Ellen Page and the Streisand Effect

Who here cares about Ellen Page? Anyone? Yes, you in the back, what’s your name?

Sony.”

Okay Sony, You mind not making a big deal out of stupid things such as this? Ever heard of the Streisand Effect?:

The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.

The more you scream about it the more people are going to pay attention to it, which increases the likelihood that it will become news and will cross my path, thus wasting some of my precious time.

“Too late!”

Who said that!? Was it you reddit!? Oh god it was…

Well, there goes any chance of keeping this under wraps. I don’t even know why I bothered to write about this. Then again, I never knew about the Streisand Effect before this, so I learned something new at least. Oh well, here’s a link to what all the commotion is about (NSFW). Have your fun.

Though I have to ask – why is this even in the game? Video game enthusiasts love to talk a big game about taking the hobby seriously, and then we get incidents such as this popping up in apparently “mature” titles. Heavy Rain did it too, and it was just as gratuitous there as it is in this game. Then again, you have to remember the primary demographic that is being catered to here.

It’s all about appeasing the lowest common denominator.

Ellen Page

I was bored. Don’t judge me.