Saints Row about more than porn stars and dildo hats

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Saints Row is a GTA parody, clearly seen as the clown of the gaming industry.  It’s fun, silly and over the top.  So why were they less than impressed with the emphasis on porn stars in previous iterations?

Associate producer, Kate Nelson, told Edge:

“I did not always love how much THQ put an emphasis on porn stars. In Saints Row 2 and Saints Row 3 there was an emphasis on the penthouse girls, and earlier Tera Patrick. I think it’s important in marketing games to make sure that the essence of the game is what’s being marketed, and I think the porn star angle didn’t really fit in with what Saints Row is at heart, which is a parody. We like to poke fun.”

She goes on to say that Saints Row IV is less likely to enrage feminists:

“You can be an important female character – you don’t have to have a D cup either. You can be large woman, a small woman – you can be blue. You can be who you want to be in the game and you have powerful female characters written into the narrative. […] I hear women talk on panels and they’re like ‘there are no people that look like me in games’. Well, actually in my game [the main character] can look like you as our customization system is so extensive.”

Maybe, like all the other press people she criticizes, I just don’t get it.  However, it seems to me that the whole point of Saints Row is that it’s an awesome parody of the genre.  It’s fun, it’s silly, it’s bizarre – it doesn’t care about empowering women or minorities, it’s about the pure joy of shooting the dub step gun/cannon.  Nelson’s statements almost feel like they’re attacking THQ way after the fact, jumping on the bandwagon to ingratiate herself to new bosses.  \

Sure, porn stars weren’t exactly the focus of the game, but it’s not as if people use porn stars in marketing because they want to be taken seriously – they are a joke in marketing, too.  The whole point is that Saints Row does what it wants, parodies GTA, and has a solid place with many gamers as a brilliant guilty pleasure.  

Last Updated: August 6, 2013

Zoe Hawkins

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