David Cage has defended the striptease scene in Heavy Rain where character Madison Paige strips for a nightclub owner.
Apparently, players can send Madison into the loo to get “dolled up” before coming back out to strip for the nightclub owner, so as to divert his attention away from the employed pole-dancers at the club. Then there is the option to take him in the back and brandish a firearm to get information out of him.
“It was received in a very interesting way,” he told Eurogamer during GamesCom. “I think with this game we go from discovery to discovery. We had a couple of people who felt uncomfortable watching the scene, which is perfect because this is exactly what we wanted.
“You can’t pretend to trigger different types of emotions and just focus on adrenaline and fright and competition and frustration. You need to go through different emotions, and showing this scene in particular was for us a test to see if we can make people feel like Madison, having to get naked to do a striptease in front of this ugly guy, and obviously it worked because people felt very uncomfortable.
“You know, when we thought people would just enjoy getting her naked and have this teenage kind of feel, in fact no, they really felt like they were Madison and they felt very uneasy.”
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