Screenshots of a nude Ellen Page likeness were leaked earlier this month which called for Sony to attempt damage control. The screenshots and videos were of Ellen Page’s rendered image in what was supposed to be a tasteful shower scene, which has unfortunately landed Sony and Quantic Dream in hot water.
The video game to which Page has lent her likeness is Beyond: Two Souls. Though Page is not a gamer, she jumped at the chance to work with Sony and Quantic Dream as she is partial to taking creative risks. Page describes video game work as a “Crazy acting boot camp.” Unfortunately for her, much of the drama expected on a movie set is not exempt from the gaming industry.
The manipulated shower scene, which Sony and Quantic Dream are currently trying to remove, has garnered much attention from all sides of the industry, landing Page on the gaming map and has most likely given the game more notoriety. Some observers have hinted that this is a mere stunt. GTA V has mesmerized gamers worldwide, making it hard for newly launched games to gain a following. One could even say that if all else fails, get naked. However, in all fairness, Page is a respectable actress who would most likely never be a part of such a stunt.
The following is a video created via software development kit (SDK), which is a special version of hardware used to, among other things, create or manipulate scenes. In the infamous shower scene, the camera was pulled back to allow full view of Page’s nude body while she is taking a shower:
EDITORS NOTE: Video Removed
Sony is in the midst of controlling all nude likenesses of Page, which of course, will be a challenge since the internet is a vast highway. Rumors of an incoming lawsuit are circulating, which might have been the fire lit under Sony.
One by one, gaming news sources have noted Sony’s request to remove Page’s nude images from their websites. However, it is also noted that this is not the first time Quantic Dream has showcased full nudity in their games, but because Sony and Quantic Dream have landed in hot water over Ellen Page’s seemingly innocent shower scene, a mad scramble to make her happy may be needed to keep them out of court.
In the world of video games, it is not hard to figure that, with the easy manipulation of a celebrity likeness by way of any given software development kit, manipulating nudity or whatever vulgar image will always be the one mischievous feat waiting to be achieved. Perhaps this is to be expected, and if so, the question of liability will be under fire.
Quantic Dream and Sony are not the culprits of the leakage but they are guilty of showcasing Ellen Page’s pointless shower scene, which should land them in their own hot water. Such an issue should also be an impetus to do away with the egregiously nude fillers in most movies and video games. Nudity is expected in a certain context of several games and movies, but in scenes where it is meaningless, it is just creepy.
Written by: Dianna Coudriet