As some of you might be aware there's always some hidden stuff in games, or hacks that you can do to games to allow for activities that aren't supposed to happen to the average end user. The most infamous of all of these is the Hot Chocolate incident which if you were able to get get a hold of some code would allow you to play a sex game deeply embedded in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Well now there's a new "hack" that apparently has people questioning where to point the finger. It turns out that some very code savvy individuals have found a way to hack the cameras in Beyond Two Souls, a game that is only out for the PS3, by putting the game in debug mode. When they do this they can change the camera positioning, be it a different angle or a different zoom on specific parts of the game.
Now the part of the game of course that is getting the most attention is the shower scene. A part of the game that has a nude Jodie Holmes taking a shower, but only shows close up, "clean", shots. Well apparently if you change the angle or zoom out you can see all the Jodie has to offer, which technically means that you get to see all of Ellen Page, as she is the actress that was used for the game. The question then becomes who is going to get the blame for this? Sony is already threatening lawsuits at anyone who posts a clear picture of any of this scene, though since the picture is already out there I think we can all say that's a lost cause.
An interesting legal question about this is the no nude clause in actors' and actresses' contracts, is there such a thing for video games when dealing with a 3D rendering (perhaps interpretation) of an actor or actress? If there is I wonder who will have to foot the bill if Ellen Page goes for damages.
The interesting thing to note is that this act was done on a debug console, that's basically the only way to do that, so that means that the leak of these photos happened because of a developer that has developed on the PS3 now or in the past, so what might this do for future games appearing on the Sony systems?
I guess we all have a lot of questions, and we'll see what comes out. I'm pretty sure that we're not going to have a public outcry like we did with Hot Chocolate over this, but this is still an issue that will have to be dealt with, and might have some ramifications for future "nude"-esque scenes. Perhaps programmers and artists will have to change their rendering style for things not supposed to be in the exact frame, then again if that's the case I think most programmers can tell you that unless you get REALLY specific being able to move the cameras would null that protection out and you'd be right back to where we are now.