NSFW – Mafia II to Include Uncensored Vintage Playboy Issues

By: Joe Grogan

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You may have been hearing for a little while now that 2K Games and Playboy have teamed up to bring vintage issues of the magazine to Mafia II as hidden collectibles.  What you may not have known is that all of the the centerfold models of the magazines will appear completely nude and uncensored.

You read right.  According to multiple sources, including German gaming website Cynamite, Mafia II will feature up-scale 1950′s pornography, taken straight from actual issues of Playboy.  With the industry taking enough heat as it already is, nudity in video games is something that’s only recently begun being explored.  Even Playboy’s self-titled ripoff of The Sims was censored, much to the chagrin of some ill-informed gamers.

But it appears that the development team behind Mafia II is throwing the book, or should I say the magazine, out the window with this move.  So what exactly does that mean?  Well, in the long run, it hopefully means that game developers and the world’s rating boards can come to a compromise.  Ideally, this will be a learning experience for the ESRB and similar organizations, allowing them to see that the inclusion of mature content in games, if done right, can actually create a more realistic and enjoyable experience for age-appropriate audiences, while keeping enough pressure on developers that every game doesn’t turn into a ten hour jiggle physics marathon.

Of course, in the short-term, nude playboy models will mean nothing but trouble.  The ESRB is going to have a field day with Mafia II, and the world’s Jack Thompson wannabes are going to go to town.  A week after the game’s release, headlines about this “controversy” are going to be lighting up the front page of every major website, from Yahoo to AOL to MSNBC.  And, of course, the whole ordeal wouldn’t be complete without thousands of underage boys across the country begging on their hands and knees for their mothers to buy them a copy of the game.

Anyway, check out the screenshots below (unless your boss is around) and share your thoughts in the comments section.

  • Geoff Calver

    Wooh. Thank God this was labeled NSFW.

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