OCP

There's something wrong with the man.

Jack Thompson is-this is not a joke-attacking The Sims 2. His claim is that pedos can use cheats to remove the blur used for censoring.

Knowing that the game is popular among all ages, EA has even taken steps to ensure that Sims fans aren't exposed to indecent depictions. In the recent expansion pack, The Sims 2 University, gamers can send their teenage sims off to college. However, instead of packing the expansion with "keggers" and "reefer," EA chose to use juice and bubble blowers.

Thompson doesn't seem to care. He cites a cheat code that can remove the blur that covers the nether regions. "The nudity placed there by the publisher/maker, Electronic Arts, is accessed by the use of a simple code that removes what is called 'the blur' which obscures the genital areas. In other words, the game was released to the public by the manufacturer knowing that the full frontal nudity was resident on the game and would be accessed by use of a simple code widely provided on the Internet."


Let's look at this logically. For someone to find this they have to

  1. Want to remove the blurs.
  2. Know that the blurs can be removed.
  3. Actively search for the code allowing them to remove the blurs.

I fail to see how EA is responsible for any of that. One thing's for sure; EA's flagging sales are going up again.

Jeff Brown, vice president of corporate communications at EA, in response to the accusations, told GameSpot, "This is nonsense. We've reviewed 100 percent of the content. There is no content inappropriate for a teen audience. Players never see a nude sim. If someone with an extreme amount of expertise and time were to remove the pixels, they would see that the sims have no genitals. They appear like Ken and Barbie."

Thompson doesn't buy it. "The sex and the nudity are in the game. That's the point. The blur is an admission that even the 'Ken and Barbie' features should not be displayed. The blur can be disarmed. This is no different than what is in San Andreas, although worse."
Wait, seing genitals is different from a sex minigame? Which is, in itself, in a game which allows you pimp out hookers?

The minigame in San Andreas requires someone to, again, actively search for the tools which would allow them to see it. The purported genatalia in the Sims 2 requires someone to actively hunt down this purported cheat code.

[UPDATE] Thompson this afternoon updated his earlier statement, saying he is aware certain mods only remove "the blur," but adds that "Electronic Arts has done nothing about this." Thompson's new conclusion: EA is "cooperating, gleefully, with the mod community to turn Sims 2 into a porn offering."
Yes, because it's easy for a corporation to hunt down each and every mod for a wildly popular game, and release a blanket patch. What Bizarro logic is Thompson using here? And why doesn't he have screenshots? And who wants to take bets on whether he goes after "God of War"'s sex minigame next? Anyone?

I can't wait for Monday, to see what Penny Arcade does with this.

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