LordLJ wrote:The game game can, and should, be the exact way the developers want it. However, you don't have to show someone being graphically tortured, to know they are being graphically tortured. To show the actual act of someone being tortured, or having sex, in the game, only serves to show it. If, for example, in game, it's stated: Billy was horrifyingly raped, and tortured. Instead of showing those actions just for the sake of showing those actions, the game will avoid the controversy, and retain the artistic point.
The developers can push the limit of M rating, that is fine, but to crossover into AO territory requires excessive violence and sex, which the game probably won't have at that level anyway.
I'd just like to add that even depiction of that kind of stuff won't get WL2 an AO rating. Look at the rape scene in The Virgin Spring--you think something like that would net us AO? Not by a long shot. AO, to a certain extent, has a kind of prerequisite over-the-top base vulgarity. inXile, in effect, would have to show more than necessary, in an artless way to boot, to get that rating. They would literally have to violate the artistic integrity that these white knights are supposedly attempting to protect.
Not that it's particularly relevant anyway, since I have yet to see compelling arguments that inXile should include such extreme subject matter in the first place. It gets away from WL1's more light-hearted core.