Sony Suspends PSN User For Sharing NSFW Watch Dogs 2 Screenshot - UPDATE

Sony Suspends PSN User For Sharing NSFW Watch Dogs 2 Screenshot - UPDATE

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Sharing an in-game screenshot could result in your PSN account being suspended, if that screenshot includes a vagina.

Update: The user in question has posted an update to his Twitter account, stating that Sony has lifted his suspension. There is still no clarity on how Sony's Code of Conduct applies to the sharing of in-game screenshots to social media, or how the user was able to engage in questionable activity while his account was already suspended. Should we learn any more, we will update you here.

Original Story: One Watch Dogs 2 player says his Sony Entertainment Network account was suspended after he discovered a fully rendered vagina in the game and shared a screenshot of his discovery on Twitter.

Adam was able to get the game on Saturday from Amazon, and began playing Sunday afternoon.

"I was having a really great time messing with the selfie camera in the game because Ubisoft did a fantastic job of framing Marcus realistically and all the npcs have so many great reactions. It's really incredible," he said. At one point during his playthrough, Adam "accidentally let off a gas pipe," and killed several prostitute characters.

"So I continue doing my selfie thing making Marcus react to the carnage around him," he says. "While doing this I noticed that one of the prostitutes had a fully modelled vagina."

Adam says that he assumed it was "an artist being sneaky," and thought it was something that was missed in QA. He used the share feature to upload the screenshot of the in-game vagina to his personal Twitter account(NSFW). The following day, he realized he was unable to sign into PlayStation Network, receiving a notification that his account had been suspended.

"I checked my emails to see if I had received any information as to why and I found the email telling me of my suspension."

In the email, Adam was informed that his account had been suspended due to "activity in Live from PlayStation" on November 14. The email specifically stated that "content of an adult or sexual nature is against our Code of Conduct."

The posting of "sexually offensive" content is outlined in the Code of Conduct, which states "Make sure your Online ID, messages, forum posts, user generated content or any other form of communication are not offensive to others: do not post anything that is defamatory (making an untrue statement that may be damaging to the person concerned) or racially, ethnically, religiously or sexually offensive."

Adam says that, when he thought the suspension was for a single week, he "was irritated and thought it would make for a good fun thread on NeoGAF. "I just wanted to vent and have a discussion with my favourite forum. I honestly never expected anything like the response I got."

After creating a thread on the popular forum, several different publications covered the story. After that, Adam received a second email. There was no mention of a Code of Content breach in this one. Instead, the email states: "We've made this decision based on your online activity in Live from PlayStation on 15-11-2016." However, Adam was already suspended from the prior day, so it's not immediately clear how he could have engaged in questionable online activity in Live from PlayStation when he was unable to access any network features.

"I was already suspended at this point and not able to post anything that would warrant a further ban," Adam says. "According to Sony the offense was committed today which is impossible"

Ubisoft has issued a statement on the matter, saying:

"We're aware that one of the NPC models in Watch Dogs 2 is rendered in a way that is particularly explicit," Ubisoft said in the statement. "While Watch Dogs 2 is a mature-rated game, we apologize and will update this NPC model to make it more consistent with other NPC models in the game in a patch to be released this week. We also are working with our first-party partners to ensure that players can continue to play and share all content from the game within the bounds of the first parties' respective codes of conduct."

We have reached out to Sony for clarity on how it's Code of Conduct handles the sharing of in-game screenshots to social media, as well as how the player in question was able to engage in questionable activity when his account was already suspended, and will update this post when more information is available.

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In unrelated news, Ubisoft NPC model artist is sacked and violently ejected from corporate headquarters. Film at 11.

I think Ubisoft might be overreacting to the criticism they got for "women are harder to animate".

Just a tad.

Oh god. It's gonna be Hot Coffee 2 electric boogaloo.

This is why we can't have nice things. Like vaginas.

Is the industry finally ready to admit that AAA M-rated games are expected to be as mature as playing with dolls? Because that's pretty much Sony's message.

