Thursday, November 22, 2012

Killing, A-Okay. Naked Breasts, No Way!

In playing Hitman: Absolution I was struck again by this really weird thing that exists in popular media, like television and games. It is absolutely okay to gut your enemies in every gruesome way possible but showing a naked breast is a wild exception.

I can only think of a handful of (mainstream) games that have included nudity in this regard: God of War, The Saboteur, The Godfather, Dante's Inferno, uh, there might have been some in a Larry 6 (my memory is foggy).

Moments later Agent 47 garrotted this poor sap and
left his body in a dumpster. Fortunately, there are no
exposed breasts in this sequence. Phew! 
In the latest Hitman it just seems strange to be able to kill and destroy in creative ways, but when it comes to exposed skin somehow that's not okay. Agent 47 goes into a strip club and while there's exposed skin (technically) there are bathing suits and "pasties" involved. (The might as well have gone the Saints Row: The Third route and just blurred the sensitive areas.) IO Interactive, for whatever reason, just couldn't or wouldn't go the rest of the way.

Here's a situation where nudity would actually fit in with the locale that Agent 47 is stalking around. It doesn't make sense to just have boobs all over the place, but in a seedy strip joint, yeah it does make sense.

I'm not so sure that's a bulletproof argument for more nudity -- it's more of an observation that Violence is a-okay and Naked Breasts should rarely be seen (and never, ever heard) than any kind of argument for or against.

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