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Saints Row: The Third
GDC 2012: How a Floppy Dildo Saved Saints Row The Third from the Brink
Written Thursday, March 08, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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In any creative endeavour, there are eureka moments where everything comes together, where a cohesive vision reveals itself. For Saints Row The Third that moment arrived with a purple dildo bat.

Speaking at GDC 2012 today, SRTT's design director Scott Phillips revealed that the early days of the project were beset by problems. “For the first six months or so, Saints Row The Third went in a very different direction,” he said.

“We started off with the idea that the player was an undercover agent, infiltrating the Saints. We did this to allow the player to make choices. We wanted choice to be a much bigger part of the game.

“So maybe in a mission you would come  across a big bale of cocaine. You'd have the choice of either handing it into the FBI or giving it to the Saints. Each of those choices would have different paths.

“It would have been fun, but the question was, 'Is this a Saints Row game? And the answer was no, this is not a Saints Row game. So about six months in we reset. We reset the story and a lot of the key design tenets.”

Despite this, however, the game still faced identity problems. Volition just weren't sure what tone the game should adopt. “The result was confusion,” said Phillips.

But then came was Phillips calls an “aha!” moment. The dildo bat.

“Initially it was just one bullet pointed weapon on one mission spec amongst thirty to forty missions. It was just not a big part of the game. When the weapon artist took it, I think that the description was just dildo weapon. So he took that and created a giant six foot long, enormous dildo.

“Then he took it to the tech guys who rigged it up and got it all floppy. He took it to the audio guys who added some wet, sloppy, slapping sounds. And then we put it in the game.

“The team just loved it. We felt it was awesome. We finally felt we were playing something that  you wouldn't play anywhere else. It was a nice moment for the team to really gel and say, 'You know what? We know what Saints Row The Third is now.'”




 
 

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Comment #1 by FilmNoir7
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 03:10:26 PM
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So the game was save by a dildo?!@#% WTF

 
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Comment #2 by AlphaCookie
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 03:22:58 PM
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Dildos. The Duck Tape of the video game world.

 
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Comment #3 by Canadian_Wilson
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 03:31:59 PM
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Looks like dildo's aren't just meant for women anymore

 
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Comment #4 by RabidJellyfish
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 03:41:29 PM
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wat

 
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Comment #5 by mjc0961
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 03:57:46 PM
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I guess that explains why the game felt so rushed and why the story had to be padded with activities to keep it going a bit longer.

 
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Comment #6 by dda1996a
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 04:13:34 PM
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dildos, saving video games one game at at time

 
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Comment #7 by dmmx32
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 05:05:48 PM
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The game was great anyways.

 
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Comment #8 by The Hitman 666
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 05:30:38 PM
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Saints Row is just awesome anyway!

 
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Comment #9 by Scorpkahn
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 05:39:30 PM
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San Andreas had it first... JUST SAYIN' YO

 
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Comment #10 by mjc0961
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 05:52:42 PM
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@9: San Andreas did not have a dildo bat first. It just had a regular dildo. Huge difference. JUST SAYIN' YO

 
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Comment #11 by I_Shoot_Stuff
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 05:54:21 PM
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Game is amazing, really enjoyed it much more than GTA IV.

 
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Comment #12 by gaviota1195
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 06:09:19 PM
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I know this is gonna sound weird,but THANK GOD FOR SEX TOYS!!!!!!

 
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Comment #13 by A_Fairs
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 09:00:49 PM
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@gaviota1195 A lot of girls would agree with you on that.

 
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Comment #14 by FunkGuardian
Thursday, March 08, 2012 @ 10:20:06 PM
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So dildos made Saints Row The Third? *snaredrum*

 
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Comment #15 by DMCV
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 03:39:08 AM
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I expect the next AC instalment to have dildo in it now too.

 
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Comment #16 by TroubleMaker411
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 06:10:09 AM
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PS3T:
How a floppy dildo in a headline made me read the story!


 
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Comment #17 by EmptyFibers
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 07:22:35 AM
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Wow, this is honestly sad.

 
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Comment #18 by dodgethis1
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 07:40:14 AM
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headline news saints row the third saved by the purple penertrator!

 
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Comment #19 by NewVincent
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 08:27:11 AM
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Wait so... Saint Row Third is a giant floppy dildo?

 
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Comment #20 by FilmNoir7
Friday, March 09, 2012 @ 08:28:12 AM
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Games are safe if they used a dildo!

 
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Comment #21 by DarkByke
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 04:12:36 AM
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Let's be honest here... there never was a story to begin with. The game is sandbox style, where anything goes. You do the same missions over and over, just like any GTA game previously.... This article makes it seem so dramatic, moreso than it needs to be. The purpose of their game was to be so outlandish and over-the-top rediculous to begin with, that is what sold it. It was raunchy and 18+ with sex, drugs, and killing. That was their market..


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Developer:
Volition
Publisher:
THQ
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Release:

US November 15, 2011
Europe November 18, 2011
Japan November 17, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1
Online Players : 2
ESRB: Mature
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