Okay, so Sony checks your Twitter accounts? Or somebody complained that some digitally rendered vaggles got in the way of them enjoying their family meal of ham sandwiches?
There's a really weird double standard where penises are rendered and allowed but the vagiste is too much and must be removed? How curious. The game is already 18 rated, so I don't see how it is too far.

"Fully modeled" is a bit generous for what is seen. I've seen Skyrim mods with significantly more detail.

Not that it matters. There's no actual reason for it to be there anyway.

If there was a purpose for it being there, still, who cares? It's a fake vagina. In a fake game. For adults.

Yeah "Fully modeled vagina" is really over the top for what it is, it barely looks like one.
It just looks like the mirroring of the texture is a bit unfortunate in that area.

'oh noes, not nudity, anything but that, better ban them so they go back to doing wholesome things like murdering people horribly'

Really now, Sony, a simple message to this guy of "This content was not supposed to be in our game, please take the picture down and don't post any more like it, but thank you for bringing this to our attention" would've gone over far smoother- is that really so hard to understand? I doubt there was any malice here, but come on.

We had an RSAC, once. It was a beautiful thing. It said that an MPAA-style rating system would've been an insult to game consumers: that there should be a clear, simple, and OBJECTIVE system of measuring sex, violence, and (objectionable) language. And it made one. And people said "No, we don't want to make informed decisions! We want the ESRB!" And so it was. And perhaps that makes sense; after all, you don't want to corrupt the morals of children who play M-rated games but otherwise have perfect parental supervision to keep them from being exposed to anything sexual.

The Vagina. The most dangerous weapon on the planet in human history...

...

... For some reason?

Parasondox:
The Vagina. The most dangerous weapon on the planet in human history...

...

... For some reason?

Vaginas are designed to steal your penis! And if you wouldn't rather be horribly maimed with your entrails spread across a dirty street than lose your penis, then you are not a man!

Even though you actually are a man, because you have a penis. Unless a vagina stole it!

Why are our own body parts still some of the most controversial and tabu things on the planet?
Every single year there are 20 "artists" who paint, photograph or sculpt hundreds of vaginas for all to see, but putting one in a mature game is horrible?

As much as I don't think cunts are visually appealing they don't harm anyone, so bring them on. We should have more majestic cocks out there as well.

So apparently the patch removed vaginas but kept the penises lol. I don't see the point of removing either frankly.

Weaver:
So apparently the patch removed vaginas but kept the penises lol. I don't see the point of removing either frankly.

Ubisoft like hot dogs more than tacos it seems.

Weaver:
So apparently the patch removed vaginas but kept the penises lol. I don't see the point of removing either frankly.

Population control? In the virtual world? I dunno, to be honest...

People are weird.

Wait, what? There's a vagina in Watch Dogs 2? Why?

Fulbert:
Wait, what? There's a vagina in Watch Dogs 2? Why?

Because people in the real world have vaginas.

Devieus:

Fulbert:
Wait, what? There's a vagina in Watch Dogs 2? Why?

Because people in the real world have vaginas.

People in the real world have intestines and lungs and all sorts of inner parts and those are not usually modelled unless they are intended to be exposed - like in Left4Dead, for instance. Is there some sort of a frontal nudity scene in WD2?

Fulbert:

Devieus:

Fulbert:
Wait, what? There's a vagina in Watch Dogs 2? Why?

Because people in the real world have vaginas.

People in the real world have intestines and lungs and all sorts of inner parts and those are not usually modelled unless they are intended to be exposed - like in Left4Dead, for instance. Is there some sort of a frontal nudity scene in WD2?

I think they found it on an NPC out in the world the player killed that was wearing crotchless panties.

I don't see what the big deal is. Fair's fair, we see a dude pissing on a wall in the game, why's this causing such an uproar?

Fulbert:

Devieus:

Fulbert:
Wait, what? There's a vagina in Watch Dogs 2? Why?

Because people in the real world have vaginas.

People in the real world have intestines and lungs and all sorts of inner parts and those are not usually modelled unless they are intended to be exposed - like in Left4Dead, for instance. Is there some sort of a frontal nudity scene in WD2?

Any accidental upskirt shot could qualify as a moment crotches have a reason to be exposed.

 

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