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Monday, July 25, 2005

Could The Sims 2 Be The Next Target Over Nudity Hacks?

There has been much hubbub made about the explicit scenes in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

I discussed that matter in an earlier post.

This time US attorney Jack Thompson who advocates against sex and violence in video games has made some statements against The Sims 2 claiming it to be a "paedophile's paradise".

Thompson claims that The Sims 2 is the "latest dirty little secret". He alleges that the game "contains, according to videogame news sites, full frontal nudity, including nipples, penises, labia and pubic hair."

To avoid anyone getting offended private areas are blurred, but Thompson claims that a hack could 'unblur' those areas.

While no sex occurs in the game people could potentially walk around naked inlcuding children.
Thus, the reason he claims the Sims 2 to be a "paedophile's paradise".

An EA publisher though disputes the claims that Thompson is making. He alleges that even if someone were to remove the blurred pixels they actually wouldn't see any genetalia because they are created like Barbie dolls: Barbie and Ken don't actually have genatalia.

Thompson later complained that "Electronic Arts has done nothing about this," and that EA Games is "co-operating, gleefully, with the mod community to turn Sims 2 into a porn offering."

The ESRB, the board which decides on the appropriate age rating for games is not currently thinking of changing the rating for The Sims 2, but this whole fiasco has many turning on the gaming industry and the mod community.


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