed to the aspect of nudity if people don't like it don't buy it easy as that.

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just2skillf00l
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 @ 12:56:43 AM
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Yeah, I agree Robochic. Some content is either distasteful to some people, or too mature for other people. That is why games are rated certain ratings. If you don't care for the content or are too young to experience what the media has to offer, then simply forget about it, or wait until you hit 18. It's that simple. There are so many hateful people out there. Most of the time spewing hateful whirlwinds without cause or reason or even fully understanding the situation. That's what grinds my gears.

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___________
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 @ 2:03:05 AM
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cant wait for this game, every bit of info makes me want it just that little bit more its torture!
i just read that one of the DLCs is going to allow you to play as the origami killer.
i can see the headlines already.
"we interrupt your program for this breaking report."
"video game teaches you how to be a serial killer"
mmmmm just like MW2 taught you how to be a terrorist.
when will this poison leave us alone in peace?
its ok for movies to do it, but its not ok for games to do it?
yea, because video games have a larger influence on you.
thats the biggest load of tripe i have ever heard!
i cant go 1 day without playing duke nukem 3D.
its just a tradition, every single day i have to play it.
and im not the one shooting up schools am i?
at least not yet ;)

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ffyfe7
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 @ 3:43:10 AM
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I am 15 and I am purchasing this as the ratings in Australia only goes to MA 15+. But I believe that I am mature enough to handle this, I played Farenheit/Indigo Prophecy and I have been craving a game like this (without the ending of Farenheit/Indigo Prophecy) I am more mature than most teens and can handle nudity. While FPS's etc can be good to a degree, it only satisfies the most basic of urges. I love books and hope this can keep me interested on the same intellectual level as novels.

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 10:34:34 AM

It's going to be awesome, right? =D

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FxTales
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 @ 2:55:23 AM
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Pfft like it's going to be available for minors to play anyway, why do they worry so much if it's directed at ages 18+ or whatever?

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 10:31:42 AM

Pfft, like their parents aren't going to buy it for them.

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 10:33:54 AM
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It has nudity in it, but it's not senseless for it to be in it. I completely understand. It's like throwing out art classes in University's because they have nude sculpting and art, lol. No one throws those classes out of a University, so why would you have to throw it out of a game? It's a part of it, whether it's comfortable for the viewer or not.

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Crabba
Thursday, January 28, 2010 @ 2:55:17 PM
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I just can't get over that sex and nudity, both perfectly natural occurrences in human life (or any other animal life on the planet for that matter), is supposed to be so shocking and "bad", yet no one has a problem with the average shooter where you kill thousands of people, blow them up with grenades or shotguns, and see their remains splattered on the ground. It's a funny world we live in...

If you want to talk about profanity, go watch the movie Pride and Glory, I don't think they say anything but the F-word through the entire movie. I normally don't care about profantiy, but there it was just getting really annoying after a while...

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DarkSeed
Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 5:41:52 AM
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nudity often means tits and ass, and it stops there for those of you expecting a wang or a vag, don't get your hopes up. I say just enjoy the storyline and the gameplay.

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