Only a couple of days after the release of PS3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls, some resourceful hacker managed to access the game’s secret debug mode. This allowed him to view, and share with the rest of the world, images of the totally nude 3D character model of the game’s lead actress, Ellen Page.
Now Sony is on a mission to wipe out all these images from the internet, going so far as to crack down on published articles featuring the naked actress, according to Polygon
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A hacker’s playground delight
It was early this month when someone on Reddit
uploaded screenshots of Beyond: Two Souls’ now infamous shower scene featuring the game's character digitally rendered after and voiced by Ellen Page.
Somehow, the user was able to access the game’s debug mode, allowing him to freely maneuver the game’s camera within the scene. This enabled him to obtain a full view of Ellen Page’s nude character model. He then proceeded to take screenshots, and share them online.
All doubts about the authenticity of the images were put to rest when a Kotaku source
confirmed the existence of a debug mode within the game. This was originally used by the developers for purposes of game testing and “quality assurance”. The “cheat” enabling user access to this functionality had been disabled by the developers prior to the game’s release, however, which could have only meant one thing: that hacker really wanted to see Ellen Page nude in the shower.
Here's the SFW version of that same scene:
The screenshots have since then been taken down from the Imgur account on which they were originally posted. Sony has contacted other sites that had published articles on the incident, while reaching out to image-hosting sites to remove said images for “legal reasons”.
“The images are from an illegally hacked console and is very damaging for Ellen Page,” stated a representative for Sony Computer Entertainment America. “It’s not actually her body. I would really appreciate if you can take the story down to end the cycle of discussion around this.”
Celebrity likeness woes
Celebrity likenesses within video games have been cause for trouble before. In 2009, Courtney Love sued Activision for using the likeness of her dead husband, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, in Guitar Hero 5. That same year, Activision was sued by No Doubt for having the game, Band Hero, use the rock band’s in-game avatars to perform other artists’ songs.
Early this year, Gate Five, the developer of a dancing game called Starpower: Beyoncé, sued the eponymous diva, claiming that she had shown, “a bad faith breach of contract so callous that, on what appeared to be a whim, she destroyed Gate Five’s business and drove 70 people into unemployment.” The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court, though the terms remain undisclosed. — TJD, GMA News