When building episodes for Grimm our design team is faced with the constant (and enjoyable) challenge of dreaming up light/dark ideas for everyone and everything Player will encounter in the game. Things like grass, trees, dogs, houses, windmills, and fountains – all must be imagined, then rendered as conceptual images in a light and dark form.
When Grimm runs around the goal is: Make everything dark! And when everything is made dark, the story itself turns dark. Scenes are introduced when Grimm relates the particular story point we’re visiting – for example:
“LRC encounters a Wolf in the deep dark woods. No wonder sheâ€™s not afraid. I have cats that look meaner, and more dangerous.”
This is how Grimm sets up the scene where Red Cap meets the Big Bad Wolf for the first time. Player’s goal is then to convert the scene and the setting into their proper dark version.
Sometimes these conversions are obvious, other times they stretch the imagination a bit – and often they are downright hilarious. But then we also get the odd ones:
Naked is bad? I don’t agree, but then many (especially in the US) do. I suppose we’re reinforcing the concept by having “darkened” characters that are naked versions of their light selves.
Many have commented on the topic of nudity vs. violence in video games. Why is it OK to gun down armies of terrorists, bad guys, and aliens – but decidedly NOT OK to flash a nipple? Given a choice between real-world streets filled with violence or ones filled with nipples – I prefer the latter (it’s called Bangkok, btw).
Images like the one above are interesting because they’re likely to test the boundaries of “acceptable”. Were the image a concept for a children’s toy, would it generate ire amongst the conservative nipple police? Being a concept image for a video game, I suspect the tolerance for nipple-action is much lower. Note: The female character is stripped of her nippletastic badges of honor – but I’m sure she’ll still do psychic damage on the overly sensitive.
If the next GTA featured a photo-real naked Barbie doll would it be tagged as pr0n and pulled from store shelves? Likely.
Then again, give Ken a ‘gat and he simply transfers to the “action toy” section.