Beyond: Two Souls Has Full Frontal Ellen Page Nudity, for No Apparent Reason
Gaming has one universal truth, and that's if a female character exists, there are fans who want to see her naked. It doesn't matter what kind of character it is, or if she's played by a real actress who isn't exactly known for doing titillating roles. Gaming is full of horny young males, and unfortunately some of them are the ones actually making the games.
That brings us to the scandal surrounding Beyond: Two Souls. The cinematic game stars a character modeled from and voiced by Ellen Page on an adventure in which she's connected to an otherworld entity via a hamburger phone. Now, even though Beyond is brought to us by a man already responsible for crimes against virtual sex, the game isn't too risque when it comes to Page. Sure, she walks around in her underwear a few times, and there's a totally gratuitous shower scene, but it's tastefully shot -- which it would have to be, as Ellen Page has a no-nudity clause in her contract. So the scene is there either as fairly tame fan service or to give gamers the raw next-gen gameplay thrills of pretending to clean themselves.
Press X to spend five minutes alternating between "freezing" and "scalding."
But then someone used the PlayStation 3's debug mode, something only developers and testers generally have access to, to view the scenes from other angles. And that's how they discovered that some proud developer went through the trouble of rendering Ellen Page's entire naked body, including nipples. Censorship boxes added by us:
They cover the uncensored boxes added by David Cage.
To be clear, they didn't scan and upload Ellen Page's actual naked body, so plan your disgust and/or masturbation accordingly. It's Page's head slapped on a 3D model lovingly drawn and colored by someone at the studio, for reasons unknown (although we can guess). Obviously most 3D models are about as sexual as a Barbie doll because, like that bear jousting arena we gave up on building, why go through the effort of making something you're never going to use? Unless, of course, the game makers had some other "use" for it.
There were rumors that Page considered suing, but apparently that was blown out of proportion. Sony initially sent out legal threats to the sites hosting the stills, but what would legal action have accomplished beyond generating headlines that would serve to notify millions of other gamers to go seek out the images? It's kind of a no-win situation, and the bigger question is simply What the fuck were they thinking?
Wasn't doing this to her face creepy enough